I needed a tiny shelf on my bathroom wall but IKEA offered only bigger ones. So I used 3 pieces of the smaller VARIERA shelf insert to make a small bathroom shelf shelf. You can try using other quantities or the bigger one as well.
On the top level (or the bottom, depending on your viewpoint, check pics), find a decorative hole on both sides that are circle shaped. Fix the corner brackets using screws, nuts and screw washers in these two holes.
Drill two holes in the wall, put the dowels in.
Fix the shelves onto the wall using screws and screw washers. And you’re done.
How long and how much did it cost?
Approximately 30 USD for the shelves from IKEA. For the other materials I don’t remember exactly, a few dollars.
What do you like most about the hack?
It looks cool, almost like it was the intended use. By putting the shelves on the wall upside down, the levels have a lip on their edges which prevents objects from accidentally falling off them.
The best thing is, my wife also likes it.
What was the hardest part about this hack?
Figuring out how to do it. At first, I wanted to use the holes that were meant to fix the shelf parts together as the decorative holes seemed too narrow. However, I couldn’t keep the parts together. And then, I found bigger circle shaped decorative holes and it was a cinch.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.