From ALEX drawers to dual function drop leaf kitchen cart.
I live in a small studio apartment with no real kitchen.
Behind the butcher block, you may notice half of an IKEA RAKKE, which houses some food, some spices and sauces, my microwave and my slow cooker, as well as my small vacuum cleaner in the bottom drawer!
With counter space at a premium, I’d been thinking about a trolley for a while.
But then lockdown hit and I was spending all day at home working in a dark corner. (I only have windows on one wall.) And I realised I needed a way to have a table I could work at and get some sun.
A few days of googling later and I decided I could make my own drop leaf kitchen cart using items and materials I already had at home (except for hinges)!
Because of this, the total project cost came in at under £5 and was done within a day.
Place the butcher block on top with BEKVÄM overhanging and the rail against the back of the unit. I’ve made this stable using rubber rings placed under the butcher block but you could obviously do something more permanent.
Next, cut planks, sand, treat and fasten together with the mending plate.(Originally, I was going to have it optional whether or not both went up. I could still revert to this as they’re on separate hinges.)
To determine hinge placement, put one of the planks butted up against the butcher block overhang. Place hinges underneath and draw in the screw placement on both the bottom of the table and on the drawer unit. (This is easier with a friend but I managed to do it alone.)
Adding removable brackets for the table
The table is held up by removable shelf brackets. It can take a good amount of weight but I wouldn’t sit on it. I will probably add a leg at some stage.
To determine where the brackets under the fold out table should be (note: the longer side of the bracket should be horizontal), after securing table to the side of the unit, place bracket under the table pushed all the way up, putting enough pressure on it that it’s slightly higher than level.
Draw markers for holes on the drawer unit only. Then, hammer in small nails at the hole placement so that the bracket can be easily popped on and off over the nails. (Remember to double check the nail heads fit through the holes!)
Finally, attach cabinet handle to the other side to ease movement.
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.