Creative Ways to Hack Your IKEA Alex Drawers

The ALEX drawer range is one of the most popular IKEA storage solutions for home offices, craft rooms, and other workspaces. And rightly so. It’s versatile, looks compact but stores a whole lot.

ikea alex drawer storage system

The ALEX range of drawers comes in various sizes. There’s a 5-drawer unit, a 4-drawer unit with drop file storage, a 6-drawer flat file storage unit on casters, the tall 9-drawer unit, and a slim EKBY ALEX shelf with 2-drawers. The drawers in different sizes mean you can choose the right kind of storage for your things — organize small items or crafting materials in the shallow drawers and larger office supplies or files in the deeper ones. 


Completing the range are 2 IKEA ALEX desks with a steel underframe. These come in 2 sizes.  


Material-wise, the ALEX drawers are made of particleboard and come in white, gray, black-brown, or other wood veneer finishes. 


One of the advantages of the ALEX is its versatility. The shorter drawers can fit under an IKEA tabletop to create a desk, work surface, or makeup vanity. You can use it as standalone storage or pair it with other IKEA furniture to create custom storage solutions. IKEA covered the back of the drawer so you can use it anywhere in the room.


Overall, the IKEA ALEX drawers are a functional and stylish storage solution. However, if they are too “office-y” for you, IKEA Hackers is here to inspire you to hack them to fit your needs and decor.


Here are some of our top IKEA ALEX desks and hacks


1. Build a large L-shaped desk with ALEX drawers and IKEA countertops 

2. Combine a drawer and a trestle leg for a stylish IKEA ALEX desk 

3. Make a slim mid-century-style sofa table 

4. Use the EKBY ALEX as a monitor stand 

5. Add drawers to the PAX wardrobe with ALEX storage units


Scroll down for more IKEA ALEX hacks and answers to commonly asked questions like “how to secure an IKEA table top to the ALEX drawer?”