KALLAX TV unit with large double cube compartment

The IKEA KALLAX is one of the most versatile piece of cube storage furniture in the Swedish blue and yellow store. What we love is the strong clean lines and versatile cube storage that will never go out of style. And if it does, you can always hack it. 

One thing to note is the hollow structure of the KALLAX bookshelf, so you'll need to be careful when drilling or cutting the KALLAX. 

Another fun fact: Before the KALLAX was the EXPEDIT. It looked the same except for some size difference. The material is probably different too. Some swear the EXPEDIT is more sturdier and perhaps it is, mine is still standing strong. So if you find IKEA EXPEDIT hacks you like, they will most likely work for the KALLAX too.

ikea kallax unit


  • Size of cube: 13"x13" (33cm x 33cm)
  • Materials: Particleboard, Fiberboard, Acrylic paint, Honeycomb structure paper filling (100% recycled), Plastic edging
  • Accessories: Drawer inserts, shelf inserts, door inserts, inserts with compartments, insert for bottles, baskets, boxes


The KALLAX is available from a small single cube to 1x2, 1x4, 2x2, 2x4, 3x3, 4x3, 4x4 and a massive 5x5 unit. That's a whole lot of KALLAX config to fit any intent and purposes.


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Other than the frames, we cannot miss the add-ons. IKEA sells an underframe to lift the KALLAX frame off the floor. It comes in two sizes: 2-cube or 4-cube wide.

Then of course, there's a plethora of inserts. Doors, shelves, drawers, boxes and baskets so you can slice and dice the cube storage exactly the way you want it.    


Besides the obvious as a storage unit and room divider, the KALLAX is popularly used for IKEA hacks and repurposing. 

The IKEA KALLAX can be turned into a beautiful TV stand, reading nook, platform bed and genius movable kitchen island.

Check out our tips on how to add legs to the KALLAX and close up the back of the KALLAX and bring your DIY project to the next level.

Scroll down for our list of clever IKEA KALLAX hacks and get your project off the ground and running. 


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