IKEA is synonymous with Scandinavian design, but nothing celebrates Nordic style quite like this transformed KALLAX.
This piece is unrecognizable from its flatpack heritage – but it does stay true to Sweden's traditional aesthetic through unique wooden details and a minimalist color scheme that creates a rustic style space.
You've probably seen the KALLAX repurposed as a bookcase, home office organization center, or perhaps even as show storage – but this design takes the crown for uniqueness – and nods to all its Scandinavian roots, in all the right ways.
IKEA KALLAX before
Kate began by picking up the KALLAX and assembling them from the instructions. She then used a pencil and tape measure to mark where the hairpin legs (from IronmongeryDirect) would sit before using a drill and screws to secure them in place.
'To celebrate the launch of Rothley's Hairpin legs, I was challenged to transform a piece of furniture,' Kate shares alongside the reveal. 'What better than an IKEA hack?'
The designer then took two KALLAX door inserts and used WordPress White Oak 22mm x 7.5mm Real Oak Iron-On Edging to cut the pieces to size. This oak veneer comes in different tones and can be cut to size using scissors. So, you can choose the pattern that works for you.
She then ironed the pattern onto door fronts before attaching IKEA BEGRIPA handles to each door.
Once the doors were complete, Kate sanded down the worktop before placing it on top of the cabinet with strong glue – and left it to dry.
IKEA KALLAX after
To conclude the transformation, Kate styled her KALLAX with a curated selection of accessories – to keep it on the right side of minimalism. Notable features include the Athena Calderone-inspired circular vase and art books that complement the unit's subtle color scheme.
This modern decorating idea will elevate your scheme through its minimal lines and pared-back hues that wouldn't look out of place in a Stockholm showroom. It all starts with a trip to the interiors powerhouse.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, well-being stories, and celebrity-focused pieces.
Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US whilst studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site.
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