Here’s a $20 hack to turn the popular IKEA Kallax into a cheap mid-century inspired tv table or tv stand – works with multiple sizes too!
A project I had been procrastinating since last summer is to jazz up/repurpose an old IKEA Kallax shelf and turn it into a TV stand. I’ve been keeping an eye out for this unit from Structube for over a year (it’s a popular one on the US Amazon site but too pricey to ship to Canada) but given that it’s currently out of stock, wayyyyyy overpriced at $259 and barely wide enough for a 50-inch TV I planned on getting, I decided to hack my own.
Admittedly I was tempted to go the IKEA route again but I had the 1×4 KALLAX unit that was just begging to be used. It served its purpose as a bookshelf, closet organizer and I’d say this KALLAX piece is probably the one that I liked using most since it’s so versatile. It helps that the matching BRANAS rattan baskets tied the multiple “wood” element in the living room together.
You can purchase custom IKEA furniture legs from Pretty Pegs and I actually really liked the Carl in Ash Natural finish. These legs are custom-designed to fit IKEA furnitures and shipping is not too expensive if you don’t mind paying the shipping and customs fees. I’ve seen similar hacks using the CAPITA legs ($18/4 pc) or one of IKEA’s sofa leg options. I hate the stainless steel finish of the CAPITA and the others weren’t attractive.
I decided to DIY this hack having seen many of them on youtube and blogs. I’m not even sure this is worthy of a blog post but here’s to sharing.
By the way, this hack works on several KALLAX dimensions including the 2×4, 2×2; the 4×4 may be too heavy.
What You’ll Need:
- IKEA Kallax unit
- 4x 10cm legs ($20-30 for 4 pcs) – you can get them from Amazon or pick one of IKEA’s sofa or CAPITA legs
- Leg plates (if the legs you order don’t come with it)
- Screwdriver / drill bits (I used 3/16)
This is a super simple DIY that didn’t take too long as well. I ordered a set 10cm leg as that’s all the height boost I needed to bring the KALLAX and the TV to the best viewing height when seated on the couch. It also helps that shorter legs means your TV is closer to the centre of gravity, so less likely to cause the KALLAX to tip.
My “legs” came with the plates and necessary screws so it was all about measuring and marking them off. Drilling pilot holes into these KALLAX unit was super simple – I had a harder time drilling into the legs (as they didn’t come pre-drilled).
I measured the leg plates to approx. 1-3/4 inches on each side; this means my plate won’t sit on the connecting bottom piece. The 1-3/4 inset is enough that it “hid” the legs but peeks through if you like how it looks.
Once mounted, the TV weight is evenly distributed and sits close to where the legs are installed (as you can see in the image above). I’m fairly confident this means the KALLAX won’t tip nor would it require to be hooked to the wall (you should if you have young children). You could also get the BESTA Supporting Leg ($5 each) from IKEA which provides reinforcement and designed in a way that it’s somewhat hidden under the unit and adjustable in height.
The Before DIY Pictures
Here’s a shot of what it looked like before – on a grand scale, doesn’t look like a lot of changes but the addition of the leg and cleaned up surface and boost in height helped refresh the space! There was no rhyme or reason to the set up of the previous one and my sister donated her gaming screen for about a year as I was keeping an eye out for a unit that would fit to my decor.