Picture of IKEA Epedit Plywood Hack

We've got two IKEA Expedit units a couple of years ago. Nice and cheap stuff but not as good for storing books as we initially thought. So we cam up with a plywood boxes that will combine all of this:

  • Look good
  • Store books
  • Store small less often used stuff on the back (like Christmas toys, backup light bulbs etc)
  • Be easy to operate
  • Be doable with hand tools.

So here we go: we built three of these boxes and one for storing wine bottles. Books and wine go bloody well together especially in a winter evening.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

We have no laser cutter or CNC so everything is done by hand:

  • Sheet of 8mm / 0.3" thick plywood
  • Some trash cardboard for the prototype (if you use our drawings you don't need it)
  • Hand saw
  • Chisel
  • Rubber hammer
  • Sandpaper
  • Slamps
  • Glue
  • Ruler and angle
  • Beer bottles! (optional)
Ireek RN8 months ago

Love the Expedit functionality and versatility. And you've done something more than putting in overused fabric boxes! Awesome!

Nice! I'm going to have to build a few of these.