IKEA Tool Box Hack




How to hack an IKEA FIRA mini chest into a nice looking tool box for the office.

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Step 1: What You Need

All you need is one of the IKEA FIRA mini chest, a pack of KOSING handles (6 pieces for $1.99), and some #8 metal washers from the hardware store. I went with the cheapest handles, but you can go for nicer ones.

There are several configurations for the FIRA mini chest. Pick one that you like.

Step 2: Installing the Handles

There are three key to installing the handles on top:

1. The handles must line up with the semi circular openning at the top of the drawers. Otherwise the screw at the bottom of the top plate will block the drawer from openning.

2. The screws that come with the handles are too long. Insert up to four washers to space the screw so that it will screw tight.

3. Install the handles before installing the horizontal dividers in the chest. Otherwise it is much harder to work on the screw.

And you are Done!



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    12 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is so cool- THese would be perfect for work- Were good wooden toolboxes cost $100+ or more

    1 reply

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Enjoyed. From what I can see from here it is easy to build and a dope ready-to-assembly flat pack hack.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Does IKEA sell these small chests in the US ?
    In France they're sold in many local Home Depot equivalent stores but I never saw them at IKEA.

    Simple and good job really.

    2 replies

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    yes it is in the US Store. They are popular for customization -- painting them for example.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    instead of washers you might put a backing plate from front to back screw, it would lessen the chance of a heavy chest ripping the screws out through the top as well as work as the spacer you need.
    also a good way to cut machine screws and save your threads is screw the correct sized nut onto the screw past the point where you want to make your cut. make your cut (with hacksaw or dremel) then back the nut off of the screw, it will straighten any threads you crunched on its way off.


    8 years ago on Step 2

    I like your idea but I'd like to suggest if your tools are heavy you'd be better off installing your handles on the side, since you're likely to pull the top off with top handles.

    I'm thinking tools here since you called it a tool box, although i can see it as a spice drawer set up, or office tools, etc. anyway, I do like it.

    If you have a wire stripper/crimper.. that has the built in screw cutter you can cut the screws without killing the thread.. then you can mount the handles anyway you like... so they would be in line with the box... Having a handle is not a bad thing when you have to move the box around on your bench...


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I hve the same and these handles are neat.....good