The Ikea Kallax shelf is so simple in design yet so functional in use. Chances are you, or someone in circle, own one (or more) of these ubiquitous bookcase.

There are ways to transform or hack the Ikea Kallax into something a little more exciting. You can DIY a cosmetic upgrade with paint or hardware, change its function into a desk or wardrobe, or modify the shelving to have a custom storage unit.

If you don’t live near an Ikea, they do offer shipping and you can also buy the Kallax online here.

I’ve written about finding the right insert for the Ikea Kallax before. Now’s it’s time to upgrade the shelf itself. I’ve rounded up some creative hacks and different way to change up the Kallax (or Expedit if you still have it).

Here are the 17 Easy DIY Kallax Hacks To Totally Transform Your Shelf

Ikea Entryway Organization | Remodelholic

I love how she raises the whole Ikea unit up to truly make it a statement piece.

DIY Custom Closet Ikea Hack | Twin Pickle

You can build a custom closet with this awesome idea for an Ikea hack.

Mid Century Modern Ikea Kallax Hack | Hawthorne and Main

I love how the Kallax went mid century modern with the addition of these legs and some tools.

Rast + Kallax Custom Desk | The Handyman’s Daughter

You can now have double the storage by attacking a desk top to the Ikea Rast and Kallax.

Ikea Living Room Storage | Fabric Paper Glue

The handles on this unit make the storage unit oh-so-chic.

Industrial Storage Ikea Hack | Grillo Designs

You can take these Ikea shelves from simple to industrial with some paint and elbow grease.

Ikea Bar Cart Hack | Sugar and Cloth

What’s better than an Ikea bar hack? A rolling Ikea bar hack.

Ikea Home Bar Hack | Dash of Jazz

I love how she totally transformed the Kallax to a fabulous home bar.

Nursery Ikea Kallax | Where the smiles have been

The Kallax now fit great with the nursery with this hack.

Kallax Wood Wrapping | Houseologie

You can transform your Ikea bookshelf into something rustic with the help of this tutorial.

Ikea Long Media Storage Unit | Honey Bear Lane

This is such a stunning transformation of the ikea bookcase into a showing stopping centerpiece for the living room.

Custom Ikea Kallax Craft Table | The Crafty Blog Stalker

I love her detailed tutorial on how to hack the Ikea Kallax into a custom craft table.

Ikea Bookcase into Lockets | Little House of Four

How creative is this? Adding door to your Ikea shelves to make lockers is a great hack.

Ikea Hack Tutorial | Delia Creates

This hack is really simple, but great for beginners. You can transform the Expedit or Kallax from average to mid-century modern fabulous!

Ikea Hack Craft Room Work Table | Landee See Landee Do

This is the perfect budget friendly hack for a work space.

Ikea Kallax Expedit Sideboard Hack | Sarah Hearts

This Ikea hack makes the shelf look super expensive (but it’s not!)

Easy Ikea Hack to Changing Table | Young House Love

The Ikea shelf makes a perfect nursery changing station and storage with this hack. The wood just adds so much to its character.

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