Store sign of an IKEA furniture store in Zurich Spreitenbach on September 21, 2012
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How To Turn An Ikea Kallax Cabinet Into A DIY Storage Bench
Ikea's Kallax 16x57 shelving unit can be customized into a gorgeous DIY bench that both stores items and provides guests with a nice place to sit.
In light of its design, a Kallax cabinet could be laid on its side, given a wash of paint, and used as-is. However, it can also be repurposed with a decidedly fuss-free hack.
After painting your Kallax cabinet, you'll need just three components: timber, screws, and hinges. First, cut the timber into two sheets big enough to cover the open ends.
Attach a sheet to one of the open sides of the unit and screw it on securely, then fit the other to the long end of the other open side and secure it with soft-close hinges.
You can make a cushion using a sheet of plywood and a piece of foam covered with cotton batting and fabric. Staple it to the underside of the board, and place it on top of the lid.
Even without a lid, your Ikea cabinet-turned-bench can be just as chic. Simply allow the storage boxes to remain visible and fill them with books or even blankets and cushions.