The Super Easy Way to Add Legs to an IKEA Kallax Shelf

My son’s nursery is decently sized for a kid’s room, but we’re rather limited on wall space, and therefore, storage space.  Bummer.  The large wall is reserved for the crib and houses the room’s doorway, then there’s a bathroom door on the second wall, two (yes, two) closet doors on the third, and a large window in the center of the fourth.  That means we needed to get a little creative with our storage.

Enter an IKEA Kallax shelf….with legs!  Adding the legs couldn’t have been easier, and now the shelf adds the perfect amount of storage, play space, and decor to Brayden’s modern woodland nursery.

Here I’ll share with you just how easy this little IKEA hack really is!

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The Super Easy Way to Add Legs to an IKEA Kallax Shelf

We chose to add legs to the four cubbie Kallax in Brayden’s room for three main reasons:

  • The legs would raise the shelf up to just below the windowsill, which would be the perfect height for Brayden and his older brother, Rowan, to play at without blocking any of the window.
  • The only air vent in the room is on the floor below the window (naturally), so the legs would allow us to not block airflow and also add a nifty air-diverting vent cover to direct the air out from under the shelf and into the room.
  • The legs make the shelf look oh so fancy.  And we are quite fancy people.  *heavy sarcasm*

 

Supplies

Here’s what we used for this little project:

 

Step 1: Assemble the Kallax Unit

Of course the first thing we had to do was assemble the Kallax unit.  And by we, I mean my husband.  My pregnant butt “supervised” and took photos for the blog….and let me tell ya, it was hard work.

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Step 2: Measure Out Placement of Legs

Once the shelf unit was fully assembled, it was time to add the legs.  They’re the Capita legs, and they’re actually from the Sektion line of kitchen cabinets.  They’d work just fine with the Kallax shelf too.

We went with the 4.5″ ones in white (as opposed to the stainless steel ones that come in 4.5″ or 6.25″ varieties).  That way the shelf wouldn’t be too tall and block some of the windowsill, plus it would likely be a little more stable than if it had the taller legs.  You just never know with two rowdy boys….

Here’s what the legs and hardware look like out of the package (minus the super important mounting plates that I forgot to include in this pic….whoops!  Those are below.):

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Matt measured out where he wanted the mounting plates to be attached using a handy rafting measuring square, and marked four of the hole locations with a pencil.

He decided to go with 2″ in from the short side and 1″ in from long side, just because it looked like a good spot.  No real rhyme or reason other than that it looked good and it should keep the shelf nice and stable.

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Here’s a shot showing all four mounting squares in position….and a discarded Green Frankie, the monster blankie (a.k.a. Rowan’s lovey).

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Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes

Now it was time to drill, baby, drill!  Matt used a small drill bit and drilled pilot holes into the shelf where each of the pencil markings were just measured and marked.  These would allow the screws to be easily added in the next step.

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Step 4: Attach Leg Mounting Plates

Once all the pilot holes were drilled, Matt then got to attaching each of the mounting plates with four of their accompanying screws.

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Step 5: Screw on Legs

Now that the mounting plates were securely attached, it was time to add the legs.  First, Matt screwed on the black tube caps (the giant black washer looking things) all the way….

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….then screwed on each leg.  Tada!  And that’s how to add legs to an IKEA Kallax.  Super simple.

All in all, the whole process of assembling the Kallax and then adding the legs took about 45 minutes, with the majority of that being shelf assembly.  The leg part was a breeze.

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[Note: We ended up not using the washers that were included in the hardware because Matt said they weren’t necessary here.  Saved for another project!]

 

The Completed IKEA Kallax Shelf with Legs!

And here is how our IKEA Kallax shelf with added Capita legs looks in Brayden’s nursery!  I think it looks great and it suits our needs perfectly.  You can’t beat that!

The shelf is now at the ideal height, it allows air to flow freely from the air-diverting vent on the floor and into the room, and the legs add a little pizzazz.

The Super Easy Way to Add Legs to an IKEA Kallax Shelf | Where The Smiles Have Been

The Super Easy Way to Add Legs to an IKEA Kallax Shelf | Where The Smiles Have Been

The Super Easy Way to Add Legs to an IKEA Kallax Shelf | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

If you’d like some more info on other projects in Brayden’s modern woodland nursery that I’ve shared so far, check these out!

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I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.