Ikea Expedite $10 shelf doors

|By Kayla Domeyer| Featured, For the Home, Misc

The house I currently live in (I’m home shopping. More on that later I’m sure.) has a massive combined living room dining room. The house was built in 1897 and is blessed with 5 massive windows and 10ft ceilings in the space. Its gorgeous. I love the light it gets in there, and the open feeling.

But- I need practicality too. Hubby and I both spend a lot of time at our computers. So, we decided we would use part of the space as a living room, and part as an office. We wanted the office space to be sort of self contained, so that it didn’t detract from the living space for us or our guests.

We decided on 2 Ikea expedite shelves and the attachable desks. The desks butt up against the wall, and the shelves act as a sort of room divider, keeping the office space in check.

The only trouble was, I needed the shelves for storage also. Crafty storage isn’t all that chic to look at.

So, I looked into doors. They range from $15-$30 A PIECE! Yeah, so not going to happen. So, I scoured the internet.

It took me a long time to hit on anything concrete. Then I stumbled upon this post by Dans le Townhouse. Basically she used painted canvas as doors. I didn’t really like the idea of paintings- but the concept was perfect!

So, I headed off to JoAnn with coupons in hand (that rhymed!) and I bought a 6 pack of 12 inch canvases for $7. Then, I got some picture hanging hardware kits from the Dollar Tree – $3.

20 minutes later I had this!

This project is SO simple, and I’m certain there are a lot of other shelves that would fit a 12inch canvas as a door. Additionally, if you’re handy, you could cut wood to fit your particular shelf and use the hanging method described here.

These doors easily swing up to get at the stuff underneath, and for bulkier things I just take the canvas right off until I’m done. Couldn’t be easier!

What You Need:

  • Canvases to fit in the cubbies of your shelf.
  • 2 eye hooks for every canvas.
  • 2 hooks for every canvas.

How To Make It:

  1. Measure 1 inch from the left and right edges of the top of each canvas. Make a mark.
  2. Screw in the eye hooks in where you just marked.
  3. Repeat for each canvas.
  4. Hold the canvas up to your cubby. Once centered, mark the holes about 1/2 inch from the front of the bookcase, so the canvas sits in a little.
  5. Screw the hooks into the bookcase. Be sure they face out.
  6. Hang canvases. Done!

Now, Tanya at Dans Le Townhouse painted her canvases and some of them are really cool. But, I felt that the brick a brac on the shelf was clutter enough, and the plain white helps to break it up. If you were doing this in a craft room, you could label the canvases with what is behind them!

My kitty Sophie thinks it looks better with her on top of it.

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19 Comments on Ikea Expedite $10 shelf doors

  1. Heidi
    January 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Very cook, Kayla! Do the canvases swing up so that you can access the stuff underneath, or do you remove them when you need to?

    • Kayla
      January 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Both! For most things I just swing them up, and I usually can reach them from the side that faces my desk. For some of the bulkier things like my stacks of paper, I just take it off, get what I want, and put it back on. =D

  2. Melissa
    January 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

    What a smart idea! I agree, craft storage isn’t always the cutest thing to look at. You did a great job disguising it. Gonna have to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Lauren
    January 30, 2013 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Very cool. I love Ikea hacks. I have done several myself. I am looking to put “doors” on my Expedit. Maybe I will do this instead. Way easier than what I was going to do. Thanks for the inspiration. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link this up.

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  4. Charlene@A Pinch of Joy
    February 3, 2013 at 7:11 am (3 years ago)

    I like the plain white too! Great idea for hiding all that necessary clutter — the kitty on top is a bonus feature! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!
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  5. Bigmamabax
    February 12, 2013 at 6:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Brilliant idea, Laura. We have these shelves and I will try your idea to make these doors. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Michelle
    March 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Insanely clever. (Also, do I spy World of Warcraft Collectors Editions there?? I THINK I DO. Yours or hubby’s?) I love the idea of using this in a kids playroom/homeschool room or a craft room. Could do an ever changing gallery, then!
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  7. Don
    March 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm (2 years ago)

    My dog has moments when she freaks out and attacks the books on my expedit. This project is exactly what I need and I never would have thought of it. Thank you so much.
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    • Kayla
      March 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

      That is sad and also kinda cute. I bet these would help!


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