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February 18, 2015
Ikea Mudroom Bench & Storage Unit Hack for Under $200

 

This is my first attempt at an IKEA Hack, so let me know if you have any questions!

IKEA Shopping List: 

2 x STOLMEN Open Storage $60/each

2 x LILLHOLMEN Hooks $9.99/2 pack

2 x EKBY HENSVIK White Bracket $6/each

IKEA Cost – $152 USD



Shopping List:

17 feet of 4″ Trim – They sell this in 18 ft Length for under $15 (The lengths I used were: 2 lengths at 5 feet, 1 length at 40″ & 1 length at 3 feet for a total of just under 17′; they will cut these for you if you have your exact measurements – you will have to take into account what height you want your storage bins and what you have or will be using for baseboard)

3 feet of 6″ Trim – This is the piece that the hooks go on so I decided to use a wider trim. You could use the 4″ trim if you’d like, or go even bigger.

8-12 metal brackets for hanging up one of the STOLMEN units

Finishing nails & screws.

Off-White Trim Paint – The STOLMEN units are a nice creamy white, as are the EKBY HENSVIK brackets. It would be best to bring a bracket with you to match a white colour. We just used our leftover trim paint which was ‘Decorator’s White’ so it doesn’t match exactly, I guess it just depends how picky you are.

White Acrylic Latex Caulk (We used Dap).

Cost: $30-$35

Grand Total – $190 (does not include cushion or baskets, which I have not purchased yet – the cushion in the above image is from my living room, and is also from IKEA


 

 

Step 1 - Prep area by cleaning walls & build STOLMEN units.

Step 1 – Prep area by cleaning walls & build STOLMEN units.

Step 2 - Hang the unit that will be used as wall storage at desired height. Use as many metal brackets as you deem necessary to secure unit to wall (we used 12, or 4 in each box).

Step 2 – Hang the unit that will be used as wall storage at desired height. Use as many metal brackets as you deem necessary to secure unit to wall (we used 12, or 4 in each box).

 

The bottom of our unit is approximately 5 feet from the ground.

The bottom of our unit is approximately 5 feet from the ground.

Step 3 - Paint wall area that will be visible. This is after one coat, we ended up doing four.

Step 3 – Paint wall area that will be visible. This is after one coat, we ended up doing four.

 

Step 4 - Attach trim in pattern shown. We used a nail gun and finishing nails, but you can use a regular hammer as well.

Step 4 – Attach trim in pattern shown. We used a nail gun and finishing nails, but you can use a regular hammer as well. Make sure to do another coat of paint once the trim is up.



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Step 5 – Add hooks to horizontal trim piece and install the EKBY wooden brackets for decoration & added stabilization of the upper unit.

Step 6 - Use white caulking to finish edges of trim and fill holes in STOLMEN units.

Step 6 – Use white caulk to finish edges of trim and fill holes in STOLMEN units.

And you’re done! Feel free to paint the wall behind the STOLMEN units if you’d like, and add your own finishing touches.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Cidzz January 29, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Hi, loved your ikea hack! I have been on a lookout to make a window bench for my daughter’s room and while searching I stumbled upon your webpage. This looks pretty neat. I also love the shade of grey on the walls. Will you be kind enough to let me know the brand and shade of this grey. Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Sue October 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Thank you for this great idea. We just finished it in our little beach house.

  • Reply Susan August 20, 2017 at 7:51 am

    Your link no longer work. I realize it’s been a couple of years since the project. I’d like to make this but can’t find the right open storage units…

    • Reply Humanist Homemaker August 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Ikea just recently released it’s new catalog and discontinued some items which is why the links may not work, although you may still find these items in store.

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