Adding Legs to an Ikea Kallax
This post is in collaboration with Pretty Pegs.
Happy Monday! Do you feel it? Spring is finally on the horizon. It snowed here this past weekend a couple of times but melted right away, and this week, it’s all sunshine, rainbows, unicorns, and 70 degrees! WOOHOO! I am SOOOOO excited! I am going to paint outside, run outside, buy flowers, and just wave an excited hello to the sunshine (without looking directly at it of course). Anyhow, enough about all of the wonderful things one can do outside; I want to take it back inside for an easy update I did last weekend on a piece of furniture we own, and share how we made our space more useful simply but adding legs to an Ikea kallax bookcase with Pretty Pegs.
If you don’t recognize this space, it’s our mudroom in a closet. I created this space last year after the closet doors broke, and it was just a hot mess of non-function. It has worked SOOOO much better for us as a little mini mudroom. Here it is last year right after we had finished with the walls. As you can see, we used that bottom row of cubbies for shoes.
But the truth is, it never looked this neat, and with winter boots coming in, and a boot mat needed, it was looking more like this… (I used an iphone photo for dramatic effect!)
But in all honesty, it was usually much messier. Now that I see this photo I feel like it’s a lie… sorry.
Anyhow, Pretty Pegs makes these easy to add legs that are perfect for Ikea furniture like the Kallax. They have legs for chairs, sofas, storage pieces like this, but also longer legs that will take a piece to dining height. Some of my favorites include their new Harald metal legs (which I really wanted but they were too tall for my needs) and their entire children’s series has my heart. In the end I chose the Carl in black because it seemed like the best fit and height. I love the variety of colors and wood finishes they come in, too but the black was classic and with so much wood going on in that closet I didn’t want another wood finish.
The legs arrived and they were so ridiculously easy to add to the piece. I needed Chris’ help in maneuvering it out of the closet a bit to flip it over to where the legs were going. After that, it took me about 15 minutes to add these legs, which just consisted of drilling 16 lead holes to mount plates on each corner. Then the leg just screws right into the plate. So easy!
And what a difference these legs make! Because they raise up the bookcase, we are able to tuck the shoes away under it which frees up so much more storage space.
All of the extra space allowed me to bring in my stacks of magazines that were on the living room floor, as well as some of my design books.
I added a black tray and filled it with back issues of Domino, featuring more Spring volumes on the tops of the stacks. The key rack you might recognize as a DIY advent calendar I made and then repurposed so I could use it year round.
The space just feels lighter in general, and even Chris mentioned the difference he noticed.
This was such an easy update with big impact, so now I find myself wandering around my house wondering what else I can add legs to? Do you have any pieces in your home that could benefit from Pretty Pegs? They’ve also got lots of inspiring ideas featured on their website worth checking out. I’ve got an old drawer in my garage that I would love to make into a table using the Harald Legs! And my wheels are definitely spinning…
This post is in collaboration with Pretty Pegs. I was provided legs for my project, but I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own. I approached Pretty Pegs because they were ideal for my project and I am a fan of their products and style.