Metro Shelves

2007 June

IKEA HACK #1, Metro Shelves

It was Emily's outstanding idea to combine the "Omar" shelving units in a simple yet elegant way to provide open storage in the corner of our kitchen. To make the custom shelving unit, we purchased three 36-inch wide x 36-inch tall Omars ($40 each) and three 18-inch wide x 36-inch tall Omars ($35 each), and then began hacking. First, since our ceilings are not 9 feet tall, we cut down the posts on one of each of the units. Second, we omitted the posts on the inside corner on the 18-inch wide units and simply used zip ties to anchor the corner to the 36-inch wide shelves. In my opinion, these shelves look more custom than off theā€¦ shelf.

Here's the upper half of the combined "Omar" shelving units, which Em calls Metro shelves. We cut the top units so they stop a few inches short of the ceiling.

And here's a closer view of the inside corner. Note that the post for the narrower shelf has been omitted.

And here's how we omitted the inner corner post, zip ties!