Sunday, 2 December 2012

DIY Ikea Hack: how to install Ikea Lack floating shelves in the kitchen

The main wall in my kitchen which is immediately visible from both entrances was bare and lacklustre when i first moved in. All the storage was on the opposite wall. Initially i liked the feeling of space the big bare wall gave but after some time, as the rest of my apartment starting filling up, it seemed too stark and cold.

I could have installed cupboards similar to what was already on the other side of the wall, but my kitchen is fairly small and i didn't want to enclosed the space in a sea of cupboards; but i needed extra storage. And that's when the floating shelves came in to save the day. Storage - yes. Obtrusive - no. Easy to install - yes.

As i do with most of my diy projects, i first Googled images for inspiration. I searched for kitchen layouts  and styles similar to mine and then looked for different shelf style - colour and size - to determine what would work best in the space.

Kitchen Floating Shelves Inspiration

Ikea Lack Floating Shelves Before

I settled on two rows of long shelves. I had to think about the exact length. Do i extend the row up to the edge of the tiling or only to the end of the bottom cupboard? 

If i extend the shelving to the end of the tiling, then the last ~30-40 cms would hang over the counter. I wanted an even and linear look, so i decided to extend the shelving to the end of the square edge of the counter.

Ikea Lack floating wall shelf ~$40 each. I bought 4 - 2 per row.

Ikea Lack Floating Shelves During

I had my dad help me install the shelves. My walls are brick so we couldn't just screw in the shelve brace. We needed to:
  • Mark out brace and screw placement 
  • Drill a hole for each screw placement
  • Insert and glue plastic piping or a screw guard
  • Position brace and screw in nails
  • Once the bottom shelf was done, we measured and marked the position of the top shelf with a leveler.

Ikea Lack Floating Shelves After

For a look at another IKEA project see my post on a simple Ikea Billy bookcase hack using wood trim!

For another kitchen project see my post on making a custom chalkboard wall - you can see the beginning stages of this project in the above image.

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