IKEA Laiva Bookcase Hack

- IKEA Hack, Organization

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 Here’s the story. It all started because of our small rental kitchen. Although, it might look tiny to some of you! Moving on…since we live in a rental we cannot make any big changes at. So, IKEA comes to the rescue!
IKEA Laiva Bookcase Hack. Used For Kitchen Organizing

 The kitchen has a really annoying, inconvenient corner cupboard. It is not very practical for storing everyday items. It is not very practical for anything to be honest! Anyway! Well, next to our fridge there is a small space , about 20cm wide, which was just standing there without any actual use. So, we needed a narrow storage unit to make use of it and stop making use of the annoying cupboard! We found the solution at our local IKEA. The Laiva bookcase was perfect for the job!
 Then the baby came! He started crawling, so we emptied the bottom shelf. He started walking and we emptied 2 more shelves! 3 out of 5 shelves were of no use anymore. It was time to fix that! And get that practical furniture back to work! It was time for an IKEA Laiva Bookcase Hack.
 First of all, we secured it to the wall so the bookcase-pantry or any of the stuff we keep there does not land on the baby’s head.  Safety above all! We bought 3 pieces of  wood, spray paint for the wood and hinges and locks. We screwed a piece of wood on each of the top 2 shelves so that the baby cannot take anything down from there. He is not tall enough for the upper shelf, but since we had the wood we added it there and kept the bottom shelf empty. That way it is less of a temptation for him!
 For the shorter shelf we got a bigger piece of wood and used it for making a door. We added hinges and locks, so i can store there bigger and less often used stuff. Like a cofffe maker. Our little guy loved that part. He got his plactic screwdriver and tried making what his dad was doing. He’ll get that right some day!
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IKEA Laiva Bookcase Hack,

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Have you made any IKEA Hacks? Will you share them with me?

Update: A few weeks later we got a large piece of wood, that covers the entire opening and made a door for the bottom shelf too, like you can see at the 1st photo of the post.

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  • Reply
    vickie morgan
    December 30, 2014 at 13:17

    Such a smart idea! Perfect fit too right beside the refrigerator. Love it.

    • Reply
      Zografia Avgerou
      December 30, 2014 at 23:41

      Thank you Vickie! It’s very practical and we have lots of storage space now!

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    Sydney Andersen
    December 30, 2014 at 00:28

    I NEED this for my kitchen! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays, I’m featuring you this week! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and we would love to have you join us again this week!

    • Reply
      Zografia Avgerou
      December 30, 2014 at 00:38

      It’s great to know that my ideas are inspiring! Thank you for featuring me!

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    Clearissa Coward
    December 17, 2014 at 19:43

    What a great Hack. Love your post and your page. I am an organizer from the word go and this is my style.I found you on IBA. I shared your post on Twitter and Pinterest and I will like you on FB. Please return the favor. I am numbers 1 and 2, for now on IBA. 🙂 I wish you continued success.

    • Reply
      Zografia Avgerou
      December 17, 2014 at 23:29

      Hi Clarissa! Thank you all the above! I will definitely return the favor! I hope your advice will help better organize our small home!

  • Reply
    December 15, 2014 at 17:16

    It looks great! I need something like this,too! I am running out of storage place at home and this seems a perfect solution! Thanks for sharing! In IKEA there’s really handy stuff!

    • Reply
      Zografia Avgerou
      December 15, 2014 at 18:25

      A visit to IKEA always has something interesting to offer!

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    Erlene A
    December 11, 2014 at 23:01

    This is a great hack. I love how you made this look like an expensive shelving unit.

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      Zografia Avgerou
      December 11, 2014 at 23:53

      I have not thought of that! I was just glad that i am using it again, but knowing that it transformed like that, is really great! Thank you!

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