Apartment kitchen design often leaves a lot to be desired. If you want to make your kitchen floor plan more efficient, this IKEA shelf turned kitchen bar will expand your counter space without much hassle or expense.
IKEA-centric site IKEAHacker posts a how-to story from reader Solangie, who had a kitchen that lacked for counter space and storage. A kitchen peninsula would have been added a huge amount of both to his kitchen but landlords frown on structural changes. His solution? Remix some cheap IKEA components in a novel way:
I bought the Expedit shelving unit and placed it horizontally. Then went to Home Depot and bought two peace of lumber 2x4 and made a base to bring it up by 7". Also I got a plywood, cut it to fit the shelving unit (I wanted to hide it and not leave open on both sides) and spray painted the plywood black. I used the Lagan countertop which only cost $US40 dollars for 8'.
The irregular shape of the Expedit shelving makes for varied heights and storage spots for equally as irregular kitchen appliances, pots and pans. Check out the full site for additional pictures of the project in progress. If you're inspired to turn a bookcase into something new, check out how to turn an IKEA bookcase into a window seat. If you have a kitchen hack of your own to share, let's hear about it in the comments.
Expedit Shelving Unit as an Open Kitchen Bar [IKEAHacker]