11 Reasons To Buy An IKEA Expedit Shelf (While You Still Can)

11 Reasons To Buy An IKEA Expedit Shelf (While You Still Can)

The Expedit shelving system is one of IKEA’s most popular — and hackable — furniture items. We were therefore shocked to learn the Swedish retailer is discontinuing the Expedit range to make way for a new line of shelving. Here are our 11 favourite Expedit shelf hacks from over the years, ranging from Tetris game murals to luxurious hamster cages.

The IKEA Expedit series is a range of shelving units that can be stacked, mounted or used as room dividers. They’re also pretty affordable, which makes them ideal for all manner of DIY house projects. Below are some of the best Expedit IKEA hacks we’ve featured on the website over the years. If you’re an Expedit virgin, we advise picking a few units up while you still have the chance.

5×5 Expedit Shelf Turned Hamster Home

Create A Large Mobile Workstation Out Of IKEA Bookshelves And Some Board

Repurpose IKEA Shelves Into A Storage Bed Platform

Hack An IKEA Shelving Unit Into A Tetris Video Game Showpiece

Turn An IKEA Bookshelf Into An Attractive Bench

The All IKEA, Cubes-Everywhere Workspace

DIY IKEA Bookshelf Cat Run

Make A DIY TV Stand With An IKEA Expedit

Make A Compact Rolling Library With Two Pieces Of IKEA Furniture

Make a Compact Rolling Library with Two Pieces of IKEA Furniture

Turn An IKEA Bookshelf Into A Beautiful Storage Table

Turn an IKEA Bookshelf into a Beautiful Storage Table

Create A Dry-Erase Standing Desk With Built-In White Board

The Expedit will be officially discontinued in April this year. Hopefully, IKEA’s replacement shelving range, dubbed ‘Kallax’, will prove to be just as hackable as the Expedit. Fingers crossed!

See also: The All-Time Best IKEA Hacks 2007-2012 | DIY IKEA Standing Desks For Every Budget | 10 Most Useful Sub-$10 Buys From IKEA


  • Having moved house with a number of Expedits lately I am glad that when I put my 5×5 together I noted tops and bottoms with a black texta marker. Made it very easy to reassemble in exactly the same way it came apart.

  • I should have done ths, I ended up killing one because i got mad at it not going back togetjer properly.

    That said, the 2×2 are fantastic for storing a record collecton (the 4×2 or 4×4 re a little weak to be loaded up with vnyl however)

  • I bought some of the single Expedits a couple of months ago and they’re really efficient for their size! They hold about 15kg, and that’s pretty good considering they’re wall-mounted.

  • I really don’t think there should be such a big fuss about the Expedit storage shelf after they announced the new model. The dimensions are exactly the same, the inserts can all be reused – they are certainly not going to redo the whole entire catalogue of expedit inserts for sure, they’ll probably just rename them. At the end of the day, IKEA isn’t going to fool around with a storage solution that has been so successful all these years!

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