Small Space DIY Ikea Hack - how to Mount your TV Directly to Your kallax storage unit!

Kallax Ikea Hack Small Space Ideas

Hey DIYers! I'm super excited to share this amazing space-saving Ikea hack with you today!

If you live in the city, or in a smaller starter home, then you know storage and space come at a premium. After years of city living I've learned how to maximize my vertical space for optimal storage efficiency. If you are a renter like me, Ikea storage units are absolutely essential because they are affordable AND efficient.

How I thought of this idea

When we moved into our apartment, I was coming from a tiny studio to a HUGE (technically one bedroom) apartment with no doors or walls. The only doors were the front door and the bathroom door. In our lower level, we had one large open space that I divided up with tall storage units and curtains placed strategically behind the columns and support beams. 

Now I'm all for open concept plans, but I don't like the idea of having our bed fully visible when we have guests over or even while I'm making or eating dinner. I needed to divide the area between our bedroom area and the dining room area, but had to be careful not to choose anything too solid that would block the light coming from the small windows in the bedroom area. I chose the largest Kallax that Ikea sold because it was large enough to keep the bedroom out of sight, but the pass-through storage was perfect for allowing light to reach through to the dining room.

 

Lower Level Floor Plan & Layout

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Once I figured out my solution to divide up the space, it was time to decorate. Josh & I had three TV's between the two of us, and we already had two upstairs, so we wanted to put one downstairs so we could watch TV while cooking or cleaning down there. However, I was really struggling with where to put it.

We could put it in the bar - but then we would have to sit at the uncomfortable bar stools to watch it, and buy a rotating wall mount so we could watch from the kitchen..... not ideal.

The other logical spot was right on the wall across from the dining table, but I absolutely hate the idea of having the TV be the focal piece of the dining room. I mean, no offense to anyone who has one as the focal piece in their living room, but talk about the epitome of a generation being addicted to screens! Plus, where would I put my beautiful gallery wall?!

So, I finally decided I wanted the TV to be mounted ON the Kallax... I know I'm totally crazy but sometimes you have to think outside the box in order to get the results you want! Having the idea to mount the TV to the Kallax actually killed three birds with one stone. 1) We were able to visually block even more of our bed with the TV. 2) We saved our precious wall space (dedicated to my newfound love of gallery walls) and 3) the TV was no longer even a feature, it seemed to blend into the space rather than make a statement, which was perfect!

Now figuring out how to do it was the hard part. Find out how below!

 

Let's get into it!

Scroll to the bottom of this post for a materials list and instructions

Kallax Ikea Hack Small Space Ideas

First, you want to go to Home Depot or Lowes and get 3 pieces of wood cut for you: (2) 11.5 x 15 3/8 and (1) 13"x 15 3/8. I was lucky enough that my dad had extra white wood lying around so he made these cuts for me, but you can find this at any local hardware store. Then, place the wood pieces inside the center cubby of the Kallax to measure height of TV and where the L brackets should ideally sit on the TV wall-brackets in order to sit at the right height on the Kallax. You will need a buddy to help you hold the tv in place while you decide the best position. You want the TV to be as centered as possible. 

 Go around the the other side of the Kallax and note where along TV wall mount brackets you should place the L brackets in order to get it to proper height. Then take the TV off and place face down on the ground

Screw L brackets in place into TV wall brackets using washers and 1/2" screws (size of screw may vary on size of TV brackets).

Once you've screwed your L brackets into your wall mount bracket. Grab the bottom white wood piece (13"x 15 3/8) and mark with a pen or pencil where the three holes of the L need to be screwed in. Please make sure this is as centered as possible on the wood piece! Also make sure you are measuring on the 13" side not the 15-3/8" side)

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Remove the TV wall mount brackets if possible and prop up on the ground so you can easily drill into the wood piece. 

Grab 1/2" screws and drill directly into pen markings. You may need to use a drill bit to make the initial hole depending on the hardness of your chosen wood.

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Once the wood piece is secure to the L brackets and TV brackets, slide the TV brackets back into place on the TV and make your final drill where needed to make sure the TV is properly in place. There may be some trial and error when making sure the TV is in the correct spot once you hang it.

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Grab your helping buddy and have them slide the TV, along with the wood piece, back into place in the kallax's center cubby while you slide in the two side pieces (2) 11.5 x 15 3/8 snugly onto each side and viola! You now have a TV on your Kallax!

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Back view of the final result! This is in the bedroom so I don't care that the brackets or wires are showing, but I guess if you wanted to get creative you could paint the brackets black to blend in with the TV. Notice how the additional wood pieces are hardly noticeable?! Expecially once you style the shelves and treat it as you would any other shelf. You could paint the exposed wood color white if you wanted but I was being lazy and decided to leave them as they were. I will probably paint them white in-between Christmas and New Years when I go crazy organizing, purging, and touching up my house! 

(does anyone else do that too??)

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And the final result from the front side! 

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It almost fades away into the decor and looks oh so perfect hanging on the Kallax!

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Items Needed

Kallax Ikea Hack Small Space Ideas
  • 3 wood pieces (2) 11.5 x 15 3/8 and (1) 13"x 15 3/8 - can be found at Home Depot or Lowes and an employee can cut down to size in store
  • 1/8" Washers (similar)
  • (2) L Brackets (similar)
  • (6) Screws (similar)
  • (2) Machine screws (the size of these will be determined by your TV if it is a pre-wall mounted, or your wall mount)
  • (1) Screwdriver
  • Between a 42" and 50" TV
  • 2nd person to help you maneuver and place the TV

Instructions

  1. Make three cuts out of wood or white wood (2) 11.5 x 15 3/8 and (1) 13"x 15 3/8
  2. Place the wood pieces inside the center cubby of the Kallax to measure height of TV.
  3. Grab a second person to hold the tv in place while you decide the best position for it. Go around the the other side of the Kallax and note where along TV wall mount brackets you should place the L brackets in order to get it to proper height.
  4. Take TV off and place face down on the ground
  5. Screw L brackets in place into TV wall brackets using washers and 1/2" screws (size of screw may vary on size of TV brackets).
  6. Grab the bottom white wood piece (13"x 15 3/8) and mark with a pen or pencil where the three holes of the L need to be screwed in. Please make sure this is as centered as possible on the wood piece! Also make sure you are measuring on the 13" side not the 15-3/8" side)
  7. Remove TV wall mount brackets if possible and prop up on the ground so you can easily drill into the wood piece. 
  8. Grab 1/2" screws and drill directly into pen markings. You may need to use a drill bit to make the initial hole depending on the hardness of your chosen wood.
  9. Once the wood piece is secure to the L brackets and TV brackets, slide the TV brackets back into place on the TV and make your final drill where needed to make sure the TV is properly in place. You may need to do some trial and error to make sure the TV is in the correct spot once you hang it.
  10. Grab your helping buddy and have them slide the TV, along with the wood piece, back into place in the Kallax's center cubby while you slide in the two side pieces (2) 11.5 x 15 3/8 snugly onto each side and viola! You now have a TV on your Kallax! 

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