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I cannot believe how much this IKEA Rast hack helped to improve my closet storage.
I wanted to build something in my closet that would allow me to hold all the items necessary to get ready. However, the IKEA Rast dresser was the perfect solution and the perfect price.
Before we get started, lets take a look at the wall in question.
IKEA Rast Hack Goals
-Adequate shoe storage
-Space to put everything I needed to get ready
-Counter space for my jewelry
As for the modifications, they are few but they are mighty.
First thing I did was add a bottom shelf to raise the two IKEA Rast dressers off the ground. That would give me plenty of storage underneath for shoes.
I also did not install the back kick plate of the IKEA Rast dresser and instead decided to use it for a support on the back wall. Instead of cutting the shelf back to line up with the front of the dresser, I opted to leave the overhang to hide the shoes.
I attached the IKEA Rast dresser next to the wallpaper to the wall using wood screws into the studs. To keep the piece secure together, I screwed the second IKEA Rast dresser together to the first dresser.
On the back wall and inside both IKEA Rast dressers, I added the supports. The wider supper is the original kick plate. I wanted to make sure that the dressers were sturdy and secure. I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer to attach the top and the cross pieces of the dressers into the supports.
Everything got a coat of Riverway by Sherwin Williams. I used the original drawer pulls that came with the IKEA Rast dressers and gave them all a couple coats of Rust-Oleum spray paint in Champagne Mist.
The dressers being offset allowed for storage space perfect for my tall boots. The counter received a coat of stain in Varathane Golden Oak plus a couple of coats of polyurethane. Once the counter was installed, I again used my Ryobi brad nailer to secure the counter to the top of both dressers.
A couple simple modifications made this IKEA Rast hack a huge improvement in my master closet.
At $39.99 a piece, I honestly don’t think I could have re-created these dressers for less than what it cost to buy them already pre-cut with the hardware. Not to mention the amount of time it would have taken me to figure out and cut the pieces I needed.
You can read about the entire master closet organization project here!
Not only does the space function better, it looks better as well.