How to Create a Mid Century Modern Console from the IKEA Kallax

The IKEA Kallax is a staple in many households. My husband inherited one upon moving into a rental house during his college years, and it ended up sticking with him to his first solo apartment, and then to our first apartment together. It has gone through so many makeovers that I’ve lost count, but our mid-century modern console has to be my favorite–and definitely the most useful!


How to Create an IKEA Kallax
Mid Century Modern Console

Taking a basic IKEA Kallax and turning it into a fully functional media console and storage unit is a really affordable way to create extra storage while still looking like an intentional part of the design. If you’re looking to create your own mid century media console from the ever-favorite IKEA Kallax, here’s how you can do it!

GO FROM THIS…

ikea kallax white

…TO THIS!


What you need to create a midcentury modern IKEA Kallax hack

Start with these IKEA Kallax peices

Add Mid Century Modern Legs and Knobs

  • 6 wooden midcentury style legs (I used these)
  • 6 knobs (I used these)
Shop Mid Century Knobs and Legs

Complete the look with mid-century decor and books

Style your made-over Kallax with some fun coffee table or art books, and mid century decor. I love to pick up modern mid century finds at West Elm, but don’t hesitate to check our your local vintage shops! There are usually tons of unique candlesticks, vases, books, and more hanging around in those places. If you’re like me, your Grandma’s attic is also a really fun place to find mid century pieces that need a new home. Plus, you’ll score the added bonus of the decor being even more unique and special!

Shop Mid Century Decor and Books


What to do with your new mid century media console

We used the two open shelves for decorative pieces, but this is now a fully functional console that stores board games, kids’ toys, remotes, batteries, candles, and (obviously) our tv. This console is a fraction of the price of higher-end furniture at stores like West Elm or Anthropologie and gets the job done! It’s a great affordable option for first-time homeowners like us who are furnishing on a budget!


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