How To Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

Every now and then I make a change or update to our house (or something in it) and don’t think or intend to dedicate an entire blog post to it. Then, over time, I start to rack up questions or comments about a particular change, and it occurs to me that other readers might be curious about the update too! So is the case with the feet on the Kallax shelves in our new playroom. Figuring out just how to add feet to an IKEA Kallax wasn’t the easiest process (I found lots of pictures but no how-tos), so it’s no wonder I’m getting questions! Well, today I’m showing you just how easy and affordable it is to give your shelves (no matter where they’re from!) a quick boost!

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

As most of you all know, I love love love a good cube storage system for a variety of things but most especially toys. When I saw the layout of our new basement (even before we moved in!), I knew a line of Kallax shelves along the far wall would be a phenomenal solution for organizing and storing all of Henry’s toys and craft supplies. We had just enough room to fit two 4×2 units and one 2×2 unit, and I loved the focal point and ample storage they provided! While they functioned perfectly and looked just fine, I didn’t whole-heartedly love the units sitting right on the floor. I thought the addition of feet would give the shelves more of a furniture-like appearance and make them appear larger in the space (which would ultimately help that wall of the room look more balanced with that weird ledge). Below is a snapshot of the shelves shortly after moving in, before we installed the feet.

Kallax Before

At first I had dreams of adding cute, stylish feet to the shelves. But when I started to add up the costs for 12 feet (4 for each unit), they were proving more expensive than the shelves themselves. Not willing to give up on my vision, I searched around online and ended up back at IKEA, specifically in the kitchen section, and discovered the Capita feet were a truly affordable option at $14/4 feat. The only bummer, at least to me, is that you need to weigh your preference between color and height. The chrome-colored feet only come in the 6-6.5″ height, whereas the white (which are a bit cheaper) only come in the 4-4.5″ height. I ultimately chose the taller height, but really would have preferred white.

When I first asked Greg to help me install these feet, I think both he and I were mentally prepared for a tedious project. He may have even questioned if it was going to be worth the hassle (to me, of course, it’s always worth the hassle!) However, we were both pleasantly surprised that within 20 minutes, all 12 feet were installed and the shelves were back upright! This project is simple and fast…here’s what you need!Supplies for Adding Feet to an IKEA Kallax

  1. Kallax shelf (or really, any shelf with a solid, sturdy bottom)
  2. Capita feet (from the kitchen section of IKEA)
  3. Electric screwdriver
  4. Level (optional)

There are two really great things about the Capita feet. The first is that the mounting plates come with the legs themselves, so there is no extra cost associated with adding the feet (typically, you have to buy the feet and the plates separate). Everything you need, including the screws, is included in the set! The second thing I love is that the mounting plates are flat (versus the contoured ones at the hardware store), so you can mount them to a flat-bottomed unit without having the hardware/plate bulge and show. #IKEAdoesitagain

Start by determining where you want your legs to be. Then, using an electric screwdriver, secure the plate to the shelf with the included screws.

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

The feet kit comes with a large black “washer,” which is used to make the feet just a touch taller. If you want, twist this piece onto the exposed bolt first, and then twist on the leg. And that’s it! Yup…it’s that easy!

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

Repeat on all four sides…

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

…and then put your shelf back into place! Twist or untwist the legs to level the shelf as necessary.

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

One thing to note (especially if you are going to do this in a space where kids will have access to the shelves) is that the feet make the shelves a tad unsteadier than if they were sitting flat on the floor (simply because they are higher and don’t have as solid of a base). We used the mounting hardware that comes with the Kallax to secure the shelves to the wall.

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

While I had hunch the feet would really change the look of the shelves, I was quite surprised at how different the space felt with the shelves just a few inches higher.

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

I love that the whole wall has a little more of a finished appearance, and should we ever need it (I sure hope we don’t!), there is now extra storage beneath the shelves too! #alreadytoomanytoys

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

Here’s a quick look at the before and after. Not a huge change…but one I’m really glad we went for!

Before and After | Feet on an IKEA Kallax

It’s little changes like these that make off-the-shelf items a little more unique and custom for your space and needs! And if you really want to up the style factor and budget is no issue, there are places (like Pretty Pegs) that make super stylish legs that fit right into the IKEA mounting plates. The customization options really are endless!

How to Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

So there’s a quick little tutorial to start off your week! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here Wednesday when I’m chatting a bit more about one of my favorite companies!

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23 Responses to How To Add Feet to an IKEA Kallax

  1. I love this! I use Kallax to corral my daughters’ toys as well and now I’m itching to add feet. It really does make a huge difference! Luckily for me, I was already planning to go to Ikea in the next week or two.

    • Hi Megan!

      So glad you found this post helpful! I know I had such a hard time visualizing how the feet would actually attach (and look!) until I actually did it myself, so I am glad the pictures helped! I’m really glad we decided to do it, like you said, it makes a big difference! Have fun at IKEA 😉


    • Hi Diana!

      I am so glad you found this tutorial helpful! I too was struggling if it would be worth the cost or effort and couldn’t find any good pictures to help me out! Hope it works out for you!!!


  2. Small changes sometimes I find make the biggest changes! Great little addition and it actually makes everything seem more streamlined and clean with the legs :). I also like how it lines up more with the ledge that’s behind the TV.

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor

    • Hi Lauren (obviously checking in with my weekly spamming of your email ;)!

      I am so glad we went for the feet too. My husband was all “do we need to do this? what difference will it make?” I think it makes a huge difference too, so it was worth the cost!

      Thanks for chiming in!

  3. How did you get the images/symbols onto to the Drona inserts? Did you use stencils and paint or are they stickers? Thanks!

  4. Looks great and is exactly what I am trying to do but have not had the luck/time/smarts to figure it out. Thank you for posting this!

  5. Hi Megan,

    I’m curious to know how the larger, 8 cube, Kallax is holding up with just 4 feet (as opposed to 1 or 2 extra feet in the center)?



    • Hi Adela!

      Thanks for your question. I’m happy to report that we’ve had absolutely no bending/warping/sagging or any other issues so far! Now, we only added the feet about 6 months ago, and we don’t have super heavy stuff on the shelves (just toys). But I feel like the Kallax is sturdy enough in itself that four feet are sufficient. If we were going to store books, records, or dishes…we would maybe consider adding additional feet.

      Hope that helps!

    • Hi Mike,

      It may appear to you that is is bowing in the pictures (???) but I can assure you it is not at all bowing in real life!


  6. Those shelves are honeycombed cardboard after about a 1/2cm of press board. Securing them was probably smart, because there isn’t much for the screws to grip onto.

  7. Hi i am confused, on your picture you put the feet on the side that in the manual shows are gonna be the “sides” and not up or down. So i dont know how to do it. For me the manual says that the side with the 4 holes is gonna be up or down, can i just ignore it?

    • Hi Daniel,

      The IKEA Kallax shelves can either be placed on their long side or short side. So you can put feet on either side. I believe the holes you are referring to are for mounting the unit to the wall?

      Hope that helps,

  8. I am looking for the feet on the Ikea website and not finding them anywhere. Can you point me in the right direction or do you know of other feet that look like that?

  9. Hi,

    That looks like a great idea.
    I’m trying to attach casters/wheels on kallax shelves. I thought the shelves are hollow inside, and so I would have to put pieces of wood to screw in legs/casters. But it seems like you attached the legs right onto the shelves. Do you think they are secure enough?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Sak,

      The shelves are made of several layers of compressed cardboard with a veneer protective covering (I think). When we first screwed the feet into the shelves, they felt nice and sturdy and we didn’t have any concerns. I will say though, that our shelves were moved (across country, by professional movers, in and out of trucks) and we didn’t take the feet off any of the shelves. One foot (out of 12) had been completely broken off. As in, the foot/screws pulled out the cardboard of the shelf, leaving us with a hole in the shelf. We were able to just move the foot over to screw it back in, but I guess when you apply enough pressure to the foot (laterally), it can break through the cardboard.

      All that to say, I think your casters would be just fine, but you’ll need to make your best judgement. Hope that helps!

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