Functional & Stylish Inserts for the IKEA Kallax
In my mind, there is no better organizational system than the IKEA Kallax Line. The reasonable price tag paired with their super sleek design, modular options, and generous cubby size make them ideal for storing a wide variety of things. Although the cubbies themselves are an organization dream, there are now so many different bins, baskets, shelves and inserts for the IKEA Kallax, meaning you can make the shelves even more functional and stylish than ever before! Today, I’m rounding up my very favorite products that fit into the IKEA Kallax cubes (as well as other common cube systems such as the Threshold cubes from Target and the Better Homes & Garden series from Walmart). Let me show you!
Years ago, I started investing in IKEA Kallax units because they have great storage space and incredible versatility. Not only does this shelving unit make the perfect addition to a living room wall or bench in the entryway, but it can also serve as a sideboard, room divider, or added closet/wardrobe storage.
We currently have 5 different units; and no matter the size of our home or its layout, I can always find places for them. To date, we’ve used IKEA Kallax units to hold kids games and toys in the playroom; fabric, yarn, and sewing supplies in the craft room; hats, shoes, and sunscreen in the foyer; and as console tables and media stands throughout the house.
Additionally, I have outfitted the 13x13x15″ cubbies with all sorts of shelves, baskets, bins, and other great additions in order to make them hold as much as possible in really stylish, usable ways. Here are just some sample pictures of the same units across our last 4 homes!
What Size Inserts Fit the IKEA Kallax?
One of my favorite aspects of the IKEA Kallax is that the cubby size is really generous, measuring 13″ wide x 13″ tall x 15″ deep. Obviously, anything IKEA releases specifically for the Kallax will fit perfectly, but I also find many of IKEA’s other baskets, containers, caddies, and totes are also compatible.
NOTE: The IKEA Kallax is the “newly” updated version of the IKEA Expedit. Although the frame of the unit on the Kallax is a bit smaller and has a sleeker appearance, the internal cubby size is the same as the Expedit. As such, any Expedit product will also fit inside the Kallax.
Further, the cubbies in both Threshold line (from Target) and the Better Homes & Gardens line (from Walmart) have the same 13″ wide x 13″ tall dimensions. So those brand inserts will also fit (although they may not take advantage of the full 15″ depth which is unique to the IKEA shelves).
IKEA Kallax Insert Ideas
Not only do these generous cubby dimensions give you a lot of space to work with, but it means they are sizable enough to be divided up and made even more functional. Here are a bunch of ideas I love!
Drawers. If you have smaller items that would get lost on big shelves or inside large baskets, using nice deep drawers are a great way to divide up the large cubby while still keeping things nicely concealed.
Wine Bottle Insert. If you are using an IKEA Kallax shelf unit as a console table or sideboard, this is a great option for bottles of wine. I also have it on good authority that each 1/9 square cubby perfectly fits four boxes/rolls of Cricut vinyl. 😉
Shelves. I was ecstatic when I discovered IKEA finally released shelves for the IKEA Kallax. Although I wish they weren’t glass, they are super affordable and a great solution for splitting up cubbies for shorter baskets. The wooden shelf below (although designed for the Better Homes & Gardens cube system) will fit nicely on the Kallax and divide it up without having to drill into your unit.
Paper Organization. There are lots of great options for paper storage inserts for the IKEA Kallax. Do your research though. While these products sure make organizing your rainbow of heavy weight cardstock a total dream, they can also be quite pricey. Etsy sellers seems to have the best selections for this particular IKEA Kallax hack.
1 – IKEA Kallax Drawers | 2 – IKEA Wine Bottle Insert | 3 – IKEA Glass Shelves | 4 – Letter Paper Tray | 5 – Adjustable Paper Sorter | 6 – 12×12 Paper Organizer, Brown | 7 – Cube Storage Shelf
Doors for the IKEA Kallax
You guys know I don’t love the look of visual clutter on shelves. Although I tend to prefer bins and baskets for catching all the unsightly stuff and use up every available inch, an added door is another really stylish option. And beyond just hiding the items on your shelves, these doors can become decor statements in and of themselves, allowing you to camouflage the particleboard finish and make the entire display look more custom or expensive! Etsy, again, has lots of neat custom (but still affordable) products!
Doors. IKEA makes a variety of door inserts especially for the Kallax, so you can be sure they’ll fit and can be customized any way you want.
Door Overlays. My Overlays is a company that specializes in wooden overlays that take your IKEA products to the next level. These door fronts can be painted or decorated to match your own style and color scheme.
Door Decals. Once you install plain white doors onto your IKEA Kallax cubbies, it might be too much white. One trick to consider is adding a (removable) splash of color with a wide variety of decals in fun florals, geometrics and more!
1 – IKEA Kallax Door | 2 – Arched Door Front | 3 – Overlays Door, Diamond | 4 – Overlays Door, Square | 5 –Door Decals, Yellow + Green | 6 – Door Decals, Pink + Orange | 7 –Door Decals, Wildflowers
Bins & Baskets that Fit the IKEA Kallax
Alright, you guys know I love a good basket in general. But when it comes to the IKEA Kallax Collection, I believe they really are the best way to make the most of every last inch. Not only can good-sized bins hold a wide variety of items, but now you can find them in so many stylish colors, textures and patterns! The IKEA Drona Bins are one of my all-time favorites (because they are so cheap!), as are the large round Y-weave baskets, and these black mesh baskets. Half-tall baskets (like the Medium Y-Weave Baskets and the shorter Sprout Crate) work great in Kallax cubbies split up by shelves. Here are a ton of other lovely ones!
1 – Gold Wire Basket | 2 –IKEA Drona Bin | 3 – Open Front Bin | 4 – Heather Bin | 5 – Tall Matte Plastic Bin | 6 – Handled Canvas Bin | 7 – Neutral Fabric Bin | 8 – Grey Woven Basket | 9 – Metal Wire Basket | 10 – Large Y-Weave Basket | 11 – Medium Y-Weave Basket | 12 – Two-Tone with Leather Handle | 13 – Nautical Stripe Bin | 14 – Rejsa Bin | 15 – Mesh Bin | 16 – See-Through Bins | 17 – Two-Tone Rope Basket | 18 – Rope Basket | 19 – Two-Tone Bin (With Lids) | 20 – Felt Storage Bins | 21 – Navy Stripe Low Bin
Other Insert Ideas for the IKEA Kallax
Items that perfectly measure 13″ in height and width aren’t the only things that can fit on IKEA Kallax Shelves. Keep your eye out for products that fit within the 13x13x15″ dimensions and allow you to use your shelves in really unique ways. I personally use the acrylic dividers to hold all my cardstock on my Kallax shelves. And I’ve actually been looking for a way to store files in the cubbies; this fabric file box might be just the ticket!
1 –Wine Bottle Holder | 2 – Fabric File Box | 3 – Lidded File Box Set | 4 – Acrylic Sorter | 5 – Wooden Wine Glass Holder
I had so much fun hunting around and finding various high quality inserts for the IKEA Kallax. I hope this roundup gives you some ideas for outfitting your shelves in different ways, and I’ll do my best to keep this post updated as new products become available!
11 Comments on “Functional & Stylish Inserts for the IKEA Kallax”
This is really timely for me! I’m waiting on shelving to arrive 6 wk wait) for my KALLAX and now I know I can do even more.
Hurray! So glad to hear it!
My sister went to IKEA to get some shelves right when IKEA first opened back up, and Kallax units were flying off the shelves (she ended up having to wait too). I think everyone has been home organizing for the last few months, lol!
Have a great weekend!Megan
This is so helpful! I can not tell you how many times I’ve trawled the Ikea website trying to work out which options will fit. Next time I’ll come straight here instead!
Thank you so much for this! Seeing the acrylic divider made me have a light bulb moment that it may work for our vinyl records! Just ordered it to try out. We’ve been using some wooden bins from Target that are pretty, but it’s kind of pesky (and heavy!) to pull that whole bin out each time to pick a record out. I love the Kallax so much, so many uses for it and this is a great roundup of helpers. 🙂
Yay! So glad to hear that what I shared sparked some ideas for you. I think you might be on to something! I tried so many ideas for my cardstock and repurposed the acrylic divider from somewhere else kinda on a whim! I’ve never looked back since it works so well!
Keep me posted!Megan
Thank you for this wonderful post!
I first encountered an IKEA kallax system in my dorm room in Switzerland. At the time I purchased the collapsible drawer inserts. I had no idea how versatile this system could be -thank you for these excellent suggestions!
Have you seen the documentary about IKEA? It is narrated by Olivia Coleman. Such an interesting company!
Thank you for all of your articles, resources and creative posts. I look forward to each installment.
Thank you so much for chiming in! I have not seen the IKEA documentary but now I definitely want to check it out. I agree with you on the Kallax…just so versatile, especially considering the price!
So glad you enjoy what I create – that makes me so happy to hear!Have a great week!Megan
I’m the office pic, where did you find those bins to hold hanging file folders?
Thank you for putting together this wonderful resource. I’m considering getting a used Kallax 4×4 to display my cup & saucer collection, using the glass shelves you outlined above. Do you know if the IKEA Eket glass doors will fit Kallax cubes, so the cups are visible but my cats can’t get into the cubbies? Each Eket glass is 12 5/8″ by 12 5/8″. (Full disclosure: I think the unit I’m interested in buying is actually the older version before Kallax, but I believe the interior spaces are the same size?). Thanks for any advice!
That sounds like a really fun project! However, I’m not sure those doors will fit. The internal dimensions of the Expedit/Kallax are 13.25″ square. The glass door wouldn’t fully cover the cubby. That said, it might cover it enough to protect your cups, so maybe buy 1 and give it a try?
I’m surprised someone hasn’t made glass doors for the Kallax yet. I did find this on Amazon (but it’s no longer available). Maybe some more research will yield some other options!
Hope that helps a bit!Megan
Hi! Do you have any suggestions for bins with lids that would fit four to one kallax cubby, like for crayons etc? Thank you!