October 2009, IKEA
HACK #3, Garden Window Shelf
Although Em didn't ask for it, I
decided she needed more room for her kitchen gear so I built a shelf above
our garden window from three 31-1/2" GRUNDTAL open stainless steel wall
shelves ($15 each). To maximize the distance between the top of the shelf
and the ceiling, I cut off the lower part of the brackets which mount to
the walls (this means that the entire shelving unit is held to the wall
with 3 screws instead of 6). I also cut each rail so that the length of
the combined units would match the length of the garden window. Finally,
I devised a solution so that back to back shelves would share a single
support bracket. The solution involved threaded bars and nuts which fit
snugly inside the rails. I'm not keeping it a secret, but it would be
hard to explain , so you'll have to contact me if you want to know how I
|Instead of 3 separate shelves with 6
brackets combining to a length of almost 8 feet, I hacked the units
into a single custom shelf which matches the window width.
|Here's a close up view of bars from either
side coming into a single bracket. Without the hack, you would see
back to back brackets here instead.
And here's the end of the shelf, where you can see that the bottom of
the bracket has been removed and also the decorative nut for the
threaded bar which runs continuously through the three outermost bars.
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