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DIY IKEA Trofast Shelf

This DIY IKEA Trofast shelf adds double the storage to your wall! Fill the bins with toys or Lego, and display their favorites on the shelf!

DIY IKEA Trofast shelf

My son's room always needs more Lego storage! Those little plastic pieces seem to multiply when I'm not looking, and we're running out of places to put them. Despite my wishful thinking, he never sorts the pieces into the separate bins above his Lego table. Oh well, a mom can dream, right? 😉

DIY lego table with storage bins

We're also switching things up in this room, and his bed now sits in that spot. The climbing wall takes up a big chunk of the space now, but I managed to fit the two of the three small tables in the corner.

lego tables in corner of room

Now this DIY IKEA Trofast shelf sits above the tables to give him even more storage, and a spot to display his favorite creations! You can find the vertical version of these wall mount storage bins here.

IKEA Trofast shelf above Lego table

These floating shelves also work great in the closet! I built a couple more, attached a French cleat to the back, and installed them in my son's closet for a custom storage solution that's easy to remove.

Check out this post for more IKEA Trofast hacks and ideas!

11 clever IKEA trofast hacks

Here's how to make your own IKEA Trofast shelf!

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Materials Needed for IKEA Trofast Shelf

How to Make an IKEA Trofast Shelf

Download the Free Woodworking Plans

Getting the spacing right for the hanging Trofast bins was the trickiest part of this project. Luckily, I did all the trial and error for you! 😉 The free woodworking plans give you all the dimensions you need, and it's easy to adjust to add more bins or to use deeper bins.

Cut the 1x6 boards to fit trofast bins

I'm working through my scrap wood pile, and for this project I took apart the top from the IKEA desk hack I made a few years ago. We recently bought a chest freezer for that spot, so the desk (which was usually just covered in junk anyway) had to go.

IKEA desk hack

Thankfully, I didn't use wood glue when I put it together, so I just had to unscrew the pieces. I could even reuse the pocket hole screws!

removing pocket hole screws from desk top

I measured the dimensions of the Trofast bin, and cut the sides to fit. There should be a little bit of wiggle room so the bins can move in and out smoothly. The end pieces are a little longer so they can attach to the back.

Trofast bin between side pieces of shelf

Assemble the frame

Since I'm reusing these boards from an old project, the pocket holes were already drilled for me! 🙂 The ones facing up will be for attaching the shelf later. Check out my pocket hole guide if you've never used them before.

Trofast shelf frame complete

Apply wood glue to the ends of the boards before screwing them together. Make sure the center divider is straight and square before attaching it to the back. If it's crooked, it could prevent the bins from sliding correctly.

checking for square on center divider of Trofast shelf

Cut and attach the plywood top

When you're working with scrap wood, sometimes you have to get creative when a piece is slightly too small! The only plywood in my shop that would work for this project was ¾" too narrow.

So instead of applying edge banding to cover up the raw plywood edges, I used a ¾" strip of solid wood. It gave me the extra width I needed, and saved me a step later! I just applied wood glue to the solid wood strip, tacked it to the edge of the plywood with a few brad nails, then put it in clamps to dry.

solid wood edge banding on plywood top of Trofast shelf

Wood filler covers up any gaps and makes it look like a solid piece! Learn more about how to use wood filler here.

applying wood filler to seam between solid wood edge banding and plywood

Cut the plywood to fit the frame exactly. Then apply wood glue along the top of the frame.

applying wood glue to Trofast shelf frame

Line up the edges of the frame with the plywood top, and attach it together with pocket hole screws.

attaching top of Trofast shelf to frame with pocket hole screws

Cut and install trofast bin supports

After struggling with bins falling out of the slots on my son's other IKEA Lego table, I didn't want to use the same method for the shelf. Plus, this way is much easier than cutting dados and trying to get them lined up exactly!

two IKEA Lego tables made from IKEA Trofast drawer units, made to look like giant Lego bricks

I placed the Trofast bin upside down inside the shelf. Then I cut a few test pieces off a 1x6 scrap to see which size supports would work best. ¾" was a little too tight, but ½" worked perfectly!

testing fit of Trofast shelf side supports

I used wood glue and brad nails to attach the supports to the frame. If you don't have a nail gun, you can drill countersink holes along the length of the dowel, then screw them in place instead.

A scrap of 1x6 served as a spacer underneath so there's enough room for the lip of the bin to slide in place.

attaching bin supports to sides of Trofast shelf with Ryobi brad nailer

Flip the shelf over and give it a quick test!

testing fit of Trofast shelf bin before painting

You can hide the nail holes with wood filler before painting. But since the bin will cover them most of the time, I took the lazy way out and skipped that step! 🙂

Paint or Stain the Shelf

My son's room is painted a blue-green, the same color as the walls of his beloved bouldering gym. But that makes choosing colors for the rest of the room a little tricky. I dug around the shop and found an unopened can of Black Dog Salvage paint in Galvanized Gray. Perfect!

Black Dog Salvage paint in Galvanized Gray

I really like the matte finish of this paint. It also matches the gray of his climbing wall crash mats perfectly! I'm thinking of using it on the rest of the projects I have planned for his room too. Being stuck in quarantine makes you use the cool stuff you already had at home! 🙂

Screw the Shelf to the Wall

Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall, then mark the wall and the back of the shelf. Drill two holes at each stud location through the back of the shelf. Then use 3" screws to attach it to the wall.

screw the Trofast shelf to the wall at the studs

Load up your IKEA Trofast Shelf

I got to enjoy a clean, organized Lego area for about 2.3 seconds before my son swooped in and started building! It was nice while it lasted! 🙂

DIY IKEA Trofast shelf above Lego tables

These bins hold a ton of Lego pieces. I've given up trying to organize them, but he somehow knows where to find every part!

IKEA Trofast shelf with bins full of Lego pieces

The shelves are the perfect depth to go over the Lego tables. Not so deep that they get in the way, but deep enough to put fully built dragons on top!

IKEA Trofast shelf over Lego table with Lego dragons

Ready to make your own IKEA Trofast bin floating shelf? Download the free woodworking plans below and get building!

DIY Floating Shelf storage bins


Wednesday 6th of May 2020

You are so very clever! And the title of your site reminds me of my own dear dad. I love to see what you have created.

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