We Really Feel Like You Need to Try This Ikea Hack: From Tray Stand to Modern Shelves

Sammanhang hack
credit: Caroline Burke

We're always on the lookout for a good IKEA hack, so when we spied the Sammanhang tray stand we knew it had the potential for a fresh new look. The modern metal frame was just screaming to be transformed into some sleek Scandi shelving — think a small version of the Twin Bookcase by Mogens Lassen and you've got our inspo. With a few simple shelves, this basic frame can work beautifully as a minimal shelving display for your favorite trinkets.

IKEA hack Sammanhang
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • Hardboard sheet or thin plywood — you'll need three pieces, 19 5/8 inches by 6 1/4 inches each

  • Black paint

  • Hacksaw

  • Tape measure

Step 1

Assemble the IKEA Sammanhang frame as per the instructions.

Sammanhang IKEA hack
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Cut out three shelves from a sheet of hardboard or thin plywood each measuring 19 5/8 inches by 6 1/4 inches. You can cut them yourself with a saw or ask your local hardware store to cut them for you. (Like we did.)

Sammanhang tray stand hack
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

We need to remove the corners from two of the shelves so they fit snugly into the Sammanhang frame. To do this, take a ruler and mark a small horizontal line 1/4 inch from the top edge.

Sammanhang DIY
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Step 4

Next mark a line 1/4 inch from the side to meet with the first line. (This corner square is going to be removed.) Repeat these markings on all four corners of the shelf.

Sammanhang IKEA hack project
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Take a small hacksaw and cut along the lines to remove the square corner shapes you've marked.

Sammanhang tray stand IKEA hack
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

Repeat on the second shelf.

Sammanhang IKEA
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They'll fit nicely into the lower tiers of Sammanhang frame once the corners are removed.

IKEA shelving hack
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Step 7

Remove the shelves and paint them black with acrylic paint. You'll need two to three coats, depending on the opacity.

IKEA hack
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Run some strong super glue along the top of the Sammanhang frame before placing the top shelf on.

IKEA hack
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You can slide the lower shelves in without glue.

IKEA Sammanhang shelf hack
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Your Scandinavian-inspired minimal shelving is ready for use!


Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!