IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Hack – Tutorial

This hack consisted of making a new, seamless top board to 2 IKEA HEMNES Shoe Cabinets. It´s not the major, obvious hack – but it gives great creative opportunity for customization. The idea for the hack started as I wanted to buy an additional HEMNES Shoe Cabinet (I had already one). The design of the shoe cabinet is the perfect solution for my narrow hallway. One unit is 22cm deep, and 107cm long. Given that, two cabinets side by side would measure 2×107cm=214cm. Problem was the width of my wall was only 205cm…So, the cabinet solution needed some tweaking.

The solution with 2 IKEA HEMNES Shoe Cabinets was featured in last years IKEA Catalogue. You can see that the cabinets stand side by side, with the gap in the middle as a result of the prominent top boards. The gap in the middle is wasted space. And, given that I could get rid of the gap, I was approaching the match for my wall. Although the look in the picture below is nice and coherant, it is both functionally and an easthetically flawed due to  1.) wasted middle space and 2.) the ”seam” in the middle of the jointing top boards. I needed to address the first problem in order for the solution to practically work in my home. Finding a solution that would solve the second problem at the same time was a bonus!

Ok! Time to hack!

STEP 1: Start by removing original top boards of the HEMNES Shoe Cabinets.


STEP 2: Find a new top board of your choice. I simply took two wooden planks which I sanded and painted in high gloss light grey.

STEP 3: Although the original look changes with this hack, keep HEMNES nice proportions by keeping the outer overhang of the top board. This is achieved by simply making sure there is a top board overhang on the front and to each side of the double cabinet unit. As I did not really have the space required to do this, I had to clip one corner of the back top plank, to give it a snug fit over the door case.

STEP 4: When your new top board is finished you fasten it to the cabinet units. Some glue and small angle irons will do the trick.

THE RESULT: The result is a seamless look, where 2 cabinets become 1! The lean proportions are intact, thanks to the topboard overhang. The wasted middle space is used, and I have a really great storage solution in my narrow hallway!

The seamless HEMNES Shoe Cabinet hack can be extended to a neverending row of HEMNES shoe storage – now wouldn´t that be a dream come true? The top board customization allows for great experimentation, I am thinking that a new HEMNES top board of concrete, mosaic or a splash of shock yellow paint would lift the spirits and capacity of any hallway….

Best of luck to you all in creating your own customized, seamless HEMNES Storage!

7 Responses to “IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Hack – Tutorial”
  1. Caroline skriver:

    Hi !

    I would like to know the width of your hallway please !

    Thanks 🙂

    Love your blog so much !



    • ScrapHacker.com skriver:

      Hi Caroline, glad you like ScrapHacker.
      Here are some measurements for you: the length of the wall against which the Hemnes Cabinets are built is 205cm, the width of my hallway (measured as the distance between the wall behind the Hemnes Cabinets and the facing wardrobe units) is 120cm. As the Hemnes units are about 25 deep (with my new top board) the width of the hallway passage (measured as the distance between the outer edge of the Hemnes cabinets and the doors of the facing wardrobes) is 95cm. Hope this answers your question! Have a great weekend!

  2. Jennifer skriver:

    This is BRILLIANT! Funny thing is I was just looking at the Hemnes shoe cabinet on-line today. Glad I found your website first!!!

  3. Boo Reed skriver:

    Love this!! Have been looking for a narrow cabinet of sorts for a long wall,
    under windows, in our motorhome’s 12 ft. slideout. We removed couch and the built-in dinette.
    Replaced with those with folding Ikea table and two recliners. Your hack would make perfect storage for can good and a very useable top.
    Thank you

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