Ikea Hyllis Hack – Rolling Cart

Ikea Hyllis Hack Rolling cart

Happy June friends!  I’m so excited to be sharing my tutorial for my IKEA Hyllis hack!  If you followed along with my One Room Challenge laundry room renovation then you’ve already got a sneak peek of this IKEA hack.  Today, I’m sharing the step by step process for this IKEA Hyllis hack – rolling cart.

My laundry room is pretty darn tiny and I needed all of the extra space that I could get.  There is a whopping 11″ of space in between my washer and dryer that I wanted to take advantage of but fining a cart to fit was an impossible task.  My first thought was to build a wooden rolling cart from scratch but I was in the midst of a 6 week deadline to finish my entire room which included building a utility sink, laying floor and wall tile and much more.  I just didn’t have the time.  So I went to my favorite store (you guessed it, IKEA!) and found out that they now make a 29-1/8″ tall version of the Hyllis shelf!  And to top it off, it was only $9.99.  It’s about 10-3/4″ wide so I knew I could make it work for my space.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

The first thing that I did was build it upside down and set it in the space.  This was more to get a feel for my design than anything else.  You can see below that I really needed some more height to make it look nice in the space.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

For added height I decided to use 2.5″ casters on the bottom and build a box out of 1×6 boards on the top.  Here is what I came up with in sketchup.  Keep scrolling for a list of materials, tools and step by step directions.  This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click-through and make a purchase.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart


IKEA Hyllis Shelf

(4) 2.5″ Casters

(4) Simpson Strongtie Corner Brackets

1×6 x 96″ board

1×10 board (you’ll only need 22″ in length so get a short piece if you can)

1/2″ thick plywood.  I used scrap pieces but if you need to purchase one, a 2’x4′ piece will be more than enough

(56) 10 x 1/2″ Screws

Brad nails

Wood glue

Wood filler



Spray Paint (optional)

Sand paper

Loctite Glue


Miter Saw 

Table Saw 


Drill Bit

Brad Nailer 


Tape Measure


Ear Protection

Eye Protection

Directions – Ikea Hyllis Hack: rolling cart

Step 1 – Drill new holes for the shelves

Before you get started, throw away the directions that come with the shelf.  You’ll actually be building it upside down and drilling new holes for where the shelves need to be spaced.  Below is a graphic that shows where the new holes should be drilled (8 total for the top and 8 total for the middle shelf).  The bottom shelf is flush with the bottom of the four legs.  The middle shelf is centered 16- 3/16″ from the top of the legs and the top shelf is centered 3 – 3/16″ from the top of the legs.  I used a 9/16″ bit and it fit the screws that came with the shelf.

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IKEA Hyllis Rolling Cart

After the holes are drilled you can attach the shelves using the screws that came in the box.

Step 2 – Add Casters

I couldn’t screw the casters into the bottom shelf since it’s a thin metal so I cut two pieces of scrap 1/2″ thick wood that I had to 9-1/4″ and glued them to the bottom of the cart.  I used loctite glue and clamps to hold them in place until they dried.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Then I glued the casters on and used #8 x 5/8″screws and washers to attach them to the wood because I had them laying around but the #10 x 1/2″ screws will probably work just fine too.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Step 3 – Build the storage box

You’ll want to start out by ripping a 1×10 down to a width of 9-1/16″.  Then, you will need to cut it to 22″ in length.

DIY Wood Box

The sides, front and back are all made of 1×6 boards.  Both sides are 22″ long and the front and back are 10 – 9/16″ long.  Start out by attaching both sides using wood glue and brad nails.

DIY Wood Box

DIY Wood Box

Then, attach the front and back using wood glue and brad nails.

DIY Wood Box

DIY Wood Box

DIY Wood Box

Stain the box your choice of color and if desired apply polyurethane.  I used Varathane Briarsmoke stain and Minwax semi gloss polyurethane on mine.

Step 4 (OPTIONAL) – Spray paint the shelf.

This step is not necessary but if you want a specific color for the metal you can always spray it any color that you want!  I went with a satin nickel for mine.  Just be sure to tape off the casters before you spray it (or spray it before you add the casters).

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Step 5 – Install the wood storage box

Drop the wood box in place.  When I did this I thought that the top of the shelf legs would sit nice and flush with the box but they definitely did not.  To fix this I drilled holes through the legs into the wood (careful not to go all the way through though!).  Then I used #10 x 1/2″ wood screws to tighten it up.

I also installed simpson strongtie corner brackets at the top of each of the corners of the box to even out the look.

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

And here are the final pictures of the IKEA Hyllis hack rolling cart in my laundry room.  It couldn’t have turned out any better and gives me some much needed storage!

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Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

Ikea Hyllis hack rolling cart

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Ikea Hyllis Hack Rolling cart

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  1. My husband and I are going to be in Atlanta next week and I am trying to talk him into a trip to Ikea…it would be out first. I think he is afraid because of posts that I find like this 😉

      1. Only thing I would add, is some type of soft protection where each side is near the washer or dryer. As it is now you will end up scrapping up the washer and dryer.

        1. Hi Greg. This isn’t an issue for me since it doesn’t physically touch the washer and dryer. If it were a tighter space some felt could be added if someone was concerned about scratching the washer and dryer.

  2. Wow! Love the transformation – you’ve created the perfect laundry cart.
    Thanks for sharing this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop 🙂

  3. Hi Hannah!
    This is such a great hack! I love the addition of the wooden box and the casters. I found you by way of Turnabout Tuesdays. I would love for you to share your projects at Homestyle Gathering link party via Serving Up Southern.

    1. Thanks Kimberly. I missed the link party this week but I’ll add it to my weekly parties and stop by next week. 🙂

  4. It’s a great idea! I would love to have something like this in my kitchen.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  5. Brilliant!!!

    Did you also drill and screw the wood bits in on the bottom? I’d be nervous about them wiggling free after a while.

    I’m now trying to figure out where I can use this in my home!

    1. Thank you! I super glued the wood blocks onto the bottom and then screwed the casters into the wood. They have held strong with no issues.

  6. I have a question about the brackets you used. the listing you provide says both “wings” are 1.5 inches long, but in the pictures it looks like one side is longer than the other? can you confirm the measurements since it is hard to find one with the same size on both sides of the bracket

    1. The link in the post is exactly what I used. They are 1.5″ on one side and 2″ on the other. I put the shorter “wing” on the front of the cart.

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