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Ikea Hack – The Liatorp Glass Door Bookcase

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February 11, 2020

You will soon start to realize how much I love Ikea, and even more how I love to hack it.  Ikea is a great resource if you need furniture on a budget, but don’t want your home to look like an Ikea showroom. (Although you can find some pretty cozy vignettes in the showroom) This is where the hack comes in. I will share with you a favorite Ikea Hack – the Liatorp Glass Door Cabinet.

Discover how to upgrade an Ikea Liatorp Glass-Cabinet with radiator sheets and fun knob. The affordable way to add storage to your office or living room.

This is a piece that we have used in many different spaces in our home. It will work in an office, living room, or as a linen closet in a bedroom. I found this hack years ago in Martha Stewart’s magazine, but sadly I can no longer find the link. You can find the pictures on my Ikea Pinterest board.

The Liatorp Glass-Door Cabinet on its own is one of the better looking Ikea pieces. There is crown molding on the top and the base to soften that typical Ikea look, and the glass gives it a little more sophistication. However, if you are like me you don’t want everyone to see what you are storing through the glass. This hack adds a little character while also hiding whatever you are keeping inside. This doesn’t mean it still shouldn’t be organized.

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Detail picture of how to apply radiator sheets to Liatorp Cabinet

What You Will Need

How To

A new amazing feature from Ikea is that they are delivering more products at a reasonable price.  Gone are the days where you have to try and shove it in your car by asking kind Ikea strangers to help you. (But not gonna lie there is something magical about the challenge).  I checked to see what the cost was to get it to my house in Boston and it was a $49 delivery free. That is a bargain considering the time you will save.


  • Start by putting the piece together but stop before you put on the shelves and the doors.

  • Figure out where you are going to put the cabinet.  If one side is up against a wall like mine you will not need to put the aluminum sheets on that side.

  • After you decide how many of the glass sides you are going to cover you will need to measure and see how many sheets you will need. Here is a sheet of the measurements I used that you can print and take to Home Depot, but I would double-check my measurements because I got my Liatorp years ago. Make sure to give yourself a 1/2″ to an inch on every side.

  • If you aren’t handy with an electric saw, or if your husband isn’t a builder like mine, then the nice people at Home Depot will cut the sheets for you. Just make sure to go armed with your measurements. 

  • Spray paint your metal pieces – I suggest doing front and back  

  • After they are dry you will want to screw the pieces on the inside of the cabinet and doors. (You can see the close-up of the insides in the picture above) 

  • We put the sheets on after we had hung the doors, but you can also do it before you hang them.

  • Put on whatever fun knobs you want and voila! I found mine at Anthropologie.
Ikea Liatorp glass cabinet embellished with Radiator grill sheets

Now the fun part! You get to fill it. Most of what I used to fill the cabinet was organized with items from The Container Store. We will have to get into that another day!

Do you have a favorite Ikea hack?

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