Ikea hacks (any hack, really) are always so fascinating to me. I love the idea of taking something you already have and turning it into something better, more useful, or prettier. The really great ones always give me a little pang of jealously too; Why couldn't I come up with that?!
Those ten years of crap had added up - evidenced by the archeological dig-like cleaning process - and it was time to make this guy actually useful. First, determining how to deal with the too-shallow-to-hold-files drawers (why?! why make a file cabinet that can't hold files?!).
|Not even as tall as a standard Sharpie.|
|I easily popped out the bottom of the middle drawer, making it|
a single drawer twice as deep when used in tandem with the bottom drawer.
|Way too narrow for the drawer width - Nothing for the files to hang from!|
|I measured the space I needed to fill and sliced off two pieces of the drawer bottom.|
|A few small nails in each side, and my drawer was now the perfect file width.|
|Presto! The files now hang down into the bottom drawer. Plenty of space!|
|Pre-bracket adding: Now the two drawer fronts line up with eachother|
and pull out and push in with just a tug of the center drawer handle.
I never thought I'd use 'file cabinet' and 'magical' in the same context, but it really has been a pretty wonderful experience to be able to give some paper piles a home. I'm almost looking forward to next tax season so I can smugly go pull all our documents at once from their neat little stash. Almost.