8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With IKEA’s $10 KNUFF Magazine Files

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Even if you got stuck in there for a whole afternoon (and, let’s be honest, who hasn’t?), you might still never see every little thing the IKEA marketplace has to offer. Take, for instance, the untreated wooden magazine file the Swedish retailer likes to call KNUFF. It’s affordable and so unassuming you might miss it if you weren’t looking for it, but the KNUFF can be used for a whole host of things around the house.

Above, a pair of KNUFF files were fastened with screws to the bottom of a desktop to create rotating storage cubbies – a great alternative to basic drawers. There’s a tutorial for this project over on Mi Casa.

The Raw Material: KNUFF Magazine File, $9.99 for 2 at IKEA (Image credit: IKEA)
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This table from Solebich is four KNUFF files attached in a pinwheel shape, then mounted to a wooden stool.

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Another pinwheel table treatment from Shelterness, but this one uses IKEA baskets to add an interesting basketweave pattern.

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A hairpin leg nightstand that uses the files to add a little bit of storage. See the rest of this reader project right here.

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IKEA shows us how to use the magazine files to give tablets a home inside a secretary desk or cabinet. This would work great in a kitchen or your home’s landing strip, too.

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From @lempideco on Instagram, a painted KNUFF file makes for a tiny and really affordable corner shelf or tabletop.

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And on IKEA Hackers, a pair of corner-mounted KNUFFs make for a well-sticked tea station.

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Finally from Apartment Apothecary, a KNUFF file mounted to the inside of a kitchen cabinet is the perfect place to store rolls of foil and plastic wrap. You could try this, too, on the inside of a closet door to hold wrapping paper and gift wrap supplies.