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Thursday, May 23, 2013
1x4 the width of the dresser
2 1x6 the width of the dresser
About 40 feet of lattice (per dresser, if you're doing two dressers, get about 75 feet of lattice)
This is the IKEA Rast dresser. Pretty plain and boring, but solid wood and perfect for dressing up.
First thing I did was build up the bottom so that I could attach the base molding to something. I used one 1x4 and a piece of lattice behind it to build it out.
Then I cut the base molding and lattice to trim out all of the drawers and sides. I used my new miter saw I got for my birthday. Love it!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Materials: Linnmon high-gloss white tabletop (59x29½); Expedit 4x2 shelving unit; 2 Expedit drawer inserts, high-gloss white; 2 Expedit door inserts; 12 Capita legs; Lack shelf, high gloss red (43¼x10¼)
Description: My wife and I have wanted to put together a standing desk for a long time, and took our recent move as an opportunity to finally do it. After spending a lot of time on Ikea Hackers and ikea.ca, a couple of visits to Ikea, and several draft designs, we've ended up with this, and we think it's pretty awesome. Our favorite part is that the desk itself functions as a white-board.
When designing yours, you'll want to keep in mind the target height of your desk, and account for it by varying the legs you use. Ikea offers the Capita legs in 3 different heights, so by combining them you should be able to get pretty close to your desired height. In our case, I'm about 5'11" and my wife's probably 5'3" or 5'4". Accounting for the thickness of the tabletop itself, our final desk height is 41", which is pretty comfortable for both of us.
Materials: The Loudspeakers: -4 Blanda Matt 28 cm Bowls -2 full band 4" speakers -4 binding posts -6 drawer knobs -Stuffing material ( optional ) -Electric wire. The Amp and Preamp: -2 30 cm Lack shelves -Amp board + 220Vac/12Vcc power supply -Stereo potentiometer 2 x 20 Kohm - Binding posts, RCA connectors, blue LED + R 820 ohm
Description: I'm talking about a pre-amplifier, a power amplifier, and 2 loudspeakers (music source: my MP3 player).
The loudspeakers were built by using 4 28 cm Blanda Matt bowls.
The power amplifier is fit inside a 30 cm emptied Lack shelf.
The passive preamplifier, a simple 2 x 20 Kohm stereo potentiometer to regulate the music volume, is fit inside another 30 cm emptied Lack shelf.
Materials: HEKTAR & ARSTID ceiling lamps
Description: This is a really neat hack for office / bar / working spaces we thought about while looking for a low-budget lighting solution for our new offices.
It takes about 5 minutes to prepare this hack.
Make sure you have: 1 HEKTAR ceiling lamp and 1 ARSTID ceiling lamp.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Materials: Kvissle cable management box
Description: I want to use the Kvissle cable management box as a diaper caddy and hang it on the wall above the changing table in my baby's room. There are no holes in the back of the box, though there are holes at the bottom. A Huggies wipes container fits almost perfectly, it sticks out a tiny amount at the back. Any ideas as to how to hang it? Thanks!
Materials: Akurum Abstrakt kitchen cabinets and Ikea red pillows
Description: Akurum Abstrakt 36" wide x 24" deep x 15" high cabinets, which would normally be used above a refrigerator, were placed on the floor on a 1-1/2" high base covered with a matching Akurum base kick ripped down to size.
Materials: Bedside rast
Description: I've assembled 2 Rast bedside tables. I place them on their side and put one against the other creating 2 big cabinets and one narrower in the middle. On the left cabinet I inserted some compensated shelves.
Materials: LACK Side Tables; Wood blocks, wood glue, nailer
Description: I was on a tight budget. After trying to find suitable night tables in second hand stores and online, I came across ikeahackers.net. I was impressed with all the ideas. I went to IKEA and found 4 LACK side tables on sale at $4.99 each. I bought the basic white.
The first step was to assemble 2 tables, to serve as the base of the 2 nightstands.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Materials: BESTA shelves
Description: I needed storage for DVD's, photo albums, CD's, games controllers, board games and a display shelf. I had enough space for six Besta units.
There are two taller units on the sides acting as pillars. Middle shelves on these needed to be fixed with angle brackets to the sides as the weight from the units on the top started to bow the side panels.
Above the TV is one unit to tie the pillars together and I was able to get two more units on the top of the pillars, so to use the full height on the room.
By using the glass doors in the middle, the height is broken down and it works well as a display shelf.
47 inch TV sits on the sixth unit with enough space for media units.
~ Design by Mika, UK
Materials: Pax wardrobe
Description: We have a side door that never gets used. Stuff got piled in front of it all the time, so it was time to do something.
I cut a Pax wardrobe half and fixed it in front of the door. I needed two doors, which were cut half. I used one door for side filler panes to make it look like built in unit. Second door was used in a shoe rack project.
Top needed to be more solid than wardrobe top. I used a kitchen worktop for finishing.
Inside I have one rail for coats and space for shoes.
~ Design by Mika, UK
Materials: Pax wardrobe door
Description: Shoe rack for any size shoes.
I had a a half of Pax wardrobe door left from a previous hack which I cut to a design that holds four pairs of shoes. Great looking and doesn't need a lot of space.
~ Design by Mika, UK
Friday, May 17, 2013
Materials: Lillangen wall bracket
Description: Over the last few months I have been thinking about building a homemade bike rack for our bicycles. The main goal was to save us some annoying manipulations when bringing the bikes in and out of our backyards. We were also tired of seeing our bikes sitting on our deck. Now they are sitting just outside our property in a dead end street that we have tried to turn green with the help of our neighbor.
This hack is really easy and I am pretty confident it will give ideas to some of you!
Materials: Expedit 2x2 and 1x1, inserts with door and drawers
Description: First of all, visit gerhard-richter.com and search some colour-combinations you like and buy them as spray colours.
Ikea does not offer a 2x1 Expedit, so I had to combine a 2x2 and a 1x1 in two 2x1.
I want a 2x1 horizontal with rolls, the vertical 2x1 is a side product.
I used my old and crappy 2x2 and bought a new 1x1.
Materials: Faktum article number: 441.786.10
Description: This describes a solution to be able to organize white and coloured laundry.
Take 2 Faktum kitchen 441.786.10 units and one package of shelves
1) Trim a little bit the bottom side panel so you can nail the back panel later on without any obstructions.
2) Put the unit together as planned but flip the bottom panel in this way that the "nice" side is on the outside of the unit
3) Flip the complete unit so the top goes on the bottom and add the front panels
4) Nail one shelf per unit on the bottom, or you can use it as a "threshold"
5) Put a bucket on the top and draw a circle, cut it out
6) Nail some cable conduit clips to the border of the inner circle to have a nice finish
7) You can nail some "felt" caps on the bottom so they are not touching the ground
8) Fix them together and adjust the door panels (you can also flip the doors as desired)
9) Enjoy your creation
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Materials: Variera kitchen shelf insert, Capita legs and Ekby shelf
Description: Not much of a hack if you compare to some of the other things posted here and part of it has been posted plenty of times.
I live in a small room in London and wanted to make use of the desk space more efficiently.
I put my monitor and speakers on the standard Ekby shelf on Capita legs hack that have been posted here plenty of times before.
What I haven't seen here before though is the Variera Kitchen Shelf Insert.
I mounted it upside down under the desk to keep my Xbox of the floor without taking up space on the desk.
Quite an easy hack but made a huge difference in my room.
Let me know what you think!
~ Jonas, London