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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Materials: Trofast boxes, jig saw, sand paper, screws
Description: Ikea's toys storage boxes were used both to cover the ceiling, and to create the libraries. With a jig saw I cut the bottom of the boxes which were then fixed to the wall, alternating with closed boxes with LEDs inside. I fixed to the ceiling the smaller boxes over adhesive strips of LEDs for a very effective ceiling light!
Materials: Stolmen poles, random shelves, extra Stolmen mounting fixtures
Description: We needed a place to put our shoes, coats and other outdoor necessities. Since all our walls in our small hallway are occupied with doors, we had troubles finding that solution in any store.
So this is what we did:
We went to Ikea to bought two Stolmen poles and a package of extra mounting fixtures from the same Stolmen series. Then we went to Bauhaus to buy four shelves that can stand dirt and scratches (Ikea has some too but in the wrong sizes for our hallway).
At home, we drilled two holes in each shelf (you need a wide drill or even better, an adjustable drill that can be found in most hardware stores) and put the Stolmen pole through them. Then we used one Stolmen mounting fixture under and one above each hole to stabilize it to the pole.
At last, we put some hook (found in hardware store) under the top shelf.
~ Patrik P, Helsingborg, Sweden
Materials: 1 Expedit shelving units, 1 Expedit wall shelf
Description: I needed a very compact desk for my bedroom, I combined 2 Expedit pieces to get this simple but useful result. It is very easy to made.
~ Samuel Laurora, Italy
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Materials: Akurum Base Cabinet, Akurum 80" Tall Cabinet, Rationell Deep Drawer and Fronts, Tablesaw, Drill
Description: One of the biggest questions regarding the Ikea Akurum tall cabinets are how to fit them into a floor to ceiling installation. The 88" cabinet either needs tall legs to take it to the ceiling (leaving a gap at the floor) or leaves a gap at the ceiling that won't line up with the other upper cabinets. My approach to this problem was to actually downsize to an 80" tall cabinet, and build a base unit to bring it all the way up to the ceiling.
The measurements below are based on a 96" ceiling, a 3/4" gap at the ceiling for deco strip, and adjustable legs to take care of any irregularities.
Materials: Old french book, PVA and clear varnish
Description: This was originally the UTBY Bar table, brown-black, stainless steel. After having this table for 3 years, the wood veneer came off in places. The table started to look terrible. So I made a table cover from an old French book. I'm really pleased with the results, this photo was taken 3 months after, even though it is regularly used, wear has been minimal.
If you want to make something similar all you need to do is get an old book, some PVA and clear vanish. Around 6 layers of vanish will need to be applied after the glue has dried to protect the table. The material costs for a cheap second hand book, PVA and vanish was less than £10.
If you want to see more of my furniture improvements and are other art work check out www.whereispete.co.uk and click the page Artwork.
~ WhereisPete, Brick lane, London
Materials: Besta cabinets
Description: We have a small bedroom but wanted a large bed, we bought 3 Besta double width low cabinets and 1 single.
The single taller cabinets used as bedside cabinets. We removed the shelves and replaced with large baskets, this was cheaper than buying the Besta drawers and drawer fronts.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Materials: Solsta footstools
Description: Some time ago, I bought 3 SOLSTA footstools. I wanted to use them as a small couch, but unfortunately they where way too small and unstable to sit on.
I didn't had a coffee table yet, so I decided to make a coffee table from the 3 footstools.
It's a very simple hack: You only need to remove the cover and the foam.
As you can see in the pictures, I also unscrewed the top off 1 footstool, so I can easily reach to the things underneath it.
(the black 'plugs' belong to an IKEA MANDAL wardrobe. (discontinued))
I hope you like my first IKEA hack. :)
~ Elena, The Netherlands
Materials: Grundtal toilet roll holder, wooden coasters, Drill with various drill bits, Hack saw (not required if you've got a rotary tool), Files, Rotary tool with cut-off wheels (not required, but VERY highly recommended), Sandpaper
Description: This is a set of speaker mounts made from Grundtal toilet paper holders. They were inspired by these.
I was originally going to make them out of wood, but after buying a ton of Grundtal kitchen stuff on a visit to Ikea and being impressed by the nice stainless finish, I decided to try and find some stainless steel items that could be modified into the basic shapes I was looking for.
After a bit of searching, I discovered the Grundtal toilet tissue holder and it fit the bill just right. The tube was the right diameter and there was just enough length of bar to accommodate my speakers.
Materials: STORA Loft bed, 4 "L" joint brackets and careful assembly
Description: I thought about doing this a while back when I first saw the simple STORA loft bed because it had no desk on the bottom and was really obvious that it could work. I priced modern canopy beds that I liked (Usually one's with solid wood, square and sturdy) and found the average price to be around $700, though they did go up to $1,600. Not to mention I live in a 600sf studio in Downtown and I do love my FULL size bed, and most beds I found were Queen. So finally this week I bought a STORA loft bed on craigslist for $60!(Full with no accessories other than the ladder) and went to work. I did not take photos as I went but I will explain. Here's what I did:
1: Read the instructions carefully. I've learned that they are in an exact order so nothing ends up backwards and so you don't have to retrace steps.
2: I assembled the headboard and footboard and left out the "top boards" which were intended to be the guard railings. I used only the middle board supporting the mattress support and 2 side rails.
3: I then connected the headboard and footboard using the wood bean provided. I put together the mattress support with slats on its own and then placed it UPSIDE DOWN so that at this point, the headboard, and footboard were ALL being assembled upside down and the mattress support face up on top.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Materials: (2) Lack Wall Shelf, (2) Akurum Base Cabinet and (1) Akurum Wall Corner Cabinet
Description: We needed a cash-wrap station with room for supplies but with a small footprint. Since we use a mobile payment system on a tablet computer there is no need for a register to clutter our space. Our Lack-Akurum hack suits our needs and gets quite a few compliments.
Two Lack wall shelves were mounted back-to-back on a 2"x2" strip of wood to create a countertop. The mounting brackets on each side were slightly offset to accommodate the screws. The countertop was then attached to the Akurum base cabinet from below. With the addition of a second base cabinet and a corner cabinet there is plenty of room for storing shopping bags and materials.
Materials: Ikea Kura, wood
Description: My eldest son was sleeping in a Kura bed, my youngest son in a small bed that had become too small.
Problem: the room was too small for two beds and was full of toys scattered on the floor. So I decided to transform the Kura bed in a bunk bed for two, with several drawers and with a lineup that would allow to go up comfortably on the floor for sleeping or playing. The banks are high enough to be safe not only for sleeping but also to play (a small child can stand).
Materials: Sultan Lade bed base(Art.#: 600.797.88), Sultan Lade bed base(Art.# 758.446.09)
Description: Was recently making my daughter's MALM bed and spotted the bed slats. Wow! What fine pieces of pine, already cut to size and sanded smooth...hmmm...what can I fashion with those?!
Reclaimed pieced wood furniture seems to be all the rage these days. I have been admiring several pieces from different popular retail stores that I have tasked my husband to copy. (His specialty is "Rustic." :)
However; this baby is mine! Well, ok, he helped with the nail gun. And glue. He is a big fan of wood glue. In fact he tests all of his pieces by standing on them and bouncing. And he is a big guy! (6'3", 200 rocks) He claims that wood glue is the secret to a strong piece. :P
Remove fabric and staples from bed slats.
Finish slats desired color(s). I chose to use colors that would look good in my Mom's house, as I made this for her.
Arrange bed slats in desired configuration.
Glue and nail pieces together.
Add top trim(I used a 65" pine board stained to match.
Attach headboard to additional wood as supports attached to metal bed frame or attach to wall.
I used 20 of the queen slats on the front, 8 on the left, 8 on the right, and 2 on each edge front facing. I used 10 of the twin slats, 2 in the middle of the headboard and 2 down each side as trim. There are also 2 on each side in between the supports and larger front pieces. (See diagram) There are 3 wood supports in the back that the ends of each of piece are glued and nailed to. I nailed from the front because I did not have the right size nail to come in from the back but if I had it to do over I would get off my lazy bad word and go to the local hardware store.
All and all a very simple project as wood pieces are perfect size for queen headboard as they are from a queen bed frame. I had to do very few cuts and they were all simple and straight. The time consuming part for me was the finish work. I used several different stain and paint techniques in order to achieve the end result. However, if I were to use a consistent finish on each piece I estimate the entire project would take less than a weekend if you include drying time.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Materials: Jig Saw, 1 3/8" Forstner Bit, Drill, Patience
Description: My wife and I are in the middle of a DIY kitchen renovation. We ripped our soffits out and discovered one little issue, we had a pipe running through one of the soffits. Our solution? Build the soffit into the 39" cabinet.
Materials: Ikea Besta with Galant style combination lock
Description: Hello all, I am looking to purchasing a unit to use as a filing cabinet for my home office.
I need to put in a lock, the Galant system looks great, but the price tag is triple of Besta.
Does anyone have any suggestions, or previous hacks where they implemented the combination lock (Galant syle) into Besta cabinets?