ikeahacker

Published on June 2nd, 2006 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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about me





hello! welcome to my blog on ikea hacks.

in may 2006, i did a google search on ikea hacks and saw that there were so many wonderful ideas floating in the www. how great it would be if i could find them all in one place, i thought.

3 seconds later.

a light bulb explodes in my brain and the rest, as they say, rolled out like swedish meatballs. it took me a few nights of sleepless html-ing but i’m happy i did. finally, i am of service to mankind. heh.

besides that, you may interested to know:

> jules is my alter-ego, named after the chair.

> ikea does not pay me to do this.

> i’m single. when hauling ikea flatpacks up to my apartment, i wish i had a man, any man. ;P

> i love decorating and living with creativity.

> i love red. and peanutbutter.

> i also love books. my all time favourite is tuesdays with morrie by mitch albom. i hope to live with as much joy and grace. i’m now working through why work is weird (jerry connor) and blink (malcolm gladwell). mind provoking stuff.

> travel is my other passion. last year i made a trip to australia’s great ocean road. i can still smell the sea. my companion of choice is the super-battery-saving canon powershot a70. i hope to upgrade to an a95 soon, mainly because it has a flip out rotating lcd screen.

> and yeah, i’m not all that good with the allen key. really.

i would love to hear from you and share your hack experience, please email me at ikeahacker [at] gmail [dot] com. i will get back to you. in the meantime, happy hacking.

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The Author

Jules IKEAHacker

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

47 Responses to about me

  1. Andrew says:

    keep up the good work. this site has HUGE potential.

  2. Baly says:

    I just today discovered your site. Instant obsession. I feel my crafty glands waking up again.

  3. B says:

    Hi there, i work at IKEA here in Oz and i love your website, its phenominal what a great product and a limitless imagination can acheive.
    All the best.

  4. hi! (excuse my poor english). I think yuor blog is FANTASTIC!!! I´m going to put it in my blog!!!!

  5. william says:

    Hi Jules, I just discovered your site thru apartmenttherapy.com yesterday! Bill in Southern California here, I am lucky enough to live less than 5 minutes away from the Costa Mesa Ikea, which is HUGE…. I've made friends with employees there, I'm always stopping in to see what's new, and especially to check the As-Is section, where I've saved THOUSANDS of dollars. I was always hoping for a site like this, since Ikea itself doesn't offer much in the way of ideas, other than what you visually see in the showrooms (thank goodness for cell-phone cameras). Anyways, just saying hi, and I'll be by often and post some of my own stuff if I find the time!

    Cheers….Bill

  6. stewanda@sbcglobal.net says:

    hi! i just spent a whole lot of time exploring your site…it is GREAT! but i was unable to find an answer to my question. can any one help me? can billy book cases be set up with out the back so the wall shows and also if you take out the back can you attach two together so that the depth is 22 instead of 11 inches? ..i can not tell from the cataloge how the backs are. thanks so much

  7. uoni@gmx.net says:

    hi stewanda!

    the back of the billy book case is a panel that’s approx 3-5 mm strong – but it’s a relevant part as it’s mainly there to stabilize the book case, so it’s maybe not a cery good idea to omit it when you’re assembling your billy.

    so if you want to get rid of it you’ll have to come up with another solution.

    you could e.g. use angle irons to both stabilize and connect the two book cases – you will even get those at the ikea service desk together with some nice white or grey covering :o )

    all the best from austria

    wolfgang

  8. Judit says:

    Yay! Congrats! and greetings from West-Sweden (nearest IKEA in Gothenburg)+ I have been to the IKEA in Stockholm…really biiiiiig!

  9. Stefan says:

    Hej, this is simply fantastic. We just moved into a huge flat under the roof – nowhere a 90° degree angle, so we where sure we’d have to get a carpenter build our stuff. This site opens a whole new world of options.
    Thanks a lot from Heidelberg.

  10. MY says:

    Hello Jules! This is a spectacular site! I’m glad you managed to endure those “few nights of sleepless html-ing” just for the sake of us blog readers. :) I found your site just by googling “ikea”. I’m not a ikea hacker but your site has been so tempting that one day I might just become one! Thx for making this a better world for us. *HUG* *HUG*

  11. Mackie says:

    lovely site. very inspirational :-D

  12. dann says:

    Hi,the website is supoib! I feel the need to create IKEA hacks since it takes 20-30 mins drive from KL to IKEA…thank you very much!

    Holla from Bangsar!

  13. *kel says:

    Extremely neat idea… if you love design you should check this blog out http://pan-dan.blogspot.com/. I spent half of my life in Malaysia so when I saw the article in NYTimes I thought I’d pop in. My blog is all about food in the cities I live in.

  14. capitolagirl says:

    You’re blog is really creative, I love your ideas!

  15. My husband works for IKEA at their new store in Portland, Oregon, US. I need a slipcover for my IKEA Varnamo couch, which is semi-destoyed (cats)

    IKEA doesn’t make one, and even http://www.bemz.com doesn’t have one for that couch.

    I really don’t want to spend $300+ for a new couch with having cats. It would cost that much or more based ion what I would buy, even with my IKEA employee discount.

  16. Bettina says:

    Dear Jules
    I am curating the exhibition Take Action! 83 ways to change the world! at the Museum of World Culture in Göteborg, Sweden.
    One section in the exhibition is about craftivism and design and we will show the ikea-hacker homepage on a mediastation.
    We would also like to show your logo on a display -and wonder if you could send us the logo in high resolution? That would be great!
    Please let me know. Thanks Clara

  17. Bettina says:

    Dear Jules
    You can mail us at studentresearcher1@varldskulturmuseet.se
    Thank`s
    Bettina and Clara

  18. Mari says:

    Hi, I found your blog via Sunset Magazine, which has a fabulous hack for a shadowbox end table and the author was thinking of submitting her hack to you. Anyway, it looks like she hasn’t submitted it, so here’s a link in case you’re curious.

    http://tinyurl.com/2vxmt9

    Great job on the blog, and what a fabulous idea!

  19. Alda says:

    Hi from Iceland. LOVE your site. Can’t wait to explore, and then put some of these ideas into practice.

  20. Totally random question…my family is Chinese-Malaysian living in the US, and we play a game called Siap (seap? se yap?) that's tiles with card suits on them and played like rummy. do you know anything about this game? no one in my family remembers how it's spelled and I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance!

  21. Totally random question…my family is Chinese-Malaysian living in the US, and we play a game called Siap (seap? se yap?) that's tiles with card suits on them and played like rummy. do you know anything about this game? no one in my family remembers how it's spelled and I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance!

  22. Totally random question…my family is Chinese-Malaysian living in the US, and we play a game called Siap (seap? se yap?) that's tiles with card suits on them and played like rummy. do you know anything about this game? no one in my family remembers how it's spelled and I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance!

  23. Totally random question…my family is Chinese-Malaysian living in the US, and we play a game called Siap (seap? se yap?) that's tiles with card suits on them and played like rummy. do you know anything about this game? no one in my family remembers how it's spelled and I can't find anything on google. Thanks in advance!

  24. Totally random question…my family is Chinese-Malaysian living in the US, and we play a game called Siap (seap? se yap?) that’s tiles with card suits on them and played like rummy. do you know anything about this game? no one in my family remembers how it’s spelled and I can’t find anything on google. Thanks in advance!

  25. Michael Woo says:

    lol jules! Saw your article in NST today! Congrats girl! :)

    Mine is the page across yours the small article under gobala’s lol..

    Didn’t know that you are an ikea fan as well…

    anyway superb site and all the best in your ventures

    hope to be friends! cheers!

  26. Mama22Beas says:

    I’ve been reading for many months, and this blog is the one of the first things I read daily.
    And today, I just got to know that it was initiated in Malaysia.
    So proud of you…now I know someone who camps out at Damansara as much (or maybe more) I do. Only thing is she is a lot more talented to start off with this blog.
    Good job…and I’m still figuring out to start off with my first hack…a kids kitchen out of gorm shelving units *sigh*

  27. Jules says:

    mama22beas, thanks for the kind words. we could have bumped into each other at ikea without knowing it. :) would love to see your hacks, when it happens.

  28. giudi says:

    great blog, great idea, great ideas…i’m ikea fan, my house is enterely ikea apart from the kitchen…I had a great idea for my wardrobe, and I’ll post it as soon as I can!

  29. Emilie says:

    I heard about your site from the NST. And I heard you got a review from the NYT. Congratulations! Another success made proud by a Malaysian. I love the ideas posted here!

  30. Just came across your site…and what a brillant idea! Love it!
    Just added it to my blog roll.
    http://beautyparler.blogspot.com/

  31. Siddiq says:

    where do you live

  32. Greetings from Thailand! Just found your beautiful blog from Google Blogs of Note, Congratulations!

    Sunny

  33. Jonathan says:

    hey there, can only say that you’ve struck gold with this blog! you’ve dug right into a previously undiscovered sub-culture and tapped the undercurrent in all its gushing glory. it takes real genius to do that. hats off all round and i just hope i’d thought of it first! :-)

  34. Habikinokika says:

    Hey Jules! I have been using the post on your blog for inspiration a lot – new flat ;) ! Needless to say it’s great! I hope you can also help out with the following: Among loads of other things, I got myself a Ringum carpet (big one, in red) and was happy about the purchase because I like round and red things! BUT: it sheds, a lot! And everywhere, no matter the distance… I got a 50sqm-flat and the little red fluffs are in every corner… Any ideas to stop it? I’m thinking about returning it, but I knda (!) cannot find the receipt… Also I actually like it and would rather keep it. Is there any home/chemical remedy to stop the “shedding”??? Maybe you can start a survey… ;)
    Cheerio,
    Marika.

  35. Anonymous says:

    hi i found this site few days ago and i must say “IT’S AMAZING” i like desing and I hope to be an architector and/or desinger in the future, so IKEA’s furniture help me to develope my ideas and your blogg too
    thankU

  36. What a fun site! THank you! this was recommended to me by an IKEA employee when I asked for help in altering a MALM bed. Would you know anyone in NYC who could help me switch a Malm King from longer than wider into wider than longer? (turning it 90°). There’s a hole drilled into the chipboard that would be cut off and needs to be re-drilled 4″ in… ok! many thanks! –christina

  37. luthien says:

    Hello Jules,
    you have an awesome site! i like the way you bring the ‘ikea family’ together :) to share and be inspired…I’m one of them :) you inspired me to come up with a site, blogging on my passion and hopefully sharing ideas with others of similar passion…painting, crafts and DIY… i must say i DIY with a lot with ikea stuff as well :) )) I’m now a follower of ikeahacker. i have also put a link to ikeahacker in my site. Keep up the good work and keep the inspirations coming in. oh… feel free to visit me at http://www.pimpandpaint.blogspot.com...
    hugs :) ))))

  38. Friedbeef says:

    Hi Jules – Brilliant Stuff!

    I didn’t know you were Malaysian… your site is absolutely fabulos :)

  39. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,
    Found your site thru a link and I’m hooked….Ikea is my 2nd home!! I love finding new ways to use things and your sit eis the biz..
    Here’s an idea 4 u….
    I have an ektorp corner settee originally in cream but now in funky purple(2 match my Docs!!)
    Easy to do with machine dyes-just takes quite a few of them but the end result is worth it…
    Keep up the good work..

  40. tonyb says:

    …I soooo love this site…why have I not seen it before now?! You rule for starting this site!

  41. I am from Italy and I loooooove your wonderful blog! I read it daily!

  42. Rumela says:

    Hey that is interesting. I also hold a second life account. However, I did not know much about the ikea hacks. Thanks for the information.

  43. j says:

    Great site! Thanks for sharing the ideas. Writing a feature about you on my blog. Feel free to check it out.

    A Constructed Reality

  44. your blog has been on my google reader list for quite some time, until i found out from New york times article that you are from Malaysia! Me too!

    All of these hacks has inspired me so much, hopefully one day I could come up with a hack of my own… :)

  45. Mok says:

    I just heard your radio interview at BFM. Keep up good work!

    I will visit regularly!

  46. Sarah says:

    Hi! I saw a mention of your site in Fresh Home mag, and I’m instantly hooked. Keep up the good work!

  47. Hi ikea, are you still single? hmmm,,, i don’t believe that hahahah.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Hi, this is your sis’s hubby SY from Singapore.

    Recently we bought a set of ikea outdoor furniture and it is lasting quite OK in the sun and rain, made of acacia wood slats over an metal frame, called “Kvarno”, the table with a metal plate in centre for hot pots. The chairs support the lower back and don’t poke the thighs.

    Birds love to bomb it and cats love to sleep on it, but as I said, it is lasting OK, maybe because acacia is known for durability from ancient times?

    Best wishes.

  49. H4736 says:

    I’m trying to find out the original Ikea price of my varnamo couch. I’ve looked on Ikea U.S., having trouble finding it.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I’m a student (designer) and I’m working about a D.I.Y.’ project..so I think this blog it’s a great idea to show the real design.

    my blog is http://www.thejasper84.wordpress.com

    see you

  51. Anonymous says:

    Hi Jules,

    Love the site but I am having troubles posting my creation. I followed all 4 steps but never see my hack. Is it because for step #4 i do not submit a site link?

    Regards,

    -Terry http://www.mixmasteryuen@yahoo.com

  52. Nutmeg girl says:

    Hi Jules,

    Just came across your site and must say I love the idea! Great inspiration, can’t wait to tweek something myself :)
    I mentioned your blog in one of my posts at
    http://nutmeggirl.blogspot.com/ , hope that’s okay!

    Best wishes!

  53. Anonymous says:

    I think it is wonderful site. I’m using it to jump start a new bed

  54. Anonymous says:

    I just discovered your site and already love it. I can’t wait to explore more. You should check out ReadyMade magazine. They love to hack Ikea stuff at ReadyMade.

  55. Mosaic says:

    this blog is really great, i love commenting on all the entries very informative and useful =)

  56. Baby Games says:

    I’m trying to find out the original Ikea price of my varnamo couch. I’ve looked on Ikea U.S., having trouble finding it.

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