Kitchen ordning

Published on March 1st, 2007 | by Jules Yap


ordning cutlery caddy lamp

the ikea ordning cutlery caddy is an ikea item begging to be refashioned as a lamp. and jonas holmkvist aka zark was just the person to reveal its inner shine.

“i was at ikea a while ago to buy some stuff. one of the things i thought about buying was a lamp to hang in the kitchen window. i didn’t find a lamp that would fit my kitchen so i walked further to buy some other stuff instead. just when i reached the kitchen department i happened to see the containers for cutlery and got an “Ernst Kirchsteiger*” revelation: ‘i’ll build my own lamp!’


the cutlery stand happened to have a hole perfectly drilled in the middle of the bottom. it would have been enough to just pull the chord to the lamp through this hole and it would have been finished. but to be sure i drilled the hole to about 10 mm before i pulled the chord through…..” link.

*Ernst Kirchsteiger: smooth-talking, suntanned, barefoot embodiment of the swedish new man. while he’s famously in touch with his feminine side, the presenter of TV home makeover shows Nya Rum and Sommartorpet is equally at home with a power saw as he is with a sewing machine.

[bjorn, thanks for the translation!]

Updated! February 25, 2009
Bill’s Ordning ceiling lamp


He says, “We happened to already have 12V cable lighting, thus no need to hack one of Ikea’s cable systems. However, it would be trivially easy to do.

As proactive as Ikea is with energy efficient lighting, I saw no sign that they offer low voltage LED or CFL fixtures, which is a shame. 12V MR16 (standard) CFL and, even, LED lamps are available at Home Depot these days. Quite common.

And the 12V cable lighting systems are extremely hackable. It is low-voltage and low-wattage, thus pretty darned safe. And IKEA provides about a zillion different random objects that can be safely turned lamp shades/fixtures when coupled with a relatively cool CFL or LED lamp.”

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Jules Yap

"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".

6 Responses to ordning cutlery caddy lamp

  1. two words: black cord!

  2. Zark says:

    “Under the skirt” there is an ordinary 25watt light bulb which gives a nice and soft light in the window. If I was going to use this design as a lamp over a table I agree that it would be lonely. In that case I think I would use some kind of wooden frame to spread out a couple of lamps.


  3. gillo says:

    Funny, a while ago i made two lamps for my kitchen using the Ordning colander. Because they were attached to the ceiling (with an adapter), I had to use lightbulbs with the silver top.

  4. randall says:

    Nice Job…but it looks so lonely.
    What about clustering about 8 of em- at random heights…almost like the “Droog” milk bottle(s) fixture.
    PS: I didn’t notice/”check under her skirt”….- are you using the Envir. Correct Flourescent bulb from IKEA as well?

  5. Nigel says:

    I had the same thought on seeing those caddies on a trip to Ikea – in fact I have two of them sitting around in my basement waiting fot me to operate on them. I seem to remember encountering problems drilling through the base. Have to revisit the project to see what the problems were.


  6. Justine says:

    You are a genius! You should apply at Ikea to work with them! cappero5

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