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Published on April 5th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


ivar wardrobe

money, or rather, the lack of it, often leads to neat hack ideas. here’s one from laura and fiancee, marco, using the ivar system.

“on june 2005 my fiancee and i moved in our new house, sold almost every piece of furniture we had and started fresh, obviously with a lot of help from ikea.

we have a nice dressing room and the ikea’s options for furnishing it (pax or stolmen system) were way too expensive. so my fiancée had this idea: why not use ivar, probably the cheapest line of ikea furniture ever made … with a little hacking? :)

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for every “shelving” unit we used the following:

marco says the main problem was making holes in the shelves. but in the end, the result is very practical, convenient and cheap. a good alternative if you don’t want to spend a fortune on your wardrobe.”

link. (site in italian)

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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 ivar wardrobe

  1. Anonymous says:

    it would be nice to have doors … anyone?

  2. Karen says:

    I have 2 Ivar units in my bedroom (room is quite large but has small almost useless closets). I just use the regular shelves for storage but on the front of the 2 Ivars I attached the inexpensive white Roman window blinds that Ikea sells for about $5 or $6.

    In my living room I have an entertainment center that looks like an Ikea piece but it’s from a store I used to work in, in 1986. This unit has lots of open shelving and the TV and stereo sit on top. It’s about 5.5 feet long and almost waist-high. I took an Ikea cotton curtain, turned it on its side, cut it to fit the front of the unit. Ran wire through the side hem of the curtain (which is now on top). Attached it to the front of the entertainment unit with tiny screw-in hooks screwed onto the underside of the top shelf. Hides all my movies and CDs and the curtain is thin enough that the remote control worked on my old VCR and webtv thing I had on the shelves.

  3. Ted says:

    A few years back Ikea sold clothes rail add-ons for Ivar. They even had recycled cardboard doors and sides to complete the Ivar “wardrobe”, Guess they didn’t sell?

  4. Marco says:

    @Melissa: I’m happy that our idea might have helped you :)

  5. c says:

    i made one of these too, except used a GRUNDTAL rail for the clothes rail.

    took the deepest, widest, tallest side units and made a huge wardrobe for my bf and i.

  6. Melissa says:

    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for – my husband and I just bought a house and I’ve been struggling with a closet system solution. The Pax system is just too expensive and all the non-Ikea MDF systems are just too expensive and unattractive.

    As I was reading this post, I remembered that my parents are giving us an Ivar system they’re not using, so we’ll be saving a TON of $$$. Thank you so much!

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