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Published on August 15th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


kid’s chalk board table with storage

this is sara’s idea for a chalk board table and storage area for her daughter.

“we have 3 of those ikea bins holding toys and blankets in our daughter’s room. that was also the only spot we had for a kid’s table in our small house.

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so we got a couple benjamin stools (the bins fit underneath really well), and had a piece of birch plywood cut at our local lumberyard. we drilled 4 holes, and fastened the top to the stools with nuts and bolts. we painted one side with chalk board paint, and finished the other side (and the edges). when our daughter is bored with one side, we can flip it over. and it fits perfectly in her room.”

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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 kid’s chalk board table with storage

  1. Rob says:

    My definition of a hack- to change or improve something to a different use than originally concieved. So in that instance this is most definitely a hack. And a nice one at that!

  2. Anonymous says:

    All that say this is not a hack are WRONG!

    This is something Eric S. Raymonds said:
    “The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music — actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art.”

    Hackers solves problems and invent stuff, they ain’t only on a bloody computer.

    If you are defining a hacker as “A guy that hacked NASA” etc you are the person that have NO idea what a hacker is, “Hackers” that hack lets say NASA are Crackers NOT hackers!

    Another Quote from Erik S. Raymonds:
    “There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren’t. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn’t make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

    The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.”

    So technically a hacker can be anyone that make a new thing of already existing things!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Not only is this not a hack but isn’t this kind of expensive for what it is? You could probably something much cheaper.

  4. Ashlee says:

    Cool blog! I linked you in a post about Ikea.

  5. So your problem is the lack of ideas?
    Very clever to post the same comment three times… ;-)

  6. Anonymous says:

    Is this site getting Ikea hack starved?

    Seriously, how can 2 Benjamin stools and a sheet of birch plywood be considered a hack?

    That’s not a hack!

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