seating Foto-00362

Published on October 26th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


it’s a wrap for the oddvar

simon has a small ikea hack, as he terms it, to share with us.

“last month, we bought an oddvar chair (can’t find the link on ikea’s website). to improve the look, we bought an asian newspaper and wrapped it around the pieces of the chair using paste before assembling it. finally, we used ‘thick’ varnish to protect the newspaper and make the chair washable.”

More hacks on

pax wardrobes to organise your entire office
skinny shoe storage that holds 36 pairs

The Author

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".

13 Responses to it’s a wrap for the oddvar

  1. Anonymous says:

    LOVE this!

  2. Kenn says:

    It’s very interesting.

    In Taiwan, we are used to decorate something with English newspaper to make it more unique. In the opposite, you decorate your chair with Chinese newspaper to make yours unique.

    I think people all over the world
    always want to chase something different.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This must have been the inspiration for Monty Python: Sit on my face and tell me that you love me, I’ll sit on your face and tell you I love you too.

    I love this hack, if I had the space Id copy your idea right away …

  4. Renata says:

    So that’s essentially decoupage, right? I love the idea, but I would probably do it with magazine pages and cut outs in color, maybe some bold graphic images, rather than newspaper. even asian newspaper like that just looks like you had to wrap the chair for moving, or something. if you put a portrait on the seat, you could make all kinds of political statements… “go sit on cheney” (or your not-favorite political leader of choice) lol.

  5. krysalia says:

    hi ! i love the idea of asian newspaper.

    instead of the thick varnish, you can use some white glue ( vinylic white glue for wood, most have no bad chemicals, which is a plus).

    you can find this glue in a craft store, but i would suggest to buy it in a store where you can by raw materials such as wood, screws, paint for the house and things like that. You’ll have the same amount of glue, the exact same glue, for a third of the price than in the craft store. actually when i bought mine it was 3€ for 500ml, instead of 11€ / 450ml in the craft store.

    this kind of glue is used just with a brush, under AND ON the paper. You brush some glue on the surface, put the paper, and brush the wrinkles away ON the paper with some more glue. (it’s totally transparent when it’s dry).

    it dries in 30mn , and after one day of complete dryness the object is washable.

    if you don’t add water to the glue, it has a nearly shiny finish, also the harder finish but you need a lot of glue. if you add 1/3 water, the glue will extend easier with the same finish, but not as thick.

    with 1/2 water, you’ll have a nice satin finish.

    i really prefer this to the combo “glue first, varnish after”, because it requires to come back again and again with a lot of varnish and to wait a lot in between, to have a thick cover. with this glue, one passage and it’s done neatly.

    (sorry for my bad english :) )

  6. Anonymous says:

    nice – especially as I am just thinking about what to do about my old&ugly but very practical hifi rack (not ikea) – i had been thinking about painting it, but sticking something to it actually seems a much better idea…. so, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Jay Cam says:

    lol wow i wouldnt have thougth of that!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Interesting idea. Just curious, what is it about Asian (usually Chinese) papers that people love so much, especially for covering home goods? Why not use your local paper?

  9. Matthias H says:

    Looks very nice. I wonder though how the color will hold up. Newspaper turns yellow with exposure to light.

  10. Timtom says:

    This is brilliant! And very pretty…

  11. skissman says:

    Sweet- my daughter would love this. I’ll have to remember this idea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑