Lighting IKEAhall

Published on April 29th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


hackeas: ideas that make you go ‘why didn’t i think of that!’

this hackea post is about quick and snappy repurposing. no big hack but neat ideas nonetheless.

slim solutions for narrow hallways
paula has a long narrow hallway that needed some lighting and storage. here’s what she did.

she says, “i had a long narrow hallway with 2 wall sconces. i was looking for a low profile lighting sconce and found these lock ceiling lamps. i painted the white bases with gold spray paint and wall mounted them. for the opposite wall i bought 2 three packs of trones shoe storage and mounted them side by side. the books are held by invisible bookshelves from the whitney museum.
IKEAhall Sconces

simple clothes hanger
paul repurposes a shelf bracket for his shirts. he says, “the short story behind this is that a while ago i had a rather large ikea wardrobe that took up quite a bit of visual as well and physical space. because it was a bit aesthetically jarring i was looking for other smaller and simpler options. i looked at a lot of the clothes storage systems at ikea but couldn’t find anything minimalistic enough. when i was walking through the store one day (perversely not buying just looking!) …. i saw the slinga shelf bracket and thought it would make a good hanging rail for the clothes. a few screws and wall plugs later and voila. it’s been completely stable and frees up a lot more visual space while hanging the same amount of clothes as previously.”

summer lovin’ place mats
andrea uses place mats instead of table cloths for camping. she says, “this past summer my vinyl camping table cloth wore out and i couldn’t find a replacement that i liked. while in the as-is area at ikea, i found a bin loaded with place mats (possibly from the amulett or hurra range), shrink-wrapped in sets of four for like 95 cents. they are made of a stiff plastic-like material.

i bought a package to use on the picnic table when camping until i found a table cloth. as it turns out, i like them better for camping than table cloths or those floppy vinyl place mats you can get at other stores.

they clip into place with a table cloth clip (the silver piece each one has on it in the photos). as you see in the photos, i can re-position them on the table as i need them, so it isn’t a big deal that they don’t cover the whole table. it’s much easier to clean the back side than a table cloth. they are much more durable and they look sooo much nicer than a red-checked table cloth (which i’m not crazy about).”

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Jules Yap

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10 Responses to hackeas: ideas that make you go ‘why didn’t i think of that!’

  1. hifive says:

    yes, yes…all good ideas with the stress, but did anyone notice the slight curve on the inside of the hanging rail just above the hangers – if the hook was hung upside down instead then the hangers would slide down this curve and gather at the front end of the slope…

    that would be the only thing from preventing me flipping that thing too.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It needs to be flipped. Trust me….I’m a structural engineer…yeah, seriously!

  3. Faye says:

    hey, i LOVE the clothes hanging idea. very nice. BUT I have to agree with Tim, on the balancing stress etc. But for the other reason of hiding the piece sticking out. its still a cool idea, but more pleasing to the eye without the “leftover” piece just pointing up there. But still very nice. I am gonna steal it :) thanks

  4. Tony Chang says:

    miss shine: Yes, that’s the travel edition of Settlers of Catan. I have one myself too! =)

  5. Paul says:


    I’m the guy who did the shelf bracket clothes rail hack. I’ve been reading the comments with interest and can’t really decide which is correct (i.e. which way up it should be)! I must admit though that when I put it up I didn’t really think about it. I can say that in the 2 years this has been up it’s been stable. Although we do have some good walls here which may have helped. Unfortunately I’m going to move out in a week but maybe I can try the alternative orientation when I get to my new place.

  6. tim jenkins says:

    I still think it’d be better flipped

    when i steal this hack (and i’m totally going to) i’m going to flip it…

    again – right now the only thing holding the bracket is the screws, and the force of gravity is pulling against the bar that they are affixed to

    by flipping it, gravity would actually be pusing the bar into what it is affixed to, adding a level of security and support for the screws…

  7. No, he’s right-the way it’s hung is the best way to share the stress. If you were to pull down on the bottom bar the top edge would pull away from the wall, so that is where you need the support.

  8. Kathyoke says:

    Yeh, you mean turn the bracket the other way up to relieve the stress on the screws.

  9. tim jenkins says:

    I feel like paul should flip his hack, doesn’t this seem like it would be putting the bulk of the stress on the screws when by flipping it you’d be using the extended bottom part to share the stress?

    that paragraph probably doesn’t make sense, but if you think about how the weight pulls on where the stuff is affixed to the wall, you’d want to have the extension using the mount, rather than weighing on it

  10. Miss Shine says:


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