hackeas laptopstand

Published on June 19th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Hackeas: Quick and cheap to the rescue

I’ve not done quickie hacks for a while, so here are a few to fill a spare hour.

The first two are from Quari.

Really, REALLY cheap laptop stand

“My laptop spends a lot of time on the kitchen table (googling measurements for recipes mostly – how many teaspoons in a quart?) So I wanted to put it on an angled stand for easier typing and to allow airflow to keep it cool in a hot Australian summer. Then I found the Lamplig trivet for $8.95. Taking one trivet and a couple of rubber furniture feet that cost about $2 for pack of 4 at any hardware shop, I now have an angled laptop stand in cool stainless steel that allows airflow around the whole underside of the laptop. I thought it might need some rubber or anti-slip stuff on some of the rungs but my Dell laptop seems to stay put by itself.”

Nifty narrow shelves for novels
“I wanted small deep shelves to keep novels in that wouldn’t take up too much space in a narrow hallway. As I rent my place I couldn’t affix anything to the walls so it had to be sturdy and self-supporting. Rather than the old planks and bricks option I got a few Lerberg cd shelves for $10 each, assembled them and turned them on their side. Instant novel bookcase that’s also really easy to move around and I can just add more shelving as I need it.”

Frame it anew
What to do when the frame is great but the picture is not what you’re looking for? Carl solves this easily.

original picture

“I recently noticed that my local Ikea (Ottawa, Canada) had a sale going on for the Erikslund (link points to currently available Erikslund pictures, can’t find this one) ‘By the sea picture’ at $4 CAD, that is an amazing price for the size and style of frame involved, but I am not too crazy about the actual pictures. You pop out the staples from behind, pull out the original poster board and affix your own pictures onto it with two sided tape. If you want a cleaner job you can add matting and use glue instead.

I used three pictures out of a Telus Mobility 2008 calendar to quickly see if my idea would work. It added a lot of color to the bathroom and I am happy with it.”

Line up your DVDs
Always wondered how some people have their DVD collection lined up in perfect rows?


Vitezslav lets us in on the secret – just stick a piece of cardboard as stopper.


See more of vitezslav’s dvd stopper.

Updated! February 25, 2009
Philips vinyl stopper

He says, “As any vinyl fan knows the Expedit bookcase is perfect for record storage. However, unless you have it completely against a wall, the records slide out of the back.

Some scrap MDF and  a few drywall screws later – problem solved!  I do recommend using the clamps and pre-drilling the MDF, you only get one shot at Ikea particle board!”

Sponge dryer
Wendy says, “This is not a fancy hack, more of a simple solution. I dislike the idea of a constantly wet/damp sponge. So I got myself a Blanken shower caddy and stuck it to the splash back of my kitchen sink. Now my sponges can dry out after I use them. I even keep the rubber plug in there ’cause water collects in the hollow underneath and then mildrew grows.



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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".

19 Responses to Hackeas: Quick and cheap to the rescue

  1. elizabeth says:

    I don’t know what the bird decal is, but this website


    has really interesting wall details that are similar!

  2. Love the cd/DVD stopper idea – am link loving it.

  3. what u want says:

    The Erikslund-Pictures are also an sale in austria.
    So i bought one and use it with my own photos
    see on flick

  4. I thought I was the only one using the trivet as a laptop stand…

  5. great post! i love to see quick and easy ideas. maybe for the laptop stand you could use corks instead of the rubber furniture feet stacked on one another? still gives the angle, and appropriate for a chef!

  6. Miss Laura says:

    I have that Erikslund frame and have wanted to integrate it with our new bathroom decor, but the current color scheme of the photos in it doesn’t coordinate…now that I know how to take it apart, problem solved! Thanks!

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  8. mak says:

    I knew “Vitezslav” is a czech name. go czech!

  9. jr says:

    Isn’t that the same bird design as on the Twitter site?

  10. souvenir kattunge says:

    I was just talking to my boyfriend about the banken shower caddy and he told me that it also prevents our cat from stealing the sponges from the sink.

  11. Jessie says:

    Vitezslav’s idea is so simple, yet so genius I can’t believe I never thought of it. I’m doing that for my book cases!

  12. LisaBe says:

    i want to know where the bird design on quari’s wall came from! how adorable is that?

  13. scmtngirl says:

    It’s also a good idea to nuke your sponges in the microwave once a day to kill germs and bacteria. I do it in the morning for 30 seconds before I leave for work so they can dry during the day and be clean when I come home.

  14. AussieBird says:

    I do a similar thing to the dvd stopper with my Billy bookcases. I use the inserts from tubes of wrapping paper or paper towels behind the books to keep them from going all the way back in the shelf – books need airflow around them. It doesn’t push novels right to the front but you could use multiple tubes if you needed.

    • S.c says:

      For smaller books , use partially used paper towel roll, the amount of thickness left on the roll depending on how fat you need it to be to push said books to the front,been using for years to keep people from placing little items on that ” available” spot on bookshelf due to laziness to put the item away somewhere

  15. I LOVE the idea for DVD alignment via a cardboard stopper; it’s such a simple and cheap solution!

    BTW, an alternative to the cheap laptop stand is Cool Feet by Bluelounge (Google it). You can find them for less than $10 at J&R (currently out of stock). I know they’re not a hackea, but they’re a cheap and simple solution.

  16. Anonymous says:

    ack, an angled keyboard is NOT easier or better for typing, it is very non-ergonmic. Angled keyboards are leftovers from typewriter days. The best keyboard for your wrists is flat or even angled back.

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