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Published on June 2nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


ikeahacker is …


woohoo! roll out the swedish meatballs.

thank you, thank you, thank you for sticking around and supporting the site. seriously. your hacks, comments and emails have kept me going. please do forgive me if i have been slow in replying your mails or posting your hacks. the last few months have been challenging for me as i finally said goodbye to life in the agency.

it is a dream come true to be able to work from home. and this site has partly given me the freedom to blog and freelance full time. while the dream is sweet, living it out is another thing altogether. i am an absolute newbie at freelancing and it has been a steep walk up the learning curve these last 3 months.

but i am not complaining – nothing beats waking up and strolling 5 steps to my ‘office’. i do plan to start a new blog. it will be very different from ikeahacker and a lot of more personal, as i take stock of the lessons, trials and joys of working as a freelancer. hope to get it up by end july, if i don’t get too lazy sitting around in my jammies watching tv.

but what i am really interested to know after 2 years of running this site is … what do you think i can do to make ikeahacker better?

share your thoughts on one or all of the following:
> i think it would be great if i see more hacks on …
> ikeahacker can help me hack better if …
> this site will really rock if …

click on the comment link and let me hear ya. all ideas welcome, fire away.

More hacks on IKEAHackers.net

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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".

34 Responses to ikeahacker is …

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bigger pictures would be a huge plus!

  2. Lisa says:

    Hi Jules,

    I really love your blog! But I do have a suggestion, maybe you could inform the people who have send in a hack when they receive new comments, so they are aware of them and can reply. Then we could even learn more from each other. For the rest: congratulations on the second bday!


  3. Detected Corporated Consultant says:

    Nice blog and nice posting … thanks

  4. prue says:

    let it be said that incomplete sentences make reading far more difficult than lacking capital letters – don’t they, anon? ;)

    apart from that: great website, jules, can’t be too many hacks.

    detailed descriptions, hacks that can be done with tools available in an average household or one without a garage (spraypainting is horrible!) are always welcome.

    price information might be useful to give a rough idea of the total costs of a project, for example when it comes to glas cutting or cnc routing.

  5. Jules says:

    anon and penny, i was wondering when this would come up. :) ok, i will change my evil typing ways and start using the shift key.

  6. Penny says:

    May I please express my strong preference/hope/request for appropriate capital letters. You don’t need to post this as I am quite off topic but really, it is so much easier and more pleasant to read a paragraph when it’s got its capital letters. I know it’s easier to type…I know it’s modern…but still.

    Did this go through the first time? I’m jumped to enter the word verificaiton again. Sorry if you get it twice!

  7. Anonymous says:

    …. if you could use capitals.

  8. corsage says:


    I have been reading this blog for quite a while now, and I’m often inspired. Like some of the other suggesters, I would also like to see hacks that are easy and require less tools as I live in a small apartment. Also, it would be great visually if contributors could post prettier photos of the “end” results :) Maybe to take photos in natural lighting (if possible) or to dress it up with accessories. Just more visually appealing for this site.

    All the best, and you can be sure that I’ll continue to be back! Keep up the great work!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Ikea has very smart solutions to small apartments, to families with children…but some times I keep on asking myself why haven’t they started to sell X….e.g. white color MALM furniture, less transparent wardrobe running doors…etc…in the end you feel very lonely with your questioning…you don’t hear a word back from the store personnel. Ikea also does not have a suggestions mailbox…Couldn’t we try to make this blog an organized customers suggestions pool? Maybe they hear us…

  10. meJane says:

    I love ikea hacker, it is one of my favourite blogs. I like evil’s ideas too, but apart from more regular updates, I like it as it is now.

  11. M2JL says:

    Hey, for the redesign of your website, maybe you can run a contest to get ideas on how it could look like

  12. Jules says:

    evil tofu, great ideas. thanks.

    a space to bounce off ideas, there is always the forum . though i don’t run the forum (susan and the gang from ikeafans do a great job!) you could try posting there and see what you get.

  13. I am totally addicted to ikeahacker. Living in Paris, I have roche-bobois tastes but an ikea budget.

    Anyway, one of my biggest wishes is to see how people transform IKEA products into more formal-looking (vs trendy) furniture for a slightly older generation (!)nevertheless constricted by budget to wonderful IKEA design.

    Especially fabric solutions: slipcovers for sleep sofas and angle sofas, headboard or hidden storage, etc.

    Everything on your site is so inspiring, though! Thanks and happy bloggiversary. I just celebrated my 2 year anniversary as well.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Just to say i love ideas people give here and your web site , some idea for you is that to change maybe visual a litle bit try photoshop or some programs and deffinetly more Ikea hacks i cant wait to see more and more of them :D Best wishes to you

  15. tillytoo9 says:

    Similar to cloverdi’s suggestion, I’d like a place where I can post what I want and other readers/hackers can post ideas or similar projects. Right now I’m trying to make a bunk/loft bed for my daughter but I want it to be a bookshelf, bed, fort, and place to hang and store all her cool things. and she’s almost four. So yah, she doesn’t have a LOT of cool things but she thinks she does. And I’m aware of the safety issue- esp. with her…she’s adventure in a bottle. She’s used to a crib; still sleeps in one, loves it. So I’d love a place to bring this up and have others yell at me about safety, quick fixes, and alternative choices/uses etc.

  16. Evil Tofu says:

    > i think it would be great if i see more hacks on: how to use ikea piece to create expensive designer looks.
    > ikeahacker can help me hack better if it provides me more: shopping tips, money saving tips, and insider knowledge about buying from Ikea.
    > this site will really rock if: it never ends!

  17. Lisa says:

    i think it would be great if i see more hacks on …pet furniture! :)

  18. Jules says:

    hey everyone, thanks for the wishes, great suggestions and the wonderful ideas. boy, i feel so energised and am looking forward to putting some of them to work.

    as for posting frequency, i know i’ve been slack of late. but do hope to be back to posting at least once from Mon – Fri. weekends are my off days. :)

    i have been toying with web redesign but have nothing solid yet. don’t think my html skills will take me any further than this. ;P will definitely need professional help.

    i’ve run 2 contests so far. hope to launch one some time later this year.

  19. M2JL says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! IKEA hacker is a great site. I check it out on a regular bases.

    I agree with nothingistrue, it would be really cool to start IKEA hack contests (I would totally participate). For example chose a particular item and ask people to send their hacks.

    I also agree with Anonymous No 3. The site could benefit from a design makeover.

    Thanks for a great blog and keep up the good work.

  20. Anonymous says:

    At least one daily hack a day! Hate checking in to see same thing that I saw yesterday. More photos.

    Love this site! Congrats!

  21. nothingistrue says:

    Hook up with guest designers to provide featured IKEA hacks.

    Start some IKEA hack contests and find sponsors to give prizes for the best hacks.

    IKEA Hack video tutorials.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I think the site is brilliant. It gives me lots of ideas, and its great to see what other people can do with basic ikea items.
    Good luck with your new venture.


  23. Anonymous says:

    this site will really rock if you changed the design and the way the site is organized. (in other terms, it would be great if it could look more like a website and less like a personal blog). No offense. I still love IH ;)

  24. CloverDi says:

    I love seeing all of the hacks – it is very inspiring :-)
    But I would also love a section of Ikea hack thoughts…. “Here is what I would like to do – does anyone have any suggestions before I start??”
    Otherwise – LOVE the site, keep it coming!!

  25. Emma says:

    Congratulations on making it to 2 years. This has been one of my favorite blogs since I discovered it about a year ago. I’m subscribed and never miss a post. One of the things I would like to see is maybe more detailed instructions. For instance some of the hacks look like you need to be a carpenter or have a degree in engineering. So if occasionally someone elaborates on how they cut down the cabinet to fit in that space would be useful. But your site is great and even if you don’t change a thing it will still be great. Also congratulations on becoming a freelancer. I hope I’m there by my second year blogging. Best of luck.

  26. Ellen says:

    This site is a great inspiration! As someone without a lot of construction experience or tools, I’d like to see more hacks using very simple tools that people might have on hand. I’d REALLY love to hear more from people who live in rentals/apartments about how they paint/sand/whatever without a garage. No saws here, my friend! Just an apartment with boring corporate neutral carpet! I’d also like to see more creativity with the random bits of things found in the scratch-and-dent (not just large pieces, but those bits and bobs in the bins). I think it would also be great if, from time to time, people could weigh in on Ikea quality…which is regarded with suspicion by other half of my household. Thanks, and keep it up!

  27. Shlomit says:

    Happy birthday!
    I just love Ikea Hacker, it opened a whole new world of hacks for me. Thank you for that!
    I even run a bi-monthly digest in my Hebrew Ikea blog.
    What to change? the inscrutable & forum links should be bigger. Really, I only just recently found them and still learning how to profit from them. Ikea Hacking is really way to big for a blog, even though you’re of course doing an excellent job!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Post, post, post, more posts!! I can’t get enough. I’d love to see several hacks posted each day. Keep up the good work!

  29. ering says:

    Congrats on turning two! You may want to check out Skelliwag.org and ZenHabits.net which have lots of tips for being a successful freelancer / blogger. Good luck!

  30. Jillian says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I really love your site! And i’m glad you are open to suggestions, that shows that you are interested in improving which is always a good thing. I dont have any spectacular life changing suggestions, but I do like your posts where you show several different things surrounding either a specific ikea item, or a specific purpose. I think it helps get the creative juices flowing for others, to see the possibilities.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Ikea is great but sometimes a little slow on updates. Some weekend projects with howtos would be appreciated.

  32. Mackie says:

    no big ideas for the time being, just a big CONGRATS to you, Jules – both on the second birthday of ikeahacker and on going freelance.

  33. Brian says:

    Suggestion: Go troll the store every so often and post pics of items found that would make good “hack fodder.” Anything can be hacked, but some items just invite it more. The posts may inspire future hacks.

  34. Robj98168 says:

    Happy Blogday Jules! I am so glad I found Ikeahacker…it’s cool to know there are others that share my hobby! This site would really rock if it had a blogroll of peoples blogs who hack!Other than that I wouldn’t chnge a thing!

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