Published on August 22nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


House of the Week lights up with Ikea

You may think that Ikea does not feature often in designer homes, think again. Take a peek into Chris and Linda’s magazine-perfect home and see how Ikea hangs comfortably with the best of them.

Chris says, “Ikea is throughout our new Seattle-area home, the House of the Week in the 2/3/08 edition of Pacific NW Magazine. We have an attached granny unit with a kitchen and bath totally in Ikea cabinets, dining lamp in same unit, a Varde-cabinet laundry room, stainless steel cabinet handles and stainless steel shelves in main kitchen and wet bar, 36 linear feet Pax built-ins (and two chest-of-drawers) in the walk-through master closet, stainless steel cabinet pulls in another bath and media room, a pendant light in the media room, a full-wall perforated metal shelf / computer workstation in the den / guest room, and a mirror and two wall lights in the powder room.

The big ‘hack’, though, is the way that six track lighting systems are installed in five rooms of the house. Rather than spending $40 per articulated rod for the 20 rods ($800) needed to suspend the tracks from the sloping ceilings, I showed the electricians the Ikea stainless steel Deka curtain-wire system and gave them directions on how to adapt it to suspend the tracks. It took 33 of these ‘kits’ at $4.00 each ($132) for the job.

It wasn’t just a matter of cost savings. Our industrial-modern house has a lot of design elements and didn’t need the addition of 20 black rods in the overhead space. The curtain-wires are nearly invisible . . . the tracks seem to float in space. We will soon use the same components to suspend glass shelves in a display cabinet in the entry.”

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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".

8 Responses to House of the Week lights up with Ikea

  1. Mosaic says:

    perfect arrangement. good work.

  2. Megan says:

    I love how the track is suspended, it’s a brilliant idea. I have a ton of those curtain lines that I was going to use for something else but never have. Thanks for the great idea!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It seems really odd to me to put ikea furniture throughout a house that looks like it cost a gazillion dollars.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Yet another grotesque example of criminal excess. I’m sure the owners are proud.

  5. tikiranch says:

    What are the lights in the closet?

  6. This is proving that IKEA store is just outstanding as usual !!

  7. Matthias says:

    Very very nice house. I can only dream of a place like this. I love the tool chest hack in the kitchen. I almost bought the same unit for the breakfast nook in the kitchen of an apartment I lived in. Nice to see that someone else had the same idea. (I ended up buying the Ikea Varde base cabinet instead.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this is incredible! What a gorgeous home. I may copy your kitchen.

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