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Published on November 17th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


A little light reading in bed

If you’re the type who does a little reading in bed before turning in, this hack from Carter does the trick. And all for $30. Not bad indeed.

Carter says, “This hack uses a $7.99 Minde Mirror, and two $3.99 Morker table lamps from Ikea to make a beautiful framed mirror with reading lamps, perfect for over the bed.

In addition to the items from Ikea I used 1×4 wood tongue and groove boards to make the frame, angle irons to hold the frame together, 7/16′ bolts for the lights, tape for the cords, wood stain, polyurethane finish, and various screws and hanging hardware.

Simply cut the boards with 45 degree angles to size to make the frame around the mirror. Make sure the groove side is on the inside of the frame. Connect 3 sides together using the angle irons. Slide the mirror into the groove then attach the fourth side. Next, I stained and finished the wood. Be sure to cover the mirror while doing this. Once dry, drill holes where you want the lights to go and screw the lights on with the bolts. Tape the cords to the back of the mirror and frame so they hang down closer to the center. Finally, attach hanging hardware and hang on the wall.

Ikea has framed mirrors similar to this without lights that they sell for between $50 and $150. This was done with lights for less than $30.”

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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".

7 Responses to A little light reading in bed

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not bad… but what shocks the h*** out of me is that the minde mirror is $7.99 in the US and $29.99 in Canada. Seriously, what’s up there?

  2. A. & J. says:

    interesting. I see what they did there.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, the wires are a bit noticeable but overall it’s a great idea and looks fine — the addition of some type of headboard to cover most of the cables and complete the overall picture would make it fabulous. How about a padded or button-tufted type of headboard so it’s comfie for leaning against whilst reading? Nice hack, it’s given me some ideas for later!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Agreed, the current placement is odd. Cover the wires with a headboard. And use better looking lamps. That plastic cheapens the whole affect.

  5. Anonymous says:

    nice idea, but all I can see is those wires hanging down! You have wires hanging down where a headboard should be.

    I would either bring the mirror down closer to the bed (where a headboard should be) or get a headboard. The current placement looks awkward.

  6. Ashley says:

    I love the framed mirror, but it is very ugly with those cables hanging down.

  7. niceguy says:

    Nice article.Keep it writing.Cheers.

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