Published on January 28th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


An Effektiv island to cook, eat, work, play!

Louise came across Ikeahacker when she was looking for some tips on building a banquette. Then, wham! She realises that she has a hack of her own to share – a kitchen-island-room-divider-work-station. Phew! That was a mouthful.

She says, “I moved into a one bedroom apartment with an open concept kitchen-living room. I needed a place to eat and to work that wasn’t going to be really ugly if I had people over. I also wanted it to move around. The standard kitchen islands didn’t really seem to fit in in the living room. I found these pieces in the office section of Ikea. I started with the Effektiv base with castors and added two Effektiv low add on units. In the bottom one I put in the set of two drawers and fronts. I added an extra shelf to the top one. Then I used some 3M Command Strips to attach a Galant table top that is slightly larger to the unit (they stick well and eliminated the need for drilling). I drilled a 1/2″ hole in the back to let my cords out. I have now added a little ring from Lee Valley that makes the hole look more finished.

I bought two stools so that I can sit and eat or work. My pens, pencils and stationery stuff is in the top drawer. I have placemats and other things for entertaining in the larger bottom drawer. I have my printer in the open section, and my laptop gets tucked away on the shelf when I am not using it. Most of the time it is a divider between my kitchen and living room but I can push it up against the wall (computer side facing the wall) for a ‘bar’ when I have a party. I can also pull it over closer to the counter to have an extra ‘island’ for prep if I am doing a lot of cooking.

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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".

4 Responses to An Effektiv island to cook, eat, work, play!

  1. Ashley says:

    Couldn’t there be a better way to hide that cord?

  2. Robj98168 says:

    What a great solution to a problem! Bravo on your hack! Ingeniuos!

  3. Nu är det dags att kliva ut ur det digitala och in i det analoga.

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