Hack of the Year

Published on January 2nd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Vote for the Hack of 2008

Ikeahacker had a bountiful year in 2008 and I received some really fabulous hacks. Continuing with tradition, I’ll shortlist 20 of my favourite hacks of the year. You guys can then vote for the one you think deserves to be called the hack of 2008.

Pinot and Dita’s fabric wall art
It’s only little cut outs of Ikea fabrics but the end result is gorgeous.

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Salad bowl speakers
This hack takes the humble Blanda Matt salad bowls way out of its territory and does it with aplomb too.

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Mirrored vanity
Jule turns a frowned-upon desk into a looker. Glamorous, even.

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Slim entryway table
Simple but works incredibly well for the space. And don’t you just love those shapely Fintorp legs?

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Elevated dog bowl stand
For 22 bucks, Brett and Melody’s dog bowl stand can stand up to more pricey branded ones.

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Spring Chick’s craft table
Four kitchen cabinets join forces to become one ginormous gorgeous craft table.

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Helmer, the 24 core Linux cluster
I still have no idea what this thing does but Lifehacker voted it the top mod for 2008. So it must be doing some thing right.

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Sliding countertop
Magda slides out extra countertop space when she needs it, slides it in when she doesn’t. There’s also a dedicated one for the coffee machine. Nice.

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Hi-gloss desk job
Jonas opted for a door instead when we wanted a super huge table.

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Barnslig USB drive
I like cute.

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Ramvik TV and music console
Control your TV, play music and games from the comfort of your coffee table.

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Dekad clock guitar amp
One of the more ingenious hacks of 2008. This alarm clock doesn’t just go ‘brrrrrrriiiinng’.

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Angie’s George Nelson-inspired jewelry cabinet
One of the best use of the Fira chest of drawers. Storing jewelry never looked better.

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Eugene’s compact banquette
In 2006, Andrew’s daybed turned banquette was the hack of the year. Will Eugene’s kitchen cabs turned banquette repeat history?

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Coffee table train
Steffen build his train set into the Vinninga coffee table. My nephews will love this.

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Fan cooled media cabinet
Ryan punches some holes in to the Lack shelving unit for some air.

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Fold down Ivar desk
This desk tucks in neatly behind sliding doors when not in used.

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Stolmen bike rack
Great way to store bikes. Great looking too.

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Bekvam sink
The kitchen cart becomes a bathroom sink pedestal.

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Kid’s art table
Chalkboard table with rolling paper dispenser, magnetic holder for markers.

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So what do you think? Get clicky clicky. Voting ends 15 Jan 2009.

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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".

11 Responses to Vote for the Hack of 2008

  1. Anonymous says:

    The art table doesn’t have a link to see how they did it unlike the others, that say “see more here.” Can someone please post?

  2. UB says:

    Sorry if this is old but I really liked the art table. I have it for my kids and they love it.


  3. Fan of the site I’ll link it tomorrow!
    Big Fun!

  4. Emily says:

    I love these!!!! It’s posted to the homepage of TheMotherhood.com so hopefully even more people will find you and vote!!!!

  5. Isabelle says:

    Aw. The USB drive is adorable, but do you really have to decapitate it? :) Perhaps you could just, like, open the mouth instead.

  6. elizabeth. says:

    I loved the floating Billys too!

    I’m voting for Spring Chick’s craft table, mainly because I am ridiculously jealous.

  7. Mari says:

    I had to vote for the salad bowl speakers because:
    a. they look beautiful
    b. I could actually make them!

  8. epdrama says:

    nice art =]

  9. Anders says:

    You missed my favourite: Floating Billy.

  10. Jane says:

    I am going to have to remember the coffee table/ train combo… would it work for a Brio train play space by day and an adult coffee table by night?

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