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Published on February 3rd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Hack your office cube?

That’s right. Why limit Ikea hacking to your home? Bring it to the drab, grey corporate world too. Maria, a graphic designer, needed to surround herself with inspiration, so she took it to task with a few Ikea tablecloths.

She says, “Real simple so the pictures pretty much explain themselves. I really needed something to spice up my cube when my company decided to move us into 6×6 cubes. As a graphic designer in a corporate world, I really needed something to keep me inspired. Not staring at plain cube walls all day really helps me get through the day much faster. It really doesn’t feel like a cube at all now.

The walls are covered in a picnic table cover (not found on website) I bought for 99 cents or something ridiculous like that at Ikea. Then added a few touches to make it more like home. The lamp, vase, mirror, clock, blanket and monitor stand are also from Ikea.

I have to say this cost me very little and had a very big impact.”

View more of Maria’s cube makeover.

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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".

19 Responses to Hack your office cube?

  1. Anonymous says:

    Seriously ?

  2. Lau says:

    It looks great, you had a brilliant idea improoving your place of work

  3. Hogers says:

    Am I the only one that feels like they would get a migraine working in that cube?

  4. epdrama says:

    nice!! i would refer this to my ex colleagues

  5. Yoga says:

    nice design…i like it…
    add my web please!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Oh, outstanding!
    I just hope your company doesn’t get infected with that “5S” disease and they make you take it all down.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! Is the monitor stand also a hack?

  8. spidercrunch says:

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  9. Marleen says:

    Or photograph what’s beyond the cubicle and use it as a desktop, then you’ll have a window!

  10. Tepid Halibut says:

    I like it ! But with mischief on my mind, why not scan the (physical) wall paper and use it as a (PC Desktop) wall paper. It would make the two monitor look like empty frames, and would be bound to confuse the other drones.

  11. waywardmedic says:

    It almost makes me wish I was back working in a cubicle…almost. Honestly if I still were I would try to get this approved by my boss. It looks definitely more cheery than the regular drab gray on gray of those cubicle.


  12. Awesome Sara says:

    Where have you been all my life??? I love you IKEA hacker!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wow! What a great response to bland.

    Reminds me of the time back in the 80s when our corporate offices were redone in pink and grey… the fitout designers were heard to express absolute horror when the staff started to move in their nicknacks and potplants ..

  14. sara says:

    T-pins are your friend for mounting fabric/paper/plastic to fabric cube walls.

  15. Ruthie says:


  16. Anonymous says:

    I have to know how you got that fabric to stay on your cubicle walls! I work in an office with beige carpet, beige walls, and beige cubicles, it’s terible. I’d love something like this!


  17. I LOVE IT! :)

    Especially that wallpaper at the back. I’m linking to this.

    Fabulously Broke in the City

    Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver.

  18. Anonymous says:

    this is great! how did you attach the tablecloth to the wall?

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