Published on May 15th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Hackeas: Easy fixes

Jonas gets pretty
Paula adds her touch to the Jonas computer table, via the magic of a black Sharpie.

Laptop stand and desk unclutterer
Rick tips me on this laptop stand featured on Lifehacker. Moritzvd repurposed the Mackis CD storage drawer to run some cables and voila! it’s a laptop stand with organizer, desk declutter all in one.

See more of the laptop stand and organiser.

Disco light USB box
Handem hid an annoying LED lit USB connector underneath one of the tree part Risten boxes, to create a fun disco light USB box.

Fira cutlery holder
Lani lives in a small studio in Amsterdam. She says, “When I moved in, the studio was renovated, but the kitchen had still the original style; low counter top (my boyfriend used to do the dishes sitting on a chair), not many closets and no drawers to place cutlery. To add extra storage place, I placed an Ivar cabinet in my kitchen. During its assemble, I squeezed in a Fira drawer inside it for my cutlery. I did not have to use any glue or nails, it exactly fits!”

Save your rug
Laura recycled an old towel to replace the worn rubber backing on her old Ikea rug.

See more here.

Easy headboard
Gràcia, from Spain, says, “My dad, Santiago just hung an Ikea Vika Byske table top to work as our headboard. We gave it a coat of varnish and attached some Numerar legs to it since we were worried the wall wouldn’t be able to hold such a heavy table top. It’s a beautiful headboard, the perfect size for our mattress.”

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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".

5 Responses to Hackeas: Easy fixes

  1. DJinny says:

    Easy, easy…
    That sharpie design is sooo darn perfect!!!
    Not everyone can do this easily!!!!

  2. Ju says:

    Hi Paula, do you mind me asking if the black stencil artwork on the Jonas computer table was created from some of your own designs or from a particular stencil pattern (and if so are they available online by any chance)? They’re really beautiful :) I would love to be able to do something similar on some of my own furniture.

    many thanks!

  3. j.w.w. says:

    The Fira cutlery holder gave me inspiration for storing my own utensils and plates in a 5-drawer Fira (3 small drawers on top, two larger drawers below). The small drawers have more than enough room to store my forks, knives, and spoons. The bottom shelves store 4 Dinera 8″ plates and 4 – 10″ plates. Now I want to get the CD/DVD Fira chest to store small bowls and mugs too.

  4. I love painted furniture. The amoire with the birds, butterflies and vines is my favorite piece…so very delicate yet such a large piece of furniture.

  5. waywardmedic says:

    Hola Paula! All of that design with a simple Sharpie I’m impressed. I can only achieve stick figures with a ruler and even then they look crooked.

    Well done!

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