Hack of the Year

Published on January 5th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


It’s here again! Vote for your favourite hack of 2009

After the last 2 years of listing 20 favourite hacks, I’ve noticed that votes concentrated on around 10 hacks while the rest received minimal votes. So with much reluctance I decided to trim my fat list down to 10, again. A shorter list was much harder to do than I thought. It was a delight going through all the entries in 2009 but agonising in having to omit some really good hacks. Probably, your favourite is missing in the list too. Do drop a comment if your favourite is unlisted. I’d like to know your pick.

And with that, here goes my 10 personal favourites (in no particular order). You guys vote to decide who takes the cake as the Ikea Hack of 2009.

Crafty pod with sewing machine
Two Billy bookcases makes one great craft pod. Closes to hide the full shebang of crafty things. Opens up to reveal loads of storage and even space of a sewing machine.

See Liz’s craft pod.

Philip and Cat’s shoe room 
The ladies (and some lads, me think) went wild oogling Cat’s shoe room. While not in the league of the likes of Imelda but for us hackers, it’s plenty of storage.

See more of Philip and Cat’s shoe room.

iMac computer desk
Combine Apple coolness with Ikea hacking and what do you get? Ta-dah.

See more of Gerard’s iMac computer desk.

Besta Makeup Armoire
I think this is amazing. No clutter, no mess and it actually adds big pluses to the place.

See more of Scott’s makeup armoire.

Hamster haven 
Expedit makes great hamster homes. Lots of space to run, dig and be merry.

See more of Martina’s hamster home.

Expedit room divider
The Expedit also makes an impressive room divider. What’s most fantastic about this room divider is its flow. Yeah, we’re talking chi, baby. John added just the right curves to the Expedit and turned it from square to sexy.

See more of John’s room divider.

The heated Poang
I like the concept of seatheating in an Ikea armchair. Definitely one of the freshest Ikea hacks I’ve seen this year. The idea of heated seats may not be new but as far as hacks go, it’s new ground.

See more of Nico’s hot seat.

One flew over the chicken coop
This is one hack that totally took me by surprise. Never have I imagined Ikea being used as homes for chicken. Turns out the stuff from Sweden is not just good for us humans but pretty swanky for chicks too.

See more of Aaron and Corrine’s home for chicks.

Rocking Emmabo
I loved this the moment I saw it. I looks way, way better than the plasticky-what-have-you cover that comes with it. Ikea should come up with this for 2010 Summer. Seriously.

See more of Alex’s Emmabo deck chair.

Hidden wall cabinet
If Anthony didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t have guessed that a medicine cabinet is cleverly hidden behind the wooden frame hacked from a Nexus cabinet door. Simply gorgeous and so simple.

See more of Anthony’s Nexus wall cabinet.

So here are the finalists on parade. What’s your pick?

Which is your favourite hack of the year?(survey software)

Gorm bed hack
Dishy jewelry plate

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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".

25 Responses to It’s here again! Vote for your favourite hack of 2009

  1. Love some of these ikea hacks, they look great, i love the mac hack, it actually looks like it was created by apple

  2. Manuka Honey says:

    Great post! Very impressive.

  3. I wish I found your wonderful site years ago, I would have been delighted to vote though it would have been a very, very tough choice! I love this site!

  4. apron says:

    Pretty good post.so creative and clean rooms and cabinet.

  5. Manuka Honey says:

    Brilliant, just the right level, thanks.

  6. I am deeply in love with every single piece of information you post here

  7. Michael says:

    nice post..

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ikea currently has one room-divider for sale and it’s not as cool or practical as this one.

    [email protected]

  9. daniel john says:

    I think I like the iMac shelf the best but it’s not very hackish given that the things are used almost exactly as intended.
    Term Paper

  10. Diane says:

    Has to be the chicken coop – OK I’m a bit biased since I love chickens.

  11. Tina says:

    Hamster haven! Simply great!
    Shows how you can house a hamster species-appropriate and make the cage a real looker! :-)

  12. Christopher says:

    Hard to choose. I think I like the iMac shelf the best but it’s not very hackish given that the things are used almost exactly as intended. So I went for the room divider since more original parts and design work was required. Tough choice though.

  13. SurprisingWoman says:

    I really love the chicken coop. It would look great in my yard. I might have to visit Ikea!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I pick the Nexus wall cabinet. It’s brilliant to have a medicine cabinet hidden behind the wooden frame hacked from a Nexus cabinet door and it’s quite an easy DIY weekend project too! I like it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    That Emmabo deck chair is amazing. I voted for it because the design is gorgeous, he recycled something that was to be thrown out and it’s actually better than the original. Fantastic.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I had to choose the chicken coup because it’s an amazing build. The iMac desk would look awesome in my house, though…

  17. John says:

    I loved all of them in above pictures. I will choose Imac as my favourate hack. Thanks for sharing such a nice ideas about home decor.

  18. Jules says:

    Maureen, it will not register your vote if you have already voted. The IP address and cookies are tracked and blocked. Even if you do vote again, from the same computer that is, it will show you the message that “Your vote is counted” and will not add your vote to the count.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Things to do with animals or kids often win. The turtle thing won in 2007 and I think the kiddy thing won last year. It’s more a contest about what the cutest hack is rather than the best.

  20. maureen winter says:

    Despite having cookies enabled this poll asks me to vote everytime I visit.

    Should this be happening?

  21. Anonymous says:

    The giant hamster cage is winning? Seriously?

  22. Anonymous says:

    What?!? No Sunnan Synth on the list???
    That was the greatest Ikeahack ever, period!!!

  23. Andrew says:

    Expedit room divider with Hamster Haven a very close second!

  24. DJinny says:

    So darn tough to pick only one!!!! I picked the imac cause it applied to me most, but gosh! What about the cleverness of the Emmabo chair!! The gorgeousness of the Hamster haven.. The style of the divider… Huhhh! You Hackers are my heros! My soul bros and sis!!!

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