Published on September 18th, 2010 | by Jules IKEAHacker


Torked-out Ribba Backlit frame

Materials: 2x Torka bundles, 1x Dioder LED strip set, 2x 50x50x4.5cm – Ribba Frames, Two sided tape, White paint or gesso, An electric drill with ½ inch drill bit

Description: Our apartment needed two things 1.) we needed more light and 2.) we had a large amount of wall space we needed to fill. After going through the Ikea marketplace I came up with a solution to solve both our problems with one project and in looks unique and cool in the process.

To begin, remove the glass, the matte, and the back panel and tape together both the inside frame and the outer frame together to keep them secure. Next, drill thirteen holes evenly spaced and centered on one side of the frame being sure to go through both the outer frame and the inside frame. On the opposite side from where you drilled the holes place two strips of two sided tape and secure two of the four dioder bars connected together with the small short wire links that come with the set. Next Paint or gesso the brown back panel white and let it dry before you reassemble the frame with the glass, the matte, the inner frame.

After you have put the frame back together start placing the Torka through the holes on the top side of the frame. [Note.) before you do this the Torka sticks can be quite long and may need to be cut to size depending on how and where you want to place them in your living space.]

After you are satisfied with your torka design and placement. Now repeat the same steps with the second frame and then plug them in and your are set!

~ Michael Ferster, Calgary, Alberta

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38 Responses to Torked-out Ribba Backlit frame

  1. Enteryè says:

    Ohhh!!! Very nice!!! A different solution for the wall. Too original!

  2. Mel says:

    Fantastic! I love easy with big impact and this fits the bill perfectly. Thanks for the instructions too.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love it! The art is so creative, unique, and beautiful!

  4. tina_6500 says:

    Very cool and modern look!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have to agree with all the comments above!! Such a great(& Original!) idea, this has to be one of my favourite hacks to date!I Especially love the soft glow of the led lights :)

  6. Michael says:

    Wow! I wasn’t expecting a response like this! Thanks for all the kind words and enthusiasm.

  7. Blonde says:

    what a fantastic idea! Love it – and perhaps will copy it ;)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Best hack I’ve seen on here. Original and artistic…a lot of the hacks are a decent looking way to fill a pressing need…but yours is a stunning work of art.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS IDEA!!! Thank you and a HACK well done!

  10. nycitysky says:

    Where did the inspiration come from? Really great idea! Energetic.

  11. Heidi says:

    this is probably the most beautiful hack I’ve ever seen – AND useful. We rent a basement apartment, and we’re always looking for ways to make it look bright for tenants.

    http://www.dealextreme.com sells light components too, and ships free worldwide (i use them a lot)! sweet.

  12. ms.pooh says:

    all i can say is …WWOOWW..u are an excellent hacker…

  13. Anonymous says:

    This looks realy awsome! Is there some option to operate the lights on batteries to only have it glow and not use as a real light source? Probably LED as well but most i was able to find where not batterie powered or only had few hours of batterie life…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Very stylish

  15. Lucretius says:

    Amazing! Thank for sharing this wonderful idea

  16. Alam says:

    love it and seem so simple to do

  17. Jessica says:

    Beautiful! What a great idea.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Very nice I love this idea!!! Is there anyway to do this so that you don’t have to run wires down the wall or have to drill into the wall to wire it?

  19. JeffW says:

    Simply stunning. I have the perfect spot for something like this. I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend. Awesome work!

  20. lisa oram says:

    This is very clever. I mentioned it on my blog today.

  21. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Good Job! I like it.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Have built this today, looks pretty cool. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

  23. Anonymous says:

    very Creative ! really like the Idea

  24. Snille says:

    I just loved this Idea and built me a pair as well. I put them i our stairway. You can check out the result here: http://www.snille.net/index.php?displayalbumpage=pix/gallery/2011-01-13%20-%20IKEA-Hack%20-%20Tavla

    Thank you Michael for this great idea!

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’m actually trying to do this right now. But I don´t understand… The backpanel, how do i get it to stuck? Do I misunderstand something? Cause the backpanel isn’t stuck next to the glass and the white paper, is it? The “torka” are between the glass and the backpanel, right? Hmm… Maybe I’m tired… :)

  26. i absolutely LOVE this!

  27. So creative. I love it so much but don’t know how to copy it :( (

  28. Rob says:

    just did this hack last night. I used the Dioder color changing light strips to add a little extra. They also have the option to cycle thru all the colors which is always a plus. I love the way they came out. In my living room with all the lights off, the LEDS are so bright they project onto the ceiling to add a little something more. If I can figure out how to post pictures on this website I will do it soon.

  29. This looks awesome! I tried this hack, but gave it A LOT more color.

    Check out my version: http://bcmatthews.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-ikea-hack-lighted-wall-art.html

  30. Very good. We will try it in our new flat ;-)

  31. surya says:

    wooow…. I was very imaginative to make my room more beautiful

  32. Lori says:

    Love love love this. I’m so making these

  33. Tracy says:

    Hi, could this hack be used to frame mounted film cells? If you frame these cells in normal frames then you can’t view the cells themselves. Do you think this backlit frame would solve this issue??

  34. Cheryl says:

    This project was so perfect for my bedroom, I have been searching for inspiration on what to put above my bed and when I saw this I knew immediately this was it! Thank you for posting this hack! Here is a link to mine that I made today, http://www.cherylshtuff.blogspot.com. It is tagged DIY.

  35. Hannah says:

    I copied this hack shortly after the original post was made (I used the color-changing Dioder). It’s been with me since my first apartment and is now hanging in the living room of my first house. I still get compliments on the piece all the time and no one can believe I made it! I love it as much as day one. Go buy the stuff and make this hack right now!!

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