Published on January 10th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Camera flash soft box

Materials: Ikea Komplement collapsable fabrix box

This is a small softbox i made using a fold-able ‘Komplement’ box from Ikea. The box comes in various sizes. The one i used is about 20x20cm in size. (I cannot find the box in the webshop, but Kompement is a storage series, and this box is normally used for organizing socks and underwear)

I simply cut a hole in the side, the size of the flash – leaving ‘flaps’ to support the flash. Using a cord on the flash, you can place the flash and box close to the subject. The flash lights up the cream-white box and creates a warm and soft light useable for portrait- and macro-shots.

When not used, you open the zipper in the botton of the box, and it collapses flat, to fit in your camera bag.

See more of the flash soft box.

~ Thomas, Denmark

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13 Responses to Camera flash soft box

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  2. Dierk Haasis says:

    You cannot find it online because this set is called SKUBB.

  3. JB says:

    Excellent !!!!
    I’m a strobist photographer and the ideas is excellent !!!!
    I’ll try this solution as soon as the Ikea will open near my location :)


  4. Great idea! I have this one at home and am not really using it much. Was looking at making a softbox for some hobby photos. Will try it out.

  5. Kim Schulz says:

    I did a similar hack but made a photo light tent out of IKEA things instead. Price < $25US including spotlights.
    Photos, description and first testshots available here:

  6. Dusan says:

    Missing some “made by” portraits.. Anyway, nice article.

  7. Join Avon says:

    Thanks, this idea is great.

  8. Mike Mu says:

    That’s so awesome! I really appreciate this tip as I’m always looking for ‘soft-boxes’ of different types and sizes.


  9. I’d say from looking at the Ikea website that this is the Skubb, not the Komplement, the Komplement is much thicker.

    At least its cheaper (about £14) than the Komplement


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  10. The Others says:

    Omg (:

    You rock on this one !!!

    I sell them EVERYDAY never think about making a softbox of it ^^

    it’s Skubb idd, we sell them per 6 for 7.99€ in Belgium. ^^

    I’m pretty sure with a bigger one you can do it too if you put Aluminum on the back … DAM full idea now lol ^^ nice hack !

  11. Anonymous says:

    This dude makes a pretty nice diffuser out of an IKEA drawermat: http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Gary-Fong-Lightsphere/ I love these camera hacks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Could it be from the Skubb series?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Looking at the pictures on your blog the light turns out very nice! Thanks for that lots-of-money-saving hack!

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