Hack of the Year

Published on January 15th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


The best hack of 2010: Your vote needed

It’s time again to select the best of the best. I had a really good time looking through the year’s archive and reliving the hacks I received over the course of 12 months. Some were brilliant, and I agree, some were borderline hacks. Nevertheless, thank you for sharing your hacks with me, whether they made it to the site or not.

Now on to the good stuff – my list of 10 favourites. It was a tough list to make. But after weighing them over and over, I’ve finally nailed my 10. And here they are, in no particular order.

The designguy’s Pax room divider













This was a clear favourite the moment it was posted. A studio turned into a 1 bedroom with the clever use of the Pax sliding doors. But it’s not just the construction but the lovely styling and how everything just fits. Plus, love the Reservoir Dogs mural.

See more.

The bedroom dress boys












G.V.M. wowed us with this simple construct. Plain jane Bertil chairs were sawed and nested against the wall. Simple yet striking. Useful and beautiful at the same time.

See more.

The one-legged lamp











One of the most innovative things I’ve seen done to the leg of a Lack side table. I like how the light rises like a flame and the textile electrical cord completes the torch imagery. I wish Charles would have covered the messy electrical socket, which is such a distraction to an otherwise awesome hack.

See more.


The ultimate twin high chair






Cuteness aside, this is genius. Very innovative use of the BJURSTA dining table to hold two toddlers. And the best thing is, when adults need to eat, the holes can be covered.

See more.

The best BESTA TV unit












Jerome went all the way when it came to finding a fit for his TV. It took a lot of work and precision but just look at it – it is worth every minute he spent on it. The TV appears seamless with the BESTA unit, as if IKEA made the tube box. What I like? The amount of detail that goes into this. This is hack love.

See more.

The spring back bankers’ chair






This also received plenty of raves. Andrew salvaged 4 laminate bent IKEA legs and two seats from antique banker’s chairs and out came this beauty. I love the form of this springy little thing, which looks like it is ever ready to lovingly hug my back. A perfect example that hacks need not be ugly.

See more.

Kelley’s glam VIKA desk






Kelley’s table top is a piece of art – lovingly burnt to bring up the wood grain. While I’ve seem many desks and work tops, this one does it for me. Elegance, without going over the top.

See more.

Torked out Ribba backlit frame






Simple to do, but what an impression it makes. Michael gives us this wall decor that gives ambient light and makes plain walls exciting.

See more.


Benno headboard and room divider






I like this headboard from Jake, as it was the first hack I saw using plants as a headboard and a room divider. It was also great use of the Benno DVD tower. The plants also give out oxygen at night. Brilliant.

See more.

The Lack lounger














Another one from Charles of the One Legged Lamp. This time a bench made entirely out of Lack coffee tables. Love the eye-popping colour and the ingenuity of a Lack coffee table sandwich that became a bench.

See more.

Which deserves to the IKEA Hack of 2010? This is your chance to tell us. Vote below.

Voting will end 26 January 2011 at midnight (EST time).

And to sweeten the deal, the Best Hack of the Year will win two of Jonathan Adler’s latest books, Happy Chic Accessorizing and Happy Chic Colours.

So start voting!


New year, new look!
$22 Diy Mirror

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".

17 Responses to The best hack of 2010: Your vote needed

  1. Kanmani says:

    Nice post :)

  2. Kamal says:

    Thanks for the post !

  3. Yes indeed – I’ve just added a picture of the delonghi esam3300 magnifica espresso machine entrance, which sadly is often blocked by delivery vans. Just look for it at the corner of Howard Street and Howard Lane!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The designguy’s Pax room divider is my favourite.

  5. Troon North real estate says:

    I love every selections you have here. These pieces are top of the line. They’re an inspiration.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It would be great if this website didn’t open a new tab/window for every you click. Very annoying.

    I’d browse it more if this feature was removed.

  7. Jules says:

    Karen, the results are here.

  8. karen.j.cosme says:

    okay, so i missed the poll. what’s the verdict?

  9. karen.j.cosme says:

    wow! some of these are just TOO good, yet complex. i’m going to vote for the most ORIGINAL, generic, and easily accessible – torked out ribba backlit frame.

  10. Wow – recently referred to this website by my sister in law – awesome! Really hard to decide – everything is good for different reasons! So i voted based on which hack i would actually try at my place. Good luck to all the hackers.

  11. Katherine says:

    Oh man. I am disappointed my pop-up IKEA house didn’t make the cut….. Still, you have a nice selection of hacks here.

  12. Penny says:

    I guess I need to brew up another cup of coffee on my keurig b60 coffee maker and take another look around the house. These are some really interesting concepts… like the 2 chairs and the lamp with the cord around it… but not in my home!


  13. tina_6500 says:

    btw: the link to the 09 hack of the year nominees is broken (from the “09″ icon on the right – leads to the 08 hacks of the year nominees).

  14. It is clearly the bedroom dress boys, this hack is genius, easy and has made it into our bedroom as well: http://twitpic.com/3llc8y

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you read the actual post, you would see that the person used one of 3 nocturnal oxygen producing plants for the headboard.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Just a comment about your comment about the plants in the Benno headboard roomddivider givibg out oxygen at night. This is not correct. Plants actually use oxygen at night producing carbondioxide since there is no sunlight.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Back to Top ↑