Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


The bachelor’s living room

Materials: Expedit shelves, Solsta stool, Ribba photo shelves, Kottebo boxes

Description: Here is my living room setup using some of the wonderful ideas from IKEAhackers. My girlfriend says that our apartment looks like a bachelor’s house so that was the inspiration for the title.

The project is simple: the 2×2 and 2×4 EXPEDIT shelves sit on 12cm legs, and the 1×5 shelf is mounted horizontally on the wall using the metallic mounting bracket included in the package (is holding just fine).

Under the horizontal shelf I put 3 SOLSTA stools that are great for guests and small parties. In one of the boxes I fitted the HUTTEN wine rack just by cutting 1cm from the top of each leg. The rest I decorated with the cool boxes from the KOTTEBO colection. Above I used two 110cm RIBBA photo shelves with different frames and different small baskets and bowls for potpurri and scented candles. The “biblio-bar” on the left is a really cool hack that I’ve seen on the webpage and I’ve reproduced with great success.

~ Marius, Bucharest

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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".

4 Responses to The bachelor’s living room

  1. Jazmine says:

    I really like the floating 1×5 shelf with the additional seating out of the way. In an apartment it’s hard to have spare seating without making the place look cluttered- I absolutely love this solution.

    Great job!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like the idea here but not the execution. You say you got a lot of ideas from IKEAhackers and I can see that… unfortunately it looks like you put several ideas together in a relatively small space so everything looks cluttered.

    You could probably solve that simply by spreading out the knick knacks and photos though.

    • Anonymous says:

      true! i just finished puting the shelves together and all the junk that i had it went there unorganised. I need a few more boxes to make some of the things there disapear…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love the wine rack insert…..may copy that but paint it white (to match my shelves)

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