Pet Furniture

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Ikea Detolf Vivarium Hack

Materials: Detolf Glass Cabinet

Description: I wanted something smart for my 2 corn snakes to live in. I work for Ikea and my house currently has 90% Ikea furniture. So it was important it fitted in with the rest. Then one day it came to me.

I saw the Detolf display cabinet and thought I can hack this, so I did.

First thing was to build it. I left out the glass shelves and added a twin spot light also from Ikea. Sorry forgot the name of it. Got a detolf cabinet lock off ebay for it. Added some shelves made of wood and some decorations, then added a background which is stuck on from the back.

It gives them loads of room, a hot spot to sit in and cold for the bottom. It’s easy to clean and and most of all I can see my snakes plus visitors always have a look.

~ David Hooker, Southampton UK

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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".

8 Responses to Ikea Detolf Vivarium Hack

  1. Tom says:

    That’s pretty cool. Is it pretty sturdy? We had a 6 foot python in a 55 gallon aquarium and he kept escaping.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think this is brilliant and I wish I had thought of it. I have 3 corn snakes myself. One question I have is how did you solve the problem of air circulation?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nice vivarium buddy… But this is not appropriate for this snake… This snake need horizontal space…

  4. Anonymous says:

    This would be good for something like Asian Vine Snakes or another arboreal species. Corn snakes are terrestrial, meaning they dwell on the ground and dont climb much unless they need to.

  5. Anonymous says:

    what about for a 6 ft red tail boa?

    do the same just with double?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely not appropriate for this species.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very nice but you need to ad protection to the lamps, snakes tend to get to close and get burned.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome. Perfect for corn snakes who love to climb. Great hack :) You should add some plants.

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