Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Description: I crochet a lampshade cover for the SKIMRA I bought at Ikea many years ago. See how it brightens up a room after putting on a new dress?
1.Measure the Skimra lampshade's dimension.
2. Make a crochet swatch of 4" x 4" with the yarn or fabric strips of your choice. Count the numbers of stitches and rows of the swatch.
Materials: Two Fejka plants
Description: I took one Ikea Fejka-plant to use as the tree trunk of the bonsai, and leaves from an another Ikea Fejka plant. I bent the branches some and set it into a different pot. I used hotglue to attach the branches with leaves, and some dark gravel to fill the pot.
~ Satu Tarsaranta, Tampere, Finland
Materials: Sultan Luröy, Grundtal - S hook
Description: Remove one plank (easy to do without tools, just pull. Then hang it on the door. Place the hooks where ever you like, and I placed in my case jewelry, but can imagine that other things, like bags, skarfs, etc. also looks cool on it! Simple, practical and nice to see! At last, but not least: remove the sticker.
~ Henriëtte v. Steeg, Ermelo, Netherlands
Materials: Expedit, misc. shelves, mini amplifier, misc. speaker units
Description: I wanted to get a very discrete stereo system in our dining area. I have a Logitech Squeezebox radio that I wanted to use as source, but the small speaker in it doesn't go a long way.. At first I thought of connecting a pair of PC speakers and hide them inside the Expedit, but I really wanted to get a full and deep sound that I wouldn't get from most PC speakers or iPod docking stations etc.
Then I got the idea to make the Expedit itself into a speaker.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Materials: Ikea ANNO AMORF and Ikea ANNO STRA
Description: We moved into an amazing work/live loft a few months ago, and we just about love everything about this place. Except one thing. The ugly white internet box smack dab in the middle of our living space with conduit going all the way up to the ceiling. Being renters, we couldn't do anything to move it.
It was such an eyesore that we started to brainstorm ways to hide it, while keeping the box and light switches accessible. Covering it with artwork just wasn't functional, and not much could be done to hide the pipe going up to the ceiling. We finally decided on hanging a single large piece of fabric, but weren't in love with the idea of a graphic print for our space.
Materials: Orgel Pendant Lamp Shade
Description: Purchased track lighting rail from Lowe's and made a custom electrical splice in box that connects cord to 110V rail. I dropped the Hemma cord down and used twist tie to adjust length to create a custom lighting set over dining room table. Used with dimmer switch, the lights dim down to create a intimate dinner setting. The table can be adjusted to seat 4 or lengthened to seat 10. Table was also purchased at Ikea.
Materials: VIKA ANNEFORS x2, White Emulsion Paint, Glue (Double-sided Adhesive Tape or Instant Grab Adhesive)
Description: We needed somewhere to store our sofa's fleece blankets and my wife's collection of magazines and newspapers. We already had a white BESTA JAGRA TV Bench so I wanted a similar looking piece of furniture to put behind the sofa. Upon visiting our local IKEA store I spotted the VIKA ANNEFORS.
Materials: IKEA FANTASTISK napkin holder
Description: When at work and at home I use my Macbook air with an external monitor mouse and keyboard. What I really wanted was a BookArc from Twelve South but I would need to get two of them and at $39 a piece I figured I could come up with something.
Materials: SKUBB laundry hampers x 2
Description: 2 white laundry hampers were used to create a large photo light box.
Place the hampers together so that the lids will be facing towards each other. The hamper nearest you will be the front hamper.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Materials: Ikea LACK side table
Description: This started out as an idea to turn an Ikea LACK Side table into a planter. But once I cut a hole in my LACK I realized there are a whole bunch of other things I could do with it. The best thing is that if you get bored with the way it looks you can change it up to match your mood or the seasons.
Materials: PAX wardrobes
Description: I love how functional and flexible the IKEA PAX units are, but I don't like the look of having a big wardrobe sitting in my bedroom. I do however love the look of custom built-ins, so using the PAX as the foundation pieces, I built two shallower cabinets which I attached to either side, then I trimmed the whole thing out, with gables, friezes, toe kicks and wrapped it in baseboard and crown moulding to make it match the original mill work in the house.
Materials: IKEA Regolit Lamp, small and big paper muffin liners,a pair of scissors, glue
Description: I was a little bit bored by our Regolit Lamp, so I changed it a little bit.
First you have to cut the sides until the bottom of the Paper Muffin Liners.
After this you have to turn the paper muffin liners inside out and glue some of the smaller paper muffin liners into the bigger one.
Materials: Lack Shelves
Description: Husband and I wanted a modern looking entry way table but were unable to find anything we both liked. So we decided to Hack a LACK!
You will need:
8 L-Brackets with screws
4 LACK Shelves Length: 74 3/4 "
This is a pretty straight forward hack. We positioned shelves 7 inches from both top and bottom. Used L-Brackets to secure. You may use additional brackets to secure hack to wall. We have wood floors and it is pretty sturdy.
So far so good!
~ Mari and Hastings Huggins, Orlando, FL
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Materials: Klubbo (Nest of 3) Tables
Description: We'd bought an Ikea set of tables a few years ago. They served us well, even surviving our first daughter and her drawing / painting / play-doh / doll mash-ups. Over time the veneer cracked, and edging started to peel away. The tables' futures were sealed...
We needed new tables but i'd also been reading a lot about recycled timbers, particularly local Australian native hardwoods. These woods have beautiful colours, are very high quality and unique. Moreover, if you can locate a specialist native timber recycling yard, you are doing your bit to repurpose rather than always 'buy new'.
Materials: One Lack Shelf, Four small casters, Approx. 24 inches of 1x3, One drawer pull & Liquid Nails
Description: My husband and I sit face to face at a double sided workstation. We both use the same desktop iMac and needed a way to share it, without having to trade sides of the desk, or drag it across the table. We wanted a wall mounted arm, but when I saw the price I nearly dropped dead ($350!!!) This was my solution using the LACK shelf.
Materials: BJÖRKUDDEN Table Table
Description: I was looking for an elegant solution to hold my Cisco gear for my CCNA certification. I stumbled upon the BJÖRKUDDEN Table which I can stain to my tastes.
However, it is about 4 times too large. After resizing it to 17.5", I added rails to slide in my Cisco gear.
~ Darren, United Kingdom
Materials: PAX wardrobe, wooden board and prop
Description: Put into the bath eight wood prop to support the weight of your new wardrobe, a wood board (2 cm) to cover your bathtub. Mount the pax wardrobe on it. You don't need to take out the idric system, the depth of the wardrobe let you leave it without hydraulic work.
I used a pax wardrobe Vikedal 200 x 150 x 50 with hinged doors mirror glass
~ Antonio Veronese, Vicenza Italy
Materials: Ikea Lack Wall Shelves
Description: 1. Bought several Lack wall shelves of 110cm and 30cm, a mixture of white and birch colours.
2. We configured them in a mostly random manner which after a few iterations started to resemble a tree and so it's now our tree of (LACK of) knowledge!
3. Depending on the size of your wall, this tree can definitely grow with your accumulation of books. Each Lack piece can be individually replaced as well so no need to replace an entire bookshelf if one area is damaged.
~ Kenneth and Huiwen, Singapore
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Materials: FNISS, HEMMA, drill, saw, utility knife
Description: We have a three-season porch attached to our garage that needed a new lighting solution. We have lots of IKEA in our house, so that's naturally the first place I looked.
The porch has a few electrical outlets on the ceiling, so I was looking for some sort of pendant light, and knew that HEMMA would probably be involved. Sadly, most of the paper lanters seemed too delicate to withstand the extreme temperature and humidity [Minnesota] fluctuations. The solution seemed to be to use a plastic shade, but sadly, there didn't seem to be one that provided the look and function that I was looking for...
Materials: Capita 11cm Article number: 200.545.63
Description: I saw the headset stand made here on Ikeahackers, and wanted to make one for wall mount instead.
I just took the Capita saw some of the metal away, painted it black and good to go!
~ Daniel Bachmann Mikalsen, Norway, Vestfold
Materials: Storm floor lamp
Description: I had an old Storm Floor Lamp with broken support. For months I've thought what type of light should be in my living room till, browsing on Ikeahackers, I found my inspiration... I used only the paper part of the lamp, fixing it to the ceiling with two rounded anchors. Ten minutes and 0,50€!
~ Pasquale, Brindisi - Italy
Materials: Expedit 5x5 (1), Expedit 1x5 (6), Inreda shelf (2), Lack coffee table (1), Lack 1x4 shelving unit (1), plastic shelf supports, acoustical cloth, table saw, drill, glue
Description: Our family room is quite long, but not wide enough to accommodate additional chairs without the room becoming too overcrowded. Our wish list for this room was extensive: a place to permanently house the TV components, stereo, hide the TV wiring, book shelf for storage/display and additional seating for larger family gatherings. The impossible dream .... could one piece of furniture meet all these needs, and of course, not break the bank. We already had th e Expedit 5x5 shelving unit, and during a visit to a friend's place, noticed the Expedit 1x5 shelving unit placed horizontally on the floor was the same height as a stool. This was the AHA moment..... an Ikea hack of Expedit units to fulfill all our needs!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Materials: Nordmyra chair, wallpaper, spray adhesive, knife
Description: I found a Nordmyra chair in the clearance section that had been scratched on the seat. Nothing a little camouflage can't fix! I cut pieces of leftover wallpaper to size for the seat and back, and used spray adhesive and then covered in a glaze just to make sure the edges don't fray. Love it!
See more of the Nordmyra chair camouflage.
Materials: Faktum cabinets, Rubrik/Nexus sides and doors
Description: My idea was to create a professional looking kitchen using stainless steel and wood.
I hacked the angular corner base cabinet in order to fit to a double sink.
No carousel inside, empty space for a dustbin and cleaning products.
Description: Does anybody have an idea how to make this table from IKEA parts? I like the table and would love to have a similar, so if somebody have an idea, please send it to me. Many thanks in advance.
~ Charlie, Sweden
Materials: IKEA Forså lamp, Branches, Wood Sealer+Paint, c:a 5cm slotted rod (of c:a 4mm diameter), Lamp Lead+bulb, Rope, Something heavy, Drill, Hand saw
Description: The main idea of this IKEA Forså work lamp hack is to detach the bendy Lamp Arm from the heavy Lamp Base, and to make use of these bits together with branches to make 2 new hacked lamps (using only 1 IKEA Forså Lamp)...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Materials: Ikea PS Maskros Pendant lamp / Custom Pantone Chips / Hot Glue Gun
Description: We are always looking for unique items that can excite and personalize our studio, and this lamp is a perfect canvas.
This project was super fun, but we also faced some challenges. It was important to get the right proportion throughout the piece, as a whole. Based on how each spindle is spaced, the shapes of the solid rectangle chips would overlap at the top and bottom of the lamp. Our preference was to have equal distance between each chip.
Materials: Drill, screwdriver
Description: This one is a relatively simple hack with a stylish final product. My wife and I were planning on using a Varde kitchen island in our kitchen, and decided on a four-door Varde base cabinet, which didn't come with a counter top.
Materials: IKEA Kitchen
Description: Because of my height, we wanted a kitchen higher than IKEA allows. Secondly, we wanted it to be proportionate to the space, and we didn't want too many cabinets. So we came up with a design that was:
- 100 cm high
- 90 cm deep
- 420 cm wide
Materials: Artur trestles and a bespoke table top (DIY store); Both beech.
Description: I took two Artur trestles and mounted them cross-over.
To do so I cut out the pieces of the L-shaped wood in the lower (not moveable) part of the tresle that was in the way of fitting the 4 parts into each other (Artur pic no. 1) to form a cross (Artur pic no. 2).
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Materials: IVAR shelving units
Description: We wanted to build a library in the short part of our L-shaped living room. We decided to build storage space in the lower part (for which we used the IVAR units that are 50 cm deep) and build bookshelves on top that (30 cm deep).
Materials: EXPEDIT + 1 board + metal reinforcement + fixing material
Description: How to build a cheap console (less than 200 euros including 85 euro Ikea furniture) to put
- one video projector
- one multimedia amplifier
- two surround speakers
- one STB
- two video-game consoles
with three constraints:
- no visible wire
- wallpaper behind should still be visible
- people should say "it doesn't fall"?
Materials: VÄCKIS clock, pre-made frames or scrap wood, glue, stain
Description: Add a wood frame to the VÄCKIS for a modern/mid-century/rustic mantle clock. I lucked out and found some chunky pre-made, stain-ready pine frames but this can easily be made with some scrap wood. I added some little gray stick on foam pads to keep the clock snug in the opening and glued two frames together for the appropriate depth.
Materials: One Spoka light, one Magasin cutlery holder, one Arduino, one LCD, 2 speakers and some other electric stuff.
Description: This is the Spoka Box ver 2.0. Turn your Spoka light into a useful butler. Programme it to wake up its master gently, turning on a soft light some minutes before the alarm time. It is also upgradable with much more usable functionalities in the near future.