Hack of the Year 1-hoty 2013

Published on January 18th, 2014 | by Jules Yap


Vote for the Hack of the Year 2013!

1-hoty 2013

Hey there all you beautiful people, the Hack of the Year (HOTY) poll is back!

It’s been a wonderful year for IKEAHackers with over a thousand hacks posted. 2013 was also the year I added an “Ideas” category for stuff that are simpler and not quite hacky. Which only means, there is not just one prize to giveaway but two. Hurrah!

First, let’s have the hacks category. (Ideas Of  The Year will be posted tomorrow.) I’ve chosen these 10 for their genius application of IKEA products, innovation and execution. In short, they work, look good and oh yes, makes my heart miss a beat.

Here’s are my top 10 favourite hacks of 2013 (in no particular order). Which one is yours? Vote for it at the end of this post.

The Expedit bar with sliding countertop

Expedit Bar

This bar features a movable counter that slides open to reveal the liquid goodies and an ice bin. Raise our glass to a very intoxicating hack indeed. See it.

The Broder wire table

Broder table

It seems Broder metal shelves works really well as a table top too. Beautifully pair with glulam wood frame. See it

Noresund railings

Noresund fence

This was definitely one of the “slap-forehead-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” hacks of 2013. The Noresund bed frame makes great outdoor railings too. See it.

The Trofast Amazinganza

Trofast studio

Who would have thought the humble Trofast toy storage box could turn out to be so spectacular – as storage shelves and lightboxes?  See it.

The Book-Bed love affair

Billy Murphy Bed

I’ve always been fascinated by “Murphy” kind of beds and I love books. This hack marries it perfectly with the Fjellse bed and Billy bookcase. See it.

Sleek entertainment

Tarva ice chest

Precision is the word for this hack, especially for the media lover. Sleek and shows only the stuff you want to see, no ugly visible cable lines here. See it.

Spicing it up

Hidden spice rack

Do you have one too many bottles around your cooking area? Seriously, this should come standard with all IKEA kitchens. Little bottles of spices hidden away with a tug. See it.

Dolled up

Doll furniture

I couldn’t resist it. Too cute. See it.

Malm console-dining table in one

Expandable Malm console dining table

I love double-duty furniture and this one does it so well. Close it up and it’s a console. Open it up and it seats 6 down (or maybe 10, if your troop is really skinny) for a meal. See it.

Laiva hideaway

Laiva utility cabinet

A superbly executed hack to slide away all your cleaning-horribilis. It took two sets of Laiva bookcase and a whole lot of ingenuity to come up with this utility drawer. See it.

That’s my top 10. Which should take the HOTY 2013 title? Tell me by clicking below.

Voting ends 26 January 2014 at 11.59pm (EST time).

And now … the prizes.


I am very happy to announce that PrettyPegs will be sponsoring the HOTY 2013 prize. The winner will receive a set of shoes for furniture worth up to $120.

With PrettyPegs you’re no longer stuck with clunky Capita legs! Prettypegs lets you add character, color and uniqueness to your sofa, chair, bed or storage furniture. Anything that needs a pretty lift.  Think of it as new fabulous shoes for your furniture!

Here are a few of their sexy heels for your IKEA.


Visit PrettyPegs.

Spice drawer under cooktop
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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".

13 Responses to Vote for the Hack of the Year 2013!

  1. Beth Burns says:

    Ditto. Same reason I went with the bar over the trofast array.

  2. Rob Fortier says:

    Have to agree with ^^^. The Trofast is a cool and crazy and creative, but the bar is master hackmanship. It looks like a professionally designed piece of custom furniture, and one that I could actually have in my own home.

  3. Life is Good says:

    I was hoping to get to vote for that awesome nursery rocking chair by Interoir by Kenz that was posted in 2013. I thought that was pure genius!!

    Great line-up

  4. Letitia says:

    the Journalist system, very versatile, durable and still on trend!

    • brenda brenda says:

      but discontinued right? I live in W. Canada and have the desk on casters with the white tower closet attached to it. Want an Alberta buyer, actually. Moving and can’t take it with me. Guess I can put it on Kijiji which is popular here. Any other Journalist fans out there?

  5. Rasmus Malver says:

    I like the ideas behind the Broder table and the Noresund railings, but both products have been discontinued. Which lead me to an idea for a post, Jules: Products we’ve lost this year.

    Perhaps with a poll: Which will you miss the most?

    For me it’s the Diska dishwashing brush [img]. I really loved them.

  6. Rosandra Rosandra says:

    Thank you Jules for choosing my hack

  7. Dots says:

    Wow, slim pickings this year.

  8. lerusisik says:

    and where is the decoupaged Smycka clock? where is Löva elf outfit? they both are the best hack ever

  9. Smart Dad says:

    I love Trofast studio!

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