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Published on May 23rd, 2014 | by Jantar Dandová


Little kitchen expands into living room + three minor hacks


Materials: Besta cabinet, Faktum kitchen, Numerar countertop

We moved into a new flat and wanted to use our previous Faktum kitchen. The trouble was that it simply couldn’t fit into the smaller place (or I would have to live without a dishwasher – which was not a possibility). So we decided to go with the trend and join the living room area with kitchen. And this is the result.


We discovered that IKEA doesn’t sell Faktum in this black wood design any more, so we used stainless steel decor for components that we didn’t have. Which looks really good plus kids can use it as a magnetic board!


We bought Besta cabinet, joined it with Faktum under the Numerar countertop and remodeled it to hide the computer and media. To prevent the computer from overheating, we drilled few holes into the cabinet and attached the fans onto the holes to ensure the air circulation. It may not be obvious from the photos but there is maybe 3” wide space between the Besta cabinet and the countertop. Note: The fan driving the hot air out is also keeping your feet warm while you are working :-)

And finally I add three minor hacks or ideas which are part of the living room or kitchen:
- Chandelier out of Sekond cables, Ledare E27 and Torka
- Dryer hideout built from remaining Numerar countertop
- Wall herb garden made of Asker and Grundtal


White planter from Sultan bed frame
Articulating tablet mount from TERTIAL lamp

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6 Responses to Little kitchen expands into living room + three minor hacks

  1. Andrea says:

    Especially the light system is adorable! Can you please describe more detailed how you built it. Thanx!

    • Jantar Dandová says:

      Unfortunately I don’t know how the lights were built, it was in the apartment when we bought it. But I’d guess that the ceiling is lowered with plasterwall blocks and spotlights are installed into it. Hope it would help a little.

    • Jantar Dandová says:

      Oh, you probably mean the green one :-)

      It’s pretty simple :-) We used Ikea electrical cords SEKOND and HEMMA box with three cords. We drilled two additional holes into HEMMA and changed the cords + added two. You need to add terminal block into the box for the additional cords. Then we just drilled holes into the ceiling and with little hooks and strings fastened Torka. And finally wrapped the cords around Torka in a fashion we liked :-)

  2. bachus says:

    Great hack! At the hidden computerplace I just wonders, why the upper fan is an inbound and the lower one an outbound. This is counter streamwise…

    • Rob says:

      I was just about to post this same comment. Nice place, though. :)

      • Janter Dandová says:

        I know its counterwise, but it was uncomfortable when the hot air was blown up and it does not overheat when we changed it :-) plus it keeps our feet warm :-)

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