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Published on September 26th, 2015 | by Jules Yap


12 unusual ways to use the RIBBA picture ledge all round the house

At the last IKEA sale, the RIBBA picture ledge was marked down and I grabbed two of them, without knowing what I would do with them. So I did a search on it and lo and behold, found so many interested uses for it. Some that even I had forgotten.

Photo: IKEA.com

The advantage of the picture ledge is its width. It’s so slim it can practically fit anywhere, as you will see from these awesome hacks and unusual ideas. All pretty easy to DIY too.

In the entryway

LEGO RIBBA key holder

When you don’t have a spacious landing, a RIBBA picture Ledge can work wonders. Use it to catch your mail and keys. Go one step further with a customized LEGO key holder. Click to see complete tutorial.

In the kitchen

  • Discreet wine rack

RIBBA picture ledge wine rack

It is wide enough for regular wine bottles and the lower lip stops the bottles rolling off. Carol mounted the ledges up on her kitchen alcove, making use of the space and keeping the bottles out of sight. Click to see it.

  • Spices and utensil rack

RIBBA spice rack and kitchen rail

Add a GRUNDTAL rail to the underside of the RIBBA picture ledge and you’ve doubled its usefulness. Spice jars go on top, utensils under. Read more.

In the living room

  • Cat’s skywalk


Mount the RIBBA picture ledges all around the room to give your cat a skyway to run on. And a cool place to perch and ignore humans. See the full post here.

  • To display your favourite things

Miniature car display

Use the RIBBA ledge to display your collections. See how it’s done.

  • Light up the wall

RIBBA picture ledge light

A RIBBA picture ledge and LEDBERG LED lights make an unusual light fixture. Read more.

In the kid’s room

  • High bed bookshelf

High Sleeper book shelf

Mount a RIBBA picture ledge — sideways — to the KURA bed’s side panel and you have a space to slot all your kid’s favourite bedtime books. See how it’s done here.

  • Toddler bookshelf

Toddler bookshelf

No KURA bed? No problem. Attach 2 picture ledges to a board and DIY your own mini bookshelf. Just the right height for tods. Click for complete tutorial.

In the home office

  • Raise your monitor

Monitor stand with RIBBA picture ledge legs

Prop up your monitor with this sleek monitor stand made from a shelf and sized down RIBBA ledges. Read more.

  • A tablet stand

RIBBA picture ledge tablet stand

Minimal, almost zen like tablet stand. See details here.

In the garage

  • Organize your tools

RIBBA Ledge tool rack

Build a cheap and easy wall-mounted tool rack. Take a RIBBA Picture Ledge and put a lot of holes into it. See it here.

  • Hold up your bike

Wall mounted bike rack

No fancy pants bike rack here. Just two RIBBA picture ledges, a nylon rope and a carabiner. See the full post here.

How have you used the RIBBA picture ledge? Tell us in the comments.

12 unusual ways to use the RIBBA picture ledge all round the house

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The Author

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 12 unusual ways to use the RIBBA picture ledge all round the house

  1. Tony says:

    After a hotel visit my wife noticed gooseneck focus lamps in the bed’s headboard. I didn’t want to cutup or alter my head board. When I found 2 RIBBA shelf pieces at a garage sale for 5 dollars, I had my solution. I cut the black into half – cut 1 slot in each and hollowed out so I could put in 2 usb hubs. I glued and screwed 2 metal mending plates to create a long rail to sit on top of the headboard. I had 2 led usb rods plus 2 JANSJÖ which provide both focussed and directed lighting. To create a nice atmosphere I bought the Ledburg led light strip to provide recessed lighting. She loved it.

  2. Linda says:

    I also use it in the bathroom as a place for my toothbrush, its charging station and cotton pads.

  3. Jenny says:

    We use ours in the bathroom on the wall next to the sink, great for shaving bottles, face wash, etc.

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