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10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019

Read on for my favourite IKEA ideas of the year.

My list for the IKEA Hack of the Year 2019 has been announced. Did you manage to catch it? If not, here is the link.

With the big ones out of the way, let’s not forget to celebrate the simpler ideas on IKEAhackers.

I call them “Ideas” (which is probably not the best term to use). They are simpler, easier hacks and could involve a repurposing or embellishment. In plain speak, anything that makes you go, “Hmm, that’s a good idea.”

So, let’s get on with it. May I present, in no particular order, the …

Top 10 IKEA Ideas of 2019

#1 Drawer latch for MAXIMERA drawers
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - drawer latch

Eric made a drawer latch that allows the IKEA MAXIMERA internal drawer to be pulled out together with the exterior drawer front. (Instead of pulling out the external drawer and then the internal drawer.) There are some ready made latches but none from IKEA yet. It’s a simple mechanism and perhaps, not for everyone, but very useful if you prefer accessing the upper internal drawer first. See the drawer latch.

#2 Perfect filing cabinet for KALLAX
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - filing cabinet

Allen did not find any simple ways of using the IKEA KALLAX shelving unit as a filing cabinet for hanging files. And then he found the right filing basket to slip into a DRÖNA and the rest was history. See the KALLAX filing cabinet.

#3 HEMNES in classy black texture
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - shoe rack

Melonie got the HEMNES shoe cabinet, preloved, in its original white. But she hated the vinyl surface and decided to do something about it. What I like about this transformation is the almost leather / skin texture. See the black textured shoe cabinet.

#4 KALLAX modern card catalog
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - card catalog

Terra always wanted a huge library card file/ apothecary cabinet but they are expensive. Just so happened, she had a couple KALLAX shelving units and four drawer inserts when the idea struck. I like the real, functional drawers as opposed to faux drawers on apothecary cabinet hacks. See the modern card catalog cabinet.

#5 Sleep training clock
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - sleep training clock

Megan is a mom of 3, with the youngest at 3 years old. Megan came up with a sleep training clock to help her child know when it’s okay to wake the adults. Anything to help parents sleep in, gets my vote. See the sleep training clock.

#6 Crib to computer desk
10 of the most clever IKEA Ideas of 2019 - crib computer desk

When Andrijana’s son outgrew the crib, she repurposed it into a computer desk. It’s also became a play house for him when she’s not working on the desk. Furniture given a second life is always a good idea. See the crib computer desk.

#7 Glow in the dark STOMMA
glow in the dark stomma

Being so cheap, it’s inevitable the STOMMA clock gets hacked. Kate wanted a clock for her bedroom that’s silent and tells the time in the dark. She found her solution with this one tweak. So easy I wonder why I never thought of it.

#8 KALLAX office sideboard
kallax sideboard

Orla Kiely wallpaper and tapered legs gave this KALLAX unit a whole new look. And now it fits right in Trude office. It didn’t need a lot of cutting and sawing, but the result is beautiful nonetheless. See the KALLAX sideboard.

#9 Easy pantry organizer
pantry organizer

Erinmae transformed her pantry into a super organised space thanks to some $5 IKEA spice racks. They are super handy as pantry organisers, thanks to a bit of out of the box thinking. Read more.

#10 A lighted mirror
lighted mirror

To create a cozy atmosphere in the hallway and brighten up the space, Jose decided to hang up an IKEA NISSEDAL mirror. But after thinking about it further, he came up with the idea of converting it into a lighted mirror to provide ambient lighting as well. Kills two birds with one stone. See the lighted mirror.

And that’s my list of top 10 IKEA ideas. Which is your favourite? Or did I miss yours? Let me know in the comments below.

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