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Live Lagom hacks – IKEA shows us the way


First there was Hygge, now there is “Live Lagom”. It’s a Swedish word that means just the right amount – not too much, and not too little. It comes from the phrase “Lagom är bäst” – the right amount is best. In essence, it is a call to use just the right amount of what […]

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May 17, 2019


Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves, they’re larger than life


In our bedroom, we wanted a good amount of open storage with built-in floor to ceiling bookshelves. But on a budget! So we turned to the IKEA BILLY. The project was completed with all the work done on weekends over a period of 4 months. IKEA items used: 4 x BILLY Bookcase 31 1/2x11x41 3/4″ 3 […]

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May 16, 2019


Hackers Help: How to hack this wood slat room divider?


I’m looking for a rental-friendly way (the fewer holes I have to make the better) to create a room divider in a studio apartment. And it needs to be on a budget. The aim is to separate my sleeping area from the “living room” space. Problem is, I only have one massive window on one […]

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May 15, 2019


Odd shaped Pantry Shelving? Hejne to the rescue


I was unable to find suitable adjustable wall mounted pantry shelving for my odd shaped space. I realized the HEJNE shelving could be ‘inverted’, if you will, from outside to inside support. Basically the posts are fixed to the wall of the pantry. Shelves are adjustable and support is perpendicular to the IKEA plan. IKEA […]

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May 14, 2019


Making a lighted mirror with IKEA NISSEDAL


To create a cozy atmosphere in the hallway and brighten up the space, I decided to hang up an IKEA NISSEDAL mirror. But after thinking about it further, I came up with the idea of hacking it into a lighted mirror to provide ambient lighting as well. Here’s how the hallway looks with the mirror. And […]

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May 13, 2019


This IKEA item may buy mom and dad more sleep


If you have a toddler at home, you’re no stranger to early wake up calls. In the summer months it may get even earlier as the little one may wake with daylight. Megan is a mom of 3, with the youngest at 3 years old. Megan came up with a sleep training clock to help […]

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May 10, 2019


Drawer latch for IKEA Maximera internal drawers


I made a drawer latch that allows the IKEA MAXIMERA internal drawer to be pulled out together with the exterior drawer front. Reason for this hack is I wanted my most used dishes easily accessible. In the regular IKEA kitchen cabinet with a pull out drawer front, only the bottom drawer opens up when you […]

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May 9, 2019


Hackers Help: Help me hack a library trolley?


I want to make a library trolley. Real ones are available here, but at a price I can’t afford. Then I saw a photo of a BILLY bookshelf with the new BOTTNA display shelf insert and that gave me the idea of hacking a library trolley. But I’m not sure how. I’d probably need a […]

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May 8, 2019


Making an IKEA sit stand desk that remembers


Greg has a BEKANT sit stand desk. With the BEKANT, you can adjust the height of the table top electrically from 65 to 125 cm to ensure an ergonomic working position. Switching between sitting and standing helps you move your body so you both feel and work better. The only problem Greg has with the IKEA […]

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May 7, 2019


TARVA Dresser hack inspired by this expensive one


Part of Jessica’s Reading Room transformation for the One Room Challenge includes a Tarva Dresser hack. Right up our alley. Her inspiration piece is this classy unit from West Elm, called Gemini. The distinctive feature of the Gemini unit are the routed circular overlays. They function as a design detail as well as drawer pulls. It […]

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May 6, 2019


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