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Guitar stand that’s affordable and easy to hack

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For a Father’s Day gift, a friend wanted to give her husband a guitar stand without spending hundreds of dollars. This took 2 hours to design and build. It cost only the price of the IVAR shelving unit. I used scrap wood for the braces.…

Thursday, Jul 19

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A movable workbench for the workshop or craft room

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I decided to hack a movable workbench when I moved from an apartment with a small room as a workshop. Now I have a bigger room and I can move the bench around when I clean and when I do a bigger project. It took a day’s work to complete…

Wednesday, Jul 18

Hackers Help: Need help painting solid pine

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Ok, so … I have this awesome white stained bedroom set from the HEMNES line. I’ve had it for about a year and I’m loving the solidness of the pine and the clean lines. The only trouble is that it needs a bit of color and that the…

Tuesday, Jul 17

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Upholster your headboard with woven canvas

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After a year of waking up in the middle of the night because my 3-year-old had hit his head on his Fjellse headboard AGAIN, I decided to take matters into my own hands and fix the situation. Three rolls of autumn orange canvas, a staple…

Monday, Jul 16

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Food wall art with the Hembakat cookbook

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I picked up the cookbook as a small gift for my wife, Clementine on a whim on an IKEA run, after she had previously pointed it out as “just way too adorable.” When I gave it to her, she pondered it for a few seconds and then started to rip…

Friday, Jul 13

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Toddler sized bunk bed with slide and den

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Using the IKEA KURA reversible bed as the base, I made a toddler sized bunk bed with slide and den. It cost me approximately £210 including screws. And the whole project took about 24 hours, spread over 3 days. IKEA items used: IKEA KURA…

Thursday, Jul 12

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DIY Kraft Paper Holder and Dispenser

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I was looking at buying a Kraft paper holder to hang my paper roll in my newly decorated office but it was $250. I didn’t want to spend that much and inspiration hit me when I was wondering through IKEA. IKEA items used: RACKA curtain rod…

Wednesday, Jul 11

Hackers Help: Make a storage bed frame from kitchen high cabinets?

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My name is Lola and I’m about to start building my first IKEA hack! I’m a poor student (haha) and so I’d love if I can ask some questions before I start buying stuff. My plan is to build a storage bed frame using the IKEA METOD kitchen…

Tuesday, Jul 10

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PAX built-in wardrobe for master bedroom

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Our master bedroom contained a row of built-in wardrobe, rather crudely built from scratch by the previous owners a few decades ago. It was clear they had to go. The choice was either to remove the wardrobes, extend the plasterboard…

Monday, Jul 9

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Two-Way Modern Antique Writing Desk

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I had this very old antique writing desk (which I had gotten for free) that I wanted to modernize and use as my current writing desk. It used to occupy my foyer, but I needed a desk that was comfortable to work at, and that would fit the…

Friday, Jul 6

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Shiplap Entertainment Center from IKEA kitchen cabinets

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Here’s a little hack I made from IKEA GRIMSLÖV kitchen cabinets, turning them into a shiplap entertainment center. We initially wanted our favorite carpenter friend to build a custom wall unit for us, but he was too busy at the time. We…

Thursday, Jul 5

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Instant wardrobe for baby room

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This is my handy instant wardrobe for our baby’s room, placed between the heaters and the window sills, which is an optimal use of the gap. IKEA items used: MOSSLANDA picture ledge Other materials and tools: Pegs Glue Screws Make an…

Wednesday, Jul 4

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Hackers Help: Make IKEA SVALNÄS rental friendly?

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I adore the IKEA SVALNÄS system but wonder if anyone has successfully made it rental friendly? (eg. not drilling into the wall). Thanks! ~ by Ming V *** Hi Ming I adore the IKEA SVALNÄS too and am so bummed it’s not available in my country…

Tuesday, Jul 3

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6 essential things from IKEA for your Home Gym

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Inspired by IKEA’s recent collaboration announcement with Adidas, and this video (besides being motivated by my squishy belly), I began to brainstorm on IKEA products that are suitable for a home gym. This post is not about the types of…

Monday, Jul 2

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Toy Storage System for Messy Toy Room

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Our family room is overrun with stuffed animals and books. I had purchased some bins a while ago and they were soon overflowing with toys. Even when the floor was cleared of toys, the room still looked messy. I didn’t want to pay over …

Friday, Jun 29

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Behind the couch storage and charge station

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This behind the couch storage and charge station was made from leftover IKEA parts after we moved to another place. The core components are obviously IKEA, what I did add on top were some wheels and some plain white boards which serve as…

Thursday, Jun 28

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Toddler bunk bed resized from KURA loft bed

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Due to limited space in our girls’ bedroom, we wanted to get a toddler bunk bed. Only ones we could find were handmade and expensive! I always liked to make something, after seeing KURA hacks on IKEAhackers, the idea came! The KURA bed is…

Wednesday, Jun 27

Hackers Help: ID that IKEA – Round 2

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Here’s another round of “ID that IKEA” aka IKEA Name Game. (Round 1 here) Just 2 items and I’ve partially identified the first. So, over to you! #1 Rory’s gazebo Rory was at the SoCal Costa Mesa IKEA store and spotted this pagoda/gazebo…

Tuesday, Jun 26

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Can you beat these robots in IKEA furniture assembly?

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Not quite Terminator level but robots have made progress. An autonomous robot, designed by the Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore, can now assemble an IKEA chair from scratch in less than 21 minutes. And like…

Monday, Jun 25

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The Smallest Museum in the World. Stay in the (Pappis) box, think outside!

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Here’s Jacopo Carli from Eutropia Architettura (see my previous IKEA STUVA room divider hack) with a fun didactic challenge: what about designing the World’s Smallest Museum in an Ikea PAPPIS Box? Not just an in scale maquette representing…

Thursday, Jun 21

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TV Stand gets new look aka get rid of scratches on the bench top

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LIATORP series is nice, but it has a problem with the finishing – the surface scratches easily etc, especially for the pieces, like the TV stand, with tabletops. Related: Affordable contemporary wooden top TV bench So one day I decided to…

Wednesday, Jun 20

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Hackers Help: Make a Taller Footrest?

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I purchased a DAGOTTO footrest, black. Nifty little thing, but too short for me and my slightly too tall desk. Any ideas to make this taller?? Thanks! Ian *** Hi Ian How about cutting a piece of wood in the same dimensions as the faceplate…

Tuesday, Jun 19

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Guess who IKEA is collaborating with next? LEGO!

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Yes, you heard it right. An IKEA LEGO collaboration. Isn’t that just the best news ever? If you’ve been following IKEAhackers for any amount of time, you’ll know we are big fans of LEGO. In a press release, they announced it started with…

Monday, Jun 18

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Handy Sewing Trolley – RÅSKOG cart hack

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So I started some sewing lessons this year. I feel like nowadays we need to learn some old traditions left by our grandmothers and learn how to buy fewer clothes and accessories and start to create more. For this I had an idea, since I…

Friday, Jun 15

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Slim pantry cabinet from CD racks

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Here is my IKEA hack of a slim pull-out pantry cabinet. It uses 2 GNEDBY shelf units, which is a CD cabinet as part of a TV unit set-up. IKEA item used: GNEDBY shelf unit Other materials: Wood boards Drawer slides Knob for the door How to…

Thursday, Jun 14

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Board Game Table made from TV units. And it’s extendable!

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We have a small apartment but wanted to host board game nights without a huge table taking up space. This hack took around 2 hours total, and cost around $180. This expanding board game table gives us flexibility in using our limited…

Wednesday, Jun 13

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Hackers Help: Looking for Leirvik bed part

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I am searching for two sleeve nuts (pt. # 100585) for an older Leirvik bed frame. I don’t know when, but at some point in time IKEA changed the way this bed is assembled and they do not carry the part # anymore (not even in the bins). I…

Tuesday, Jun 12

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17 Secrets IKEA Employees Won’t Tell You

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You know the ins and outs of shopping at IKEA. You’ve got the IKEA shopping route (and shortcuts) etched on your palm. Or so it seems. Well, it’s been revealed there are secrets IKEA co-workers have been hiding from us. In a Reader’s…

Monday, Jun 11

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Recycled art: Lack side table with “stained” glass

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I’m an artist and work with what I call functional art. I like to recycle material by using it in my art. IKEA items used: LACK side table 55×55 cm In this case, I had an old LACK side table and old windows from house renovation projects.…

Friday, Jun 8

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Cheap and Easy Cat Climber for fat and clumsy cat

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When we just adopted our cat, he was a whopping 10.5kg, and as a result, big and clumsy. We could not find any cat trees on the market which could hold a cat of his weight. Since he is clumsy (for a cat), cat trees which required the…