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IKEA is a goldmine for yuppies seeking stylish furniture on a budget.For a few hundred bucks you could walk off the lot with an entire bedroom set. The only problem is that you risk ending up with the same set-up as everyone you know.
That’s where blogs like IKEAhackers.net come in handy.
The site––run by Mylasian blogger “Jules”––is updatedly hourly with clever hacks for run-of-the-mill IKEA goods from around the world.
Some hackers simply find new uses for average items, but only the most creative earn a coveted spot on IKEA Hackers.
“From its rather unglamorous beginnings, the site has grown so much that it still surprises me,” Jules says.
With a touch of paint and a little ingenuity, hacker Brian slipped in an outdoor amp and an Apple AirPort Express to play tunes while he cooks out.
Reader Uta decided to give them a beachy feel with this easy DIY drift wood design. It works well with floor lamps, too, she says.
Meghan of Lakebay, Wash. used the shade to glam up an otherwise dull chandelier. A coat of gold spray paint added a nice touch.
The most action IKEA's standard Mydal bunk bed sees is probably siblings fighting over who gets the top bunk.
For husband and wife duo Aaron Bell and wife Corinne, it made the ideal foundation for a new chicken coop.
But we're far fonder of this rendition by Daniel Poling, who fashioned a host of bins into a wall dresser that would help any slob clean up their act.
As hacker S.Bruhn has proven, it's also a great base for an affordable scissor lamp. This only set him back $40.
That was until E. Bernhart got his hands on the tables. He transformed two into a foldable outdoor addition to his balcony.
Amy Badskirt had higher hopes. She mounted a door panel under the table and created a perfectly ergonomic sewing station.
Here's how IKEA suggests users cobble together its High Gloss Abstract Panels, which are typically used for covering cabinets.
Hacker Cher decided to get a little crafty, turning into a cork board using a ton of wine corks she scored for free from a wine bar.
Hacker Erika found out it works just as well keeping her swarm of bees nice and cool on long afternoons.
Hacker Krystal sawed a couple of tot-sized holes for her twins to create the ultimate activity table.
But green thumb dwellers should take note. Jake Levine hacked his way to the perfect plant potter and room divider with a couple of Benno units.
But we support Vendela, who cut the shades to ribbons and wrapped them around another lamp shade to create a cool bird nest effect.
It's hard to imagine turning these Rektangel vases into anything other than a dumping ground for flowers.
In a stroke of brilliance, French hacker Chas Saunter stacked 60 of the things along his 11m x 4m bedroom to create the library of any bibliophile's dreams.
For hacker Pippa, it made the perfect base for a soap dish to her hard-to-fit rounded bathroom sink.
But double it up like hackers Dinah and Derek, and you could create the perfect space-friendly entertainment centre. It fit nicely in their tiny studio apartment.
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