25 Brilliant Ways To Hack IKEA Furniture


Photo: IKEA Hackers

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. 

This Blanda Matt salad bowl doesn't usually get much further than kitchen tables.

Here's how IKEA envisioned its Kura kids bed would look:

Athens, Greece native Ioannis turned into a high-flying suspension bed instead.

See his full process here.

*As Jules notes, be sure to hire an expert to test this hack out to be sure it's safe.

IKEA's butcher block trolley is great for chefs on the go.

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.

There's not much interesting going on with IKEA's $4.99 table lamps.

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.

This stark white Jara lamp shade from IKEA is practically begging for a coat of paint.

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.

IKEA's Ludvig Laptop shelf/charging station is meant to fade into the background.

These recycling bins are a great way to sort paper and plastic.

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.

This Kolby desk lamp is perfectly fine for late night readers.

As hacker S.Bruhn has proven, it's also a great base for an affordable scissor lamp. This only set him back $40.

There's not much going on with this BJÖRKUDDEN dining table design.

That was until E. Bernhart got his hands on the tables. He transformed two into a foldable outdoor addition to his balcony.

How IKEA envisions assembly for its Melltorp table top:

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.

But they worked perfectly when Hacker LD needed a quick fix to hide his cement walls and ceiling.

You could certainly use this Ung Drill Frame as the decorative accent it's meant to be.

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.

These Bertil chairs usually have their legs planted firmly on the ground.

Hacker GVM gave them a lift, sawed off the seat and mounted them to his wall as DIY dress boys.

This Lova bed canopy is meant to give drowsy slumberers summertime shade.

Hacker Erika found out it works just as well keeping her swarm of bees nice and cool on long afternoons.

IKEA's Bjursta dining room table isn't exactly kid friendly.

Hacker Krystal sawed a couple of tot-sized holes for her twins to create the ultimate activity table.

This Expedit shelving unit is probably meant for bookworms.

Hacker Martina turned it into an epic playpen for her dwarf hamster, Sonic.

IKEA'S $99 Benno DVD storage unit is great for cinephiles.

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.

These Löbbo lamp shades are cute even without any embellishments.

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.

IKEA's Benno and Billy bookcases are probably sold in single units.

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.

This simple kitchen skimmer probably sees a lot of pasta bowls.

For hacker Pippa, it made the perfect base for a soap dish to her hard-to-fit rounded bathroom sink.

This standard Malm dressing table doesn't really offer much on its own.

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.

Most IKEA mirrors probably found on bedroom walls.

For less than $10, hacker Jule used six mirrors to give this old desk a much-needed upgrade.

On its own, this standard coffee table might handle a board game at most.

Hacker Steffen cut a massive hole down the middle and fashioned his table into a toy train display.

If you thought those hacks were impressive...

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