IKEA is famous for its swedish style affordable furniture designed for specific uses. However the internet is full of creative minds who have cleverly created some very versatile uses for their products. So many in fact that there is a dedicated site (ikeahackers.net) where you can browse literally thousands of alternative uses for the products we know so well.
Here are just 5 of my favourite IKEA Hacks!
Trones shoe cabinet – Not just for shoes!
The wall-mounted Trones Shoe Cabinet may have been designed to hold shoes, but it’s a firm favourite with design conscious folk looking for extra storage solutions in small spaces.
This grouping of three black cabinets combined with a white shelf acts as a narrow console without taking up too much space in this small entrance. The gallery wall above completes the look. Image from Apartment Therapy
In this image from 2 angels, the cabinets are used to house recycling products.
Besta floating sideboard
The well-known Besta Cabinet Series has been the inspiration of many a hacker. One of the more popular variations is using them to create a sideboard (or credenza as it’s known on the other side of the pond).
I particularly love this variation by Dans le Lakehouse – I love the glass doors and grey stained veneer cabinet top (which is actually just plywood folks!)
Check out Tanya’s blog for more photo’s and full tutorial if you feel inclined to create your own.
A slim computer table for Macs
Now this is a clever solution where space is at premium. This slim line computer table is the creation of a Dutch hacker who wall mounted a simple cabinet with a shelf underneath to create the ultra skinny computer table. An added bonus is that there are no visible cables hanging down as they are all stored inside the cabinet. Image from Gizmodo
Lack coffee table becomes a Lego construction site.
Any parent will tell you that one of the most dangerous objects left lying around on their childs floor are Lego pieces (primarily for their ability to cause extreme pain to bare footed parents!). This clever hack not only provides a play-table for Lego construction but also provides safe storage for those lethal pieces. Image from Ikea Hackers
Hemnes day bed to keep pooch indoors!
If you’re a dog owner, I hope your pooch has more manners than ours. We should have called our fella Brave Heart as he tries to make a bolt for freedom every time the door opens!!
This doggie gate hacked from the Hemnes Day Bed is not only ingenious, but stylish and looks great too.
More pictures and full tutorial is available at Ikea Hackers
Are you an IKEA hacker? I’d love to hear about some of your creations. Leave a comment below.