Smart tips for lighting up 7 of Ikea’s most popular furniture pieces
Ikea is the world’s largest furniture retailer with stores in 52 countries and sales of $ 44 billion.
Ikea hacking involves modifying or recycling the shelves or storage of the flat-pack giant.
We’ve rounded up seven project ideas that start with some of Ikea’s most popular products.
Chances are, you own an Ikea piece of furniture or have owned it in the past.
The Swedish company is the world’s largest furniture retailer with stores in 52 countries with combined annual sales of $ 44 billion.
Its flagship products like the Kallax cubic bookcase or the Hemnes minimalist chest of drawers may start to seem out of place compared to the more stylized pieces of high-end brands.
Ikea hacking is the practice of recycling products from the flat-pack giant, and in recent years the idea has become widespread. A few companies are even dedicated to custom accessories and modifications for Ikea furniture, while many hacks can be accomplished with little more than a trip to the hardware or craft store.
A recent survey of The Hustle readers found that half of those surveyed had heard of the Ikea hacking concept, while 43% had tried it on their own. A similar percentage said they updated old furniture during the pandemic and more than 9 in 10 said they might consider doing so.
The community at IkeaHackers.net has collected a lot of great ideas over the years, and here are eight ideas for easy to moderately difficult projects that can give a unique twist to some of Ikea’s most common classics.
Simple workspace with drawers and Alex counter
It is pretty much as simple as it gets. Take a few drawers, add a worktop or a table, and voila.
Slim entryway storage with Stall shoe racks
The Stall shoe bin is by far one of the most popular items to hack, most projects replacing the top, reshaping the bins and adding unique material.
Glamor the Scandinavian minimalism of the Hemnes dresser
Adding trim or other coverings to flat front drawers can result in a simple design a more luxurious look.
Kallax shelving platform storage bed
Another power tool-less project turns a few Kallax shelves and a piece of plywood into a platform storage bed for a fraction of the cost of a similar item for that matter.
Kallax Shelf and Frosta Stool Entertainment Console
The always versatile Kallax can also be high – literally – with a set of feet, which may even come from a stool made by Ikea.
Hejne shelving plant station
Urban gardeners can use the sturdy Hejne shelves to create a potting and propagation workbench, and a little wood stain helps finish off the look.
Ivar Shelving Privacy Screen
The more we work from home, the more attractive privacy screens are. Ikea does sell one, but custom widths and patterns can be created using sections of the Ivar shelving unit, a few hinges, and your choice of fabric.
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