Ikea hacks –personalised versions of affordable favourites from a well-known Swedish furniture store. Sometimes the hacks are decorative, while sometimes make the original design more functional or sturdy. Being an eminently crafty corner of the web, Pinterest is just the place to find the most innovative Ikea hacks. Let’s take a look at my top 10:
This hack turns a wire fruit bowl into a very-cool-indeed light fixture. Will cast dramatic shadows, and you can spray it any colour you fancy.
This hack involves a table covered in blackboard paint, with chalk pots attached. It makes the ideal children’s drawing table.
A mini coffee table that’s perfect for small spaces. It adapts into multiple shapes and includes storage. What’s not to like?
A simple, clever and eminently handy idea.
When I say cat house, I do actually mean the feline variety. Cats love small spaces and are naturally drawn to occupy shelves, so why not indulge them and give them a dedicated shelf?
Kitty hideaway dens are all the rage but they’re often pricey. You can make an economical version from two Gosig baskets stitched together.
Crafty types, artists and designers can make a handy lightbox – useful for tracing – from some Ikea string lights and a sheet of Perspex.
A wooden, spa-style bath mat is a zillion times nicer than a soggy fabric one. Its easy to make from Ikea decking pieces, that you can buy in small packs of 20.
This is the popular Ikea tea light lantern, upgraded to a shiny, battery-operated LED one. It does require a bit of tinkering with drills and what not, but the instructions are comprehensive.
10. Lack table to Lego table!
I think this is my favourite Ikea hack on Pinterest. The link to the original article and instructions are actually missing, but it’s not difficult to see how to make this amazing hack. It’s the ubiquitous Lack side table, with a layer of Lego matting glued to the top. Then all you need is Lego to begin building the constructions of your dreams. The ceiling’s the limit.