You can make a mistake and redeem it with some hacking. Adam’s “oops” turns out to be a sideboard with “oomph”.
“I am always looking for new ways to use things and Ikea is great for that. Especially when you make a mistake ordering a kitchen. I bought 2 tall wall units at 400mm wide instead of 500mm. Promptly bought and fitted the right size (to avoid the fury of the wife) and hid the 400mm ones in the garage while I thought of something to use them for.
When I was building an extension a couple of years later decided that if I turned them on there side and fitted them together they would be an ideal size as a sideboard unit in my sun room. Fitted them with a couple of shelves put a couple of Abstrakt doors to match the kitchen ones and oak worktop from Ikea to match the kitchen also. We always get comments on it and people have asked where I bought it from, and I tell them how I had it all planned this way from the beginning. Only my wife knows the real story! Or does she?
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.