It’s time again to select the best of the best. I had a really good time looking through the year’s archive and reliving the hacks I received over the course of 12 months. Some were brilliant, and I agree, some were borderline hacks. Nevertheless, thank you for sharing your hacks with me, whether they made it to the site or not.
Now on to the good stuff – my list of 10 favourites. It was a tough list to make. But after weighing them over and over, I’ve finally nailed my 10. And here they are, in no particular order.
The designguy’s Pax room divider
This was a clear favourite the moment it was posted. A studio turned into a 1 bedroom with the clever use of the Pax sliding doors. But it’s not just the construction but the lovely styling and how everything just fits. Plus, love the Reservoir Dogs mural.
One of the most innovative things I’ve seen done to the leg of a Lack side table. I like how the light rises like a flame and the textile electrical cord completes the torch imagery. I wish Charles would have covered the messy electrical socket, which is such a distraction to an otherwise awesome hack.
Jerome went all the way when it came to finding a fit for his TV. It took a lot of work and precision but just look at it – it is worth every minute he spent on it. The TV appears seamless with the BESTA unit, as if IKEA made the tube box. What I like? The amount of detail that goes into this. This is hack love.
This also received plenty of raves. Andrew salvaged 4 laminate bent IKEA legs and two seats from antique banker’s chairs and out came this beauty. I love the form of this springy little thing, which looks like it is ever ready to lovingly hug my back. A perfect example that hacks need not be ugly.
I like this headboard from Jake, as it was the first hack I saw using plants as a headboard and a room divider. It was also great use of the Benno DVD tower. The plants also give out oxygen at night. Brilliant.
Another one from Charles of the One Legged Lamp. This time a bench made entirely out of Lack coffee tables. Love the eye-popping colour and the ingenuity of a Lack coffee table sandwich that became a bench.
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.