Materials: Hopen bed frame, Dioder LED light strips, foot-operated light switch.
Description: I installed Dioder led strips under the edge of my Hopen bed frame and then put a switch in the headboard for easy operation.
It was a pretty simple hack. Route out the area in the headboard that you want to install the switch and use the included adhesive pads to mount the LED strips under the bed. The whole hack took less than 2 hours and looks pretty nice.
The switch I selected is intended to operate lighting that’s inconvenient to reach, so it’s a foot-switch ($10 on Amazon). It takes very little force to operate and clicks on-and-off.
The only thing I’d want to do better in the future would be to source a switch that was darker in color so it’d blend in better. As it is, you can’t see the hack under normal conditions, so I’m very happy with it.
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.