Materials: door to Ikea wardrobe, hand saw, drill, screw driver, screws
Description: I picked up a used Ikea wardrobe for nothing from some nice Brazilians moving away from Berlin –the land of recycled Ikea junk. (Don’t fret, I bought some of their other more valuable stuff, like a sofa.)
Anyway, there were some extra doors from another identical Ikea wardrobe that sort of fell apart in its dis-assembly. I didn’t need more doors, but I did need some kitchen shelves… So, with a few hand tools, I cut up the door into what I think are much nicer looking shelves. The trick was to plan it so the wood trim would always be on the outside edges. The other trick was to use skinny screws (like drywall screws) that don’t over-strain the very crappy and fragile particle board. (Don’t even think about using nails!)
I have gone thru the Ikea online catalogue but cannot seem to find this particular style. Maybe it is now discontinued, or like so many Ikea items, simply not on the web site.
Anyway, this is not so much a hack as simply using free Ikea materials to build something useful… I hope still counts!
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.