It was an imposed project during my first year in design school. To re-interpret the Bekväm, create something new.. but we should still be able to recognise the Bekväm, by his shapes, edges, wood, texture..
So I decided to elevate it, and switch the footrest to seat, delete the seat. By deleting the seat, I could use the parts as armrests, so I swapped them for more comfort. The problem was about the chair back : how to get a resistant chair back with this angle.. So I created the structure of the chair in Inox Steel 4mm, I cut it, weld it..
And I recreated the wood Bekvam structure with some changes, angles of armrests, length of chair legs. I set the wood structure on the Inox structure by glue and pop rivets.
The next step is to cover the back/seat/armwrests with light leather.
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.