With the big ones out of the way, let’s not forget to celebrate the simpler ideas on IKEAhackers.
I call them “Ideas” (which is probably not the best term to use). They are simpler, easier hacks and could involve a repurposing or embellishment. In plain speak, anything that makes you go, “Hmm, that’s a good idea.”
So, let’s get on with it. May I present, in no particular order, the …
Top 10 IKEA Ideas of 2019
#1 Drawer latch for MAXIMERA drawers
Eric made a drawer latch that allows the IKEA MAXIMERA internal drawer to be pulled out together with the exterior drawer front. (Instead of pulling out the external drawer and then the internal drawer.) There are some ready made latches but none from IKEA yet. It’s a simple mechanism and perhaps, not for everyone, but very useful if you prefer accessing the upper internal drawer first. See the drawer latch.
#2 Perfect filing cabinet for KALLAX
Allen did not find any simple ways of using the IKEA KALLAX shelving unit as a filing cabinet for hanging files. And then he found the right filing basket to slip into a DRÖNA and the rest was history. See the KALLAX filing cabinet.
#3 HEMNES in classy black texture
Melonie got the HEMNES shoe cabinet, preloved, in its original white. But she hated the vinyl surface and decided to do something about it. What I like about this transformation is the almost leather / skin texture. See the black textured shoe cabinet.
#4 KALLAX modern card catalog
Terra always wanted a huge library card file/ apothecary cabinet but they are expensive. Just so happened, she had a couple KALLAX shelving units and four drawer inserts when the idea struck. I like the real, functional drawers as opposed to faux drawers on apothecary cabinet hacks. See the modern card catalog cabinet.
#5 Sleep training clock
Megan is a mom of 3, with the youngest at 3 years old. Megan came up with a sleep training clock to help her child know when it’s okay to wake the adults. Anything to help parents sleep in, gets my vote. See the sleep training clock.
#6 Crib to computer desk
When Andrijana’s son outgrew the crib, she repurposed it into a computer desk. It’s also became a play house for him when she’s not working on the desk. Furniture given a second life is always a good idea. See the crib computer desk.
#7 Glow in the dark STOMMA
Being so cheap, it’s inevitable the STOMMA clock gets hacked. Kate wanted a clock for her bedroom that’s silent and tells the time in the dark. She found her solution with this one tweak. So easy I wonder why I never thought of it.
#8 KALLAX office sideboard
Orla Kiely wallpaper and tapered legs gave this KALLAX unit a whole new look. And now it fits right in Trude office. It didn’t need a lot of cutting and sawing, but the result is beautiful nonetheless. See the KALLAX sideboard.
To create a cozy atmosphere in the hallway and brighten up the space, Jose decided to hang up an IKEA NISSEDAL mirror. But after thinking about it further, he came up with the idea of converting it into a lighted mirror to provide ambient lighting as well. Kills two birds with one stone. See the lighted mirror.
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.