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Simple But Effective Occasional Table

Simple But Effective Occasional Table photo

Materials: Lack Shelf, Vika Adils Legs

Description: A very simple hack. I didn’t like the Malm occasional table (or the $ 130 price tag) so I built one for $ 34. I combined the 74″ Lack Shelf with 4 Vika Adils legs. I have the low headboard Malm, for the high headboard the Vika Kaj legs would be better.

Freestanding it’s not the most stable but behind the headboard its solid as a rock, it is about 1/2″ lower than the headboard which provides a nice lip to keep items from falling on your head.

Simple But Effective Occasional Table photo

~ Matt Hannan, Wheat Ridge, CO

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Spontan x 6 = shoe rack

Spontan x 6 = shoe rack photo

Materials: Six Spontan magazine racks

Description: We were after a shoe rack behind the laundry door but couldn’t find exactly what we wanted. Upon seeing the Ikea magazine rack I realised this would be perfect (space efficient, flexible, economical) for our shoe rack.

I drilled 6 Spontan magazine racks to the wall space, overlapping them to fit (this is fine, they are flexible) and voila! The Great Wall of Shoe was born!

~ Flo Kaempf, Western Australia

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We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012

We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012 photo

The votes are in and a big congratulations to imchaser, creator of the Knuff transformable coffee table! It was a clear winner with 25% of votes, while the Expedit extension came in second with 13% of votes. The Trunk Bar edged over the Karlstad sofa for third place with just 2 votes. What a close fight.

Thank you everyone who voted and made your choice known. Like one commenter said, we did have a bounty of good hacks in 2012 and it was a tough to choose just one. In the end, the originality and creativity of the Knuff hack won the day. Kudos, imchaser.

Prezzies! Yay!
We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012 photoBragging rights aside, the winner gets to play with PANYL and their hundreds of colors and organic, life-like woodgrains.

The winner gets a choice of either:
a) A fully customized ODDA 3-drawer dresser (including the actual chest, which be will prePANYL for the winner using their newest custom “HackPack” concept. (This prize would be USA only).

We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012 photo

We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012 photo

b) $ 200 in PANYL gift certificates, which could be used towards merchandise and global shipping at PANYL.com.

If you’re unsure what PANYL is, check out their website.

Till next year!

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We have it! The KNUFF transformable coffee table is the IKEA Hack of 2012 photo
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Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table

Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo


Materials:
Norden table, paint, clear varnish, plastic pipe clip, permanent maker

Description: The plain wooden Norden table in our kitchen started to look boring after a while, so we decided to repaint it and to turn it into an interactive art guestbook.

We first painted the table white, then sprayed stencil portraits of our friends on the surface. Finally, we applied three layers of clear varnish to seal the table for everyday use.

Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo
Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo
Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo
Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo

On the side we mounted a plastic pipe clip to hold a permanent maker. The idea is that all our guests may write their name and some personal greetings on the table, just like in a guestbook.

See more of the Lack art table.

~ Kane, Braunschweig, Germany

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Norden Table becomes Interactive Art Table photo
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Ribba tablet/phone stand

Ribba tablet/phone stand photo

Materials: RIBBA, cable canal, saw, drill, sandpaper, paint

Description: I needed something to stand my tablet on while using it for controlling my music at home. We recently moved to a new apartment and had a bunch of spare RIBBA picture ledges lying around.

So I ended up sawing a piece of shelf to the width I wanted. Then I used the already present hole and drilled it with an 8 mm drill, just enough room for one of Apples lightning connectors to pass through. This is not really needed but it helps the charging cable not slip away when not in use.

Ribba tablet/phone stand photo
Ribba tablet/phone stand photo
Ribba tablet/phone stand photo
Ribba tablet/phone stand photo

I chose to glue on the top lid of a spare piece of cable canal as an inner step for standing the tablet in an almost upright position. But you could skip this part if you want. After a bit of sanding and painting the sides you’re done. Dead simple!

This would work in smaller pieces for say an iPhone bed-side stand as well.

~ Peter, Sweden

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Expedit workstation

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Materials: Expedit shelving unit 2×4 / Expedit shelving unit 2×2 / Lagan countertop 1,2m / Ekby Stödis

Description: I was looking for a ergonomic desktop, with a countertop height of 740mm and a keyboard countertop height of 660mm which match my body (I need to implement this last thing) and storage. Make one solid wood was too expensive and I don’t have tools to make it so I look at Ikea’s catalog.

Expedit workstation photo
Expedit workstation photo
Expedit workstation photo

The Expedit lacks some shelves to mount the Lagan countertop which is screwed on Ekby Stödis on the 4×2 side and is laid and screwed on the 2×2 side on a home made support (made with rubbish pieces of melamine). I made this support because the 2×2 is not full and I couldn’t screw an ekby stödis firmly in it.

I had an insert with two drawers and some boxes and a pluggis recycling bin.
All of this is non destructive, I can still disassemble and reassemble separately.

~ Romain, France

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Amped-Up Fixa

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Materials: Fixa toolbox, 4-channel amplifier module, hardware, speakers, iPod

Description: For this iPod amp, I emptied a Fixa box of its contents, traced and cut the shape of the amp and power supply, and mounted the parts. Holes were drilled for the knobs, power button, RCA inputs, and speaker jacks installed on the back (all parts from Radio Shack).

Amped Up Fixa photo

A hole was cut in the top of the box for the cooling fan. at 100 watts per channel, this box rocks!

~ Jeff Carter, Chicago

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