IKEA's Helmer filing cabinet is no stranger to computer hacks, but most recently it's found a purpose in life as a computer cabinet for one IKEA hacker's desktop PC.
Home and Technology blog Unplggd highlights how Albert Law created a computer case out of the IKEA Helmer filing cabinet:
Rather than building that last four drawers for the Ikea Helmer, Albert Law used a pair of drawer tracks to connect the drawer fronts (which actually consist of both the drawer's fronts and backs) together to create a single door piece. In order to further keep the drawer panels from moving around, he connected them together with four silver joints.
The back of the case is open and provides ventilation for the machine.
If you've ever built a Helmer filing cabinet before, you probably know this hack looks about as simple as building Helmer as he was intended to be built. The filing cabinet has lots of convenient places to attach things, so creating a hinged door ought to be pretty simple. And, as an added bonus, those drawer handles could be very useful for managing your cables.