Last week, we reported on IKEA’s bone-headed decision to send a cease-and-desist letter to IKEAhackers. The creators of the popular DIY site have been ordered to give up the ‘IKEAhackers’ name and cease all forms of advertising on their website. While the writing’s not on the wall just yet (especially after a partial backdown by IKEA), we thought we’d take the opportunity to pay our respects. Here are the ten most popular IKEA hacks of all time on our website — from $5 bike racks to makeshift chicken coops.
If you want a real bargain basement option, you can rig up some bike storage using a pair of $5 Kvartal wall fittings.
At IKEA Hacker, Aaron Bell details the construction of a chicken coop using a bunk bed, storage unit and a bottle rack. (IKEA doesn’t seem to sell the specific bunk bed Aaron used any more, but the plan could easily be adapted with any slat-based bed.)
If you’re looking for a cheap standing desk but not yet ready to commit, this is a great option. If you decide it’s not for you, you can just adjust the legs to bring the desk down to a normal level instead.
IKEA Hacker details how Alejandro rigged up a custom driving seat and stand for his Xbox steering wheel, using the $49.99 Dave laptop table and $9.99 Brada laptop support from IKEA. There’s nothing more complicated involved than drilling a hole, and while Alejandro paired the result with an IKEA chair, it would work with pretty much any seat you already have.
Wiretap at IKEA Hacker details how to build your own stand using some basic IKEA parts. A quick calculation suggests the parts will cost around $56 at your local branch.
The IKEA Hacker weblog demonstrates how to turn a few relatively cheap items from IKEA into an attractive, apartment-friendly bike rack. The IKEA goods will still set you back around $40, but the actual project shouldn’t take much time at all and the results are certainly impressive.
The benefit of this build is you have the correct heights for ergonomic standing desk use, the build is very sturdy, the desk is very spacious and there is heaps of storage in the shelves underneath.
If you have a window in need of some accompanying book-friendly furniture, this tutorial will show you how to turn an IKEA bookcase into a sturdy window seat with lots of book storage built in.
Turn an inexpensive coat-hanger rack into a simple and streamlined cord management solution.
At IKEA Hacker, Andrew details via a series of photos how he used two $60 Stolmen posts as the basis for a full-on room divider. It’s not a casual project, but the end result is very impressive.
So there you have it. Much to our own surprise, the most viewed IKEA Hack on our website turned out to be a video tutorial for a room divider. I guess a lot of our readers must be living in studio apartments or shared accommodations. Go figure.