IKEA furniture is perfectly functional but basic by design. Dave from Make Something shows us how he took a $150 IKEA KOLBJÖRN metal cabinet and transformed it into a high-end piece of designer furniture by wrapping and embellishing it with wood. He also improved its versatility by adding a top shelf and a removable serving tray.
You can find all sorts of great household items and furniture at IKEA. But if you ignore the assembly instructions and make up your own, it’s possible to hack together stuff that’s not in their catalog. Tchiks guitars shows us how he used wood from various things from IKEA and turned them into a great-sounding electric guitar.
There’s a whole community dedicated to hacking IKEA products to make them look better or more useful. In this video from Woodboy, he shows us how he turned a cheap IKEA desk lamp into something that looks like it came from a high-end lighting store. All that remains from the original is the LED light bar and wiring though.
IKEA is now making home accessories using a 3D printing technique known as selective laser sintering. The collection includes wireframe models of heads and hands, which can be hung on the wall or placed on a tabletop. They’re currently only available from IKEA Germany, but we hope to see them elsewhere soon.
Created by Mother, this spot for IKEA offers a modern take on the classic fable The Hare and the Tortoise. In this version, the bunny spends his nights out partying with friends, while the turtle gets a good night’s sleep in his IKEA bedding. Stellar creature FX from Robert Allsopp and VFX by 1920 helped bring the characters to life.
If there’s one thing that’s consistent across the globe these days, it’s that kids are in need of things to do at home. To help with this mission, IKEA Russia has offered up a series of six fun DIY furniture forts which can be built using various IKEA furniture and accessories. We might just have to make that octopus chandelier.
IKEA teamed up with synth and design house Teenage Engineering to create a limited collection to turn any space into a dance party. It includes modular LED spotlights and dot-matrix lights, speakers and subwoofers, furniture, tiki cups, and even a cajón drum to get the beat going. They also created some 3D-printable hacks.
IKEA’s Place is a new app that takes advantage of iOS 11’s exclusive augmented reality features. Scan a space, then browse for furniture. Your chosen product will pop up on your iOS device’s screen, accurately scaled to your room. You can even go around and zoom in on the furniture.
Instructables contributor MariaK64 shows us how to transform a IKEA PS 2014 pendant lamp into an exploding Death Star with nothing more than paint, masking tape, and some artistic skill. But instead of firing at the exhaust port, simply pull the cord to blow it to bits.
A funny commercial for IKEA Italy that shirks the homogeneity of most ad spots, and suggests that we not only let our freak flags fly, but that we use IKEA’s products in unconventional ways. They should start selling that tennis racket spaghetti strainer – and call it NÜDLL.