IKEA Hackers: An Idea Whose TIme Has Come?

By Bill Esler | Posted: 11/05/2012 6:00PM


Bill Esler woodworkingnetwork Wood Lumber Custom Cabinets   Hacking IKEA cabinets? I've heard of hacking computer code, cell phones, credit cards - even espionage hacking computer controllers on military equipment.

But hacking IKEA?

Turns out consumers are doing it - buying plain IKEA cabinets and shelves in their flat pack boxes, then assembling them and dolling them up as built-in finished cabinetry, storage cupboards and closets, adding crown mouldings, mirrored doors of their own devising, wrapping them in fabrics - anything to make them look more formal or less austere.

click image to zoomIKEA-Hacker In the way I find a lot of unusual reports, I was tooling through Google searches and found a mention of Ikea Hackers in the Montreal Gazette. A couple had bought $4,000 worth of white IKEA cabinets and added crown mouldings and trim to give them a built-in look, equivalent they said to a $20,000 cabinetry job.

Interesting. So a search of IKEA Hackers turns up IKEAhackers.net, a website devoted to the practice, and it shows all kinds of tables, chairs and cabients wrapped, painted and built in or with added components like glass doors, to kick the IKEA up a notch.

You'll find IKEA hackers stuff at Pinterest, and a Flicker Group and an IKEA hackers Facebook site, to mention a few permutations.


About the Author

Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at WoodworkingNetwork.com Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at besler@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

Comments (2) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

Oregon  |  November, 08, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Why are you lending your name and this magazines name to promoting the crape that IKEA sells. I know people that put IKEA quality right next to K-Mart stuff. Aim a little higher or get out of the business of promoting junk.

Bill Esler    
Lincolnshire IL  |  December, 05, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I am reporting the news here that will have an impact on woodworkers and wood manufacturing. It's useful to know what consumers are doing and thinking - this isn't promoting the practice, it's providing a basis for informed business decisions. Meanwhile, thousands of people are in IKEA factories in the U.S. making their living manufacturing wood products in the U.S.


Search our database for woodworking equipment, supplies and services:

Select a category:

Feedback Form
Feedback Form