IKEA Hackers


According to the online dictionary the definition of guilt is as follows:


1. the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime,violation, or wrong

2. a feeling of responsibility or remorse for some offense, crime,wrong, etc., whether real or imagined.

3. conduct involving the commission of such crimes, wrongs,etc.: to live a life of guilt.

–verb (used with object) Informal .

4. to cause to feel guilty

Okay, so I don’t feel remorse for a crime, but I do feel I should come clean on something; customising IKEA furniture. I have done it, ran with it, embraced it, and written of it; but it was not my idea. Changing handles and painting furniture were products of original thought. However, the notion of taking some flat-pack furniture and elevating it to something more worthy of a home, that I discovered online at a site called IKEA Hackers. A fan run site that encourages the personalisation of IKEA furniture and shares what people have achieved, and made, with the humble IKEA flat-pack.

The ‘hacks’ posted range from the realistic, to the wacky, and the downright don’t-try-this-at-home. My favourites, and by far the most interesting and elaborate are the Stefan rocking chairthe bankers chair, and the Lack lounger.

This site looks official but remains (oddly) completely non-affiliated with IKEA. So, the customisations are not safety guaranteed, or even recommended by the store. Yet they are a joy to read. They reassure me that there are others like me in the world dissatisfied to just sit back and settle for IKEA homogeny. Moreover, despite the presence of creations that can only be the work of a carpenter, or at least a handy architect;  lots of the posts also look pretty do-able.

Take a look and be inspired.


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