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33 Clever And Unexpected Uses For Ikea Products

Your Malm is so much more than a Malm.

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1. The extendable portion of the Fräck mirror is even more useful when you turn it into a light.

Just push it back towards the wall when you're done reading and ready to go to bed.

Full instructions at Manhattan Nest.

2. Hang a Vurm rack vertically and it's perfect for wine, but flip it horizontally and it becomes an excellent wall planter.

Label each container using some chalkboard paint and chalk to keep track of what you've planted.

More information at Design Fixation.

3. Use a hinge and attach two Blanda Matt serving bowls together to make this wooden globe .

You can use it to hold coins from all the countries you've travelled to.

Full instructions at Kristi Murphy's blog.

4. Combine four Knuff files to make a wonderfully stylish tabletop.

...with a little help from a Frosta stool and a Näsum basket.

Full instructions at EmerJa.

5. Use a pair of Knuff files to add some extra space to the cabinets in your kitchen.

What once held magazines will now hold aluminum foil and cleaning supplies.

More information at Apartment Apothecary.

6. Ditch the tea lights and convert your Borrby lantern into a "plantern" for a few lucky succulents.

Succulents are never a fire hazard.

Full instructions at The Surprise-aholic.

7. Adjust the height of the shelf in the PS 2014 wardrobe and use it as a desk.

8. Here's a Kryddig spice mill that has been reformed into a set of modern candlestick holders.

Buy another spice mill to display on your dining room table along with the candlestick holders: it'll be a matching set!

Full instructions at Bambula.

9. Wrap twine around an assortment of Losjön hangers to display your child's artwork in a unique way.

Or create an inspiration board for yourself above your desk--either works.

More information at Mommo Design.

10. Floor poufs are awesome, but they tend to be super expensive: save some money and make your own using a floor mat.

You don't even need to be an excellent sewer: as long as you can stitch in a straight line, you should be all set.

Full instructions at Retropolitan.

11. Use a jigsaw to remove the bottoms of a bunch of Trovast bins and then screw them to the wall to create an incredibly modern storage solution.

Oh so futuristic.

More information at Mommo Design.

12. Even kids can make straws into garlands! Just bend them into triangles and link them together.

After you finish the garland, why not make a necklace or two?

Full instructions at Craft Hunter.

13. Get a little more complex and use the straws to make a mobile.

These were spray painted gold for a metallic look.

Full instructions at Brittany Makes.

14. Stack several Lack tables together into a tower for your cat.

Wrap rope around the legs so your kitty can use them as scratching posts.

Full instructions at Princess Guerriere.

15. This is somewhat strange, but incredibly useful: a couch caddy made from a Toga place mat and some Njuta slippers.

Space for your remote, a beer, and some reading material: what more could you need?

Full instructions at Instructables.

16. Turn a couple of Blanda bowls into some retro doll furniture.

If only you could make a human-size version.

Full instructions at Ikea Hackers.

17. Variera plastic bag dispensers are just as adept at dispensing yarn.

Add them to the wall of your craft room to create a knitting station.

Full instructions at Ikea Hackers.

18. Instead of using the Grundtal toilet paper holder in the bathroom, make it into a stand for your headphones and station it on your desk.

19. Let the Eivor throw keep you cozy all winter... and then stitch it into a maxi skirt for the summer!

Everyone will be amazed when you tell them that you're wearing a blanket.

Full instructions at Kristi Murphy's blog.

20. Have an Alseda foot stool that's seen better days? Remove the covering and turn it into wall storage.

Child's room? Use it for toys. Adult's room? Use it for scarves and other soft accessories.

More information at Mommo Design.

21. Grundtal knife racks can be used to organize anything made with metal or magnets (like toy trains, for instance).

Your kids will definitely think it's cool that their trains can drive up the wall.

More information at Just a Girl and Her Blog.

22. Have a hankering for some ribs but no way to hold them up in the oven? Variera pot lid organizer to the rescue!

Give it a wash after dinner and it can go back to holding your lids.

More information at Outdoor Cooking.

23. Screw a Variera shelf insert to a wall and use it to organize your jewelry.

This hole-punch design is much too pretty to be a shelf insert--it deserves to be displayed.

Full instructions at East Coast Creative.

24. If you don't want to drill holes in your wall, use an Ordning kitchen utensil rack instead.

Dangle earrings from the holes and attach a few plastic hooks to hang necklaces on. If you attach the container to the top of a candlestick holder (as seen above), you'll be able to hang longer necklaces from it.

Full instructions at My Sister's Suitcase.

25. Add a lamp to the inside of a Moleg storage stool and turn it into a nightlight / nightstand combo.

This could be great for someone who's afraid of the dark.

Full instructions at Az Asztalom.

26. Combine a Väte lamp with a tea cup from the Duktig set and soon you'll have an adorable hot air balloon.

Perfect for nursery or birthday party decor.

Full instructions at Next To Nicx.

27. Turn a Bestå shelf unit into a a luxurious bathroom for your cat.

It has everything from a "poop zone" to a storage drawer to keep their food and litter in.

Full instructions at Evan and Katelyn.

28. Attach some rope to a flipped-over Frosta stool and it'll become a swing!


More information at Mommo Design.

29. Yet another use for the Frosta stool. Yes, that's right--this bike is made from two stools!

Full instructions at Le FabShop.

30. Or perhaps you'd prefer to sled on your Frosta instead of scoot?

Full instructions at Le FabShop.

If you're too big for this sled, you can make an adult version using a Poäng chair (instructions here).

31. Turn a Tarva chest into a cooler for your porch.

You won't have to make so many beer runs to the kitchen.

Full instructions at Ikea Hackers.

32. Insert a Heat trivet into the bottom of a lampshade for a cute (and quick) storage solution.

Ikea has so many different lampshade styles that you're bound to find a pattern to perfectly match any room in your house.

Full instructions at A Bubbly Life.

33. And finally, the most absurd(-ly genius) way to use an Ikea product of all: the Frakta shopping bag raincoat.

You definitely won't be the most stylish person on earth.... but the bag only costs $0.59! You'll be dry with some extra money in your pocket. Let 'em laugh.

Full instructions by Stephanie Casper at Instructables.

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