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Looking for Ideas to Reuse Old Items? Check out IKEA Hackers

October 22, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

IKEA Hacker Bastis Dog Butt Hook Coat RackWe love it when we find a site that helps us find ways to reuse old items, and IKEA Hackers fits the bill with creative solutions.

IKEA groupies – fans of the world’s largest furniture retailer — can’t bear to part with anything they’ve assembled themselves. So they’re sharing their repurposing ideas on,  a site that encourages recycling and reusing – values close to HouseLogic hearts.

“This site is really about a community of crazy IKEA fans,” the site says.  “We hack, personalize, repurpose IKEA products into the very thing we want.”

For instance, one IKEA-ite turned a shelving unit on it side to create a low play table for her 2-year-old twins (lots of storage underneath). When the kids got a little bigger and wanted a train table, Mom screwed on four coasters to raise the table and make it portable.

“When they are done playing, we simply roll it back against the wall to have more space,” the mom says.

Another IKEA hacker made a colorful coat rack  by screwing Bastis “dog butt” hooks  onto an unpainted, soft wood shelf.

“I picked red, green and black to give it kind of an African/Jamaican theme, “ hacker Nick says. “The assembly is really simple, just a few screws and that’s it.”

What have you repurposed lately?

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon
Published: October 7, 2011

Lisa Kaplan Gordon is a HouseLogic managing editor and builder.

Visit for more articles like this. Reprinted from HouseLogic with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to “Looking for Ideas to Reuse Old Items? Check out IKEA Hackers”
  1. Steve Cardwell says:

    Ikea is always a fun and inspiring trip.
    A recent NPR story from China told about how Ikea stores in Bejing have turned into the place to meet, hang out, possibly find dates. According to the report, middle-age singles hang out in their cafeteria all day by the hundreds, drinking coffee, meet their friends, lounge on the displays. Management wants them to browse less and purchase more.

  2. Steve – When you make Swedish meatballs that tasty and that affordable…is it any real surprise that even the Chinese would flock to Ikea stores just for that? I know that if an Ikea was in closer proximity to Northwest Indiana that I would be a frequent visitor not for the furniture, but for the cafeteria.

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