There can be no denying the impact that Ikea has had on design and home interiors. And whether you are a fan of the Swedish retail giant or not, most of us, I would hazard a guess have at least one Ikea product in our homes. And although something that is mass produced does not automatically lend itself to being original or unique, that is exactly what any Ikea product has the potential to be. When it’s put in your hands. And you add a little dose of creative inspiration...
Ikea Hackers started life originally as a blog in 2006 as a place to showcase Ikea Hacks, funnily enough. For the uninitiated, an Ikea Hack is “ a modification / repurposing of an Ikea product.” The site has now grown into a fun global community of people contributing details of their hacks.
Hacks can vary from basic embellishments through to complete overhauls and ingeneous design changes. There are projects to suit everyone, whether you only have a few hours to spare or whether you have the time and skills to undertake something a lot more complex. Hackers post images of their creations as well as straightforward instructions and guides on how you can complete the same project and what other materials and tools you might need.
The success of this site is obviously not only down to the passion shown by the founder Jules (aka Mei Mei Yap) but also to the brilliant and inspiring creative work done by the global community of Hackers. So, if you’re at a loose end this weekend, why not get those creative juices flowing again, check out the site and who knows what could end up gracing your living room by Monday morning.