I came across this blog recently: Ikea Hacker. It features projects from people who are "modifying, hacking, tinkering, and generally doing what they like with the Swedish giant's stuff."
I mention this site not because I think we should all shop at Ikea (even though Ikea does seem to have a much greater commitment to environmental stewardship and social issues than other popular furniture retailers). But, for two reasons:
- Ikea comes up with some interesting designs a lot of the time that are very easy to get home and put together, BUT,
- um, sometimes . . . ahem . . . Ikea things break and instead of tossing the item in the landfill, perhaps this blog will give you an idea of how to re-use it for some other need;
- there are TONS of secondhand Ikea products for sale (cheap!) on Craigslist every day; perhaps Ikea Hacker will give you some ideas on how to meet your (storage, shelving, decor, etc.) needs in a way you never even imagined before (again, keeping stuff out of the landfill - while also coming up with something quite unique and stylish).
Ikea lamp (re)style:
Snack Box into Cat Box (ingenious and so so cute):
Wine Rack into Towel Rack: