Monday, October 3, 2011

Ikea Rykene Hack

have you heard of "ikea hack"s?  i love this website: ikea hackers.
colin and i love ikea, our house is like an ikea showroom.  it's stylish, most pieces double as storage, and it's inexpensive.  we also love the idea of turning something old into something new with a little elbow grease.
the plan was to hack our ikea rykene bed frame into something more modern and stylish.  we were going to change the shape of the headboard and make a new, homemade headboard using plywood, cotton batting & black fabric to attach to the back.
we documented our hack in photos, enjoy:

from $71 in supplies (thank goodness we kept our receipts to return it all!) to a $219 ikea malm bed frame instead.
the finished result wasn't the original intention but we're very happy with the results :)
have you ever started a project that didn't end the way you wanted it to?  have you hacked anything that worked out perfectly?


  1. Oh man I cracked up when I read this!

    When I attempted to hang my first set of floating shelves it ended in me crying and my boyfriend calling his step-dad to come fix the MANY holes in the walls. It. was. a. disaster.

    Now I know you need tools for things like finding studs or making pilot holes. Hanging floating shelves with your know-how and a phillips head screwdriver is THE recipe for failure.

    1. I hung my floating shelves with special screws and anchors for drywall with an electric screwdriver. No problems...they are still on the wall 3

  2. We hacked our bed by adding shallow wooden boxes from Michaels to the headboard behind the bars. We just replaced that bed with a malm :)