Integrating IKEA

13 Dec

Anyone decorating on a tight budget who lives within a 100 mile radius of an IKEA, has probably visited the superstore in search of new furniture. While many criticize the store because of its mass appeal and not so great craftsmanship, the fact of the matter is….when used properly IKEA is a goldmine! The trick is to be selective in IKEA purchases, and use the store’s products sparingly interchanging them with more unique/higher quality items. Another great way to utilize IKEA is through product “remixing”.

Examples of great uses of IKEA are below:

Photo: Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy’s 2010 Smallest Coolest Apartment contestant, Erica, incorporated IKEA’s Docksta table into her dining area. The tables price tag: $179. At times you can also catch them on Craigslist for cheaper.

Photo: Poppytalk

Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou came up with this clever IKEA remix that utilizes IKEA’s Hemma light cord. With just glue, strips of veneer, and a few other low cost items she created this masterpiece. You can create your own by following the instructions found here.

Photo: Unplggd

Another great IKEA lighting remix comes from Daniel Saakes. The fixture which he calls  the “Platonic Sun” lamp, is comprised of IKEA’s Lampan lamp priced at $4.99 (for one). Find instructions on how to make your own here.

Photo: Design*Sponge

Pictured above is IKEA’s Trollsta sideboard which cost $349. It’s kinda on the pricey side but super cute, high impact, and very versitile.


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