Hacking IKEA stuff: From stool to bedside table

I wanted to convert these IKEA stools to bedside tables. The reason was that they match the rest of the bedroom furniture abd there was limited space near the beds, so we could not really  use normal bedside tables. 

INGOLF is a great basic stiol from IKEA  

To add a shelf to it, I just got an extra shelf of KOMOLEMENT  and cut two pieces at the right size, using my table saw.


 I decided to remove the diagonal support pieces, to make it look more like a bedside table and less like a stool.


it was then easy to fit the custom shelf using a couple of plastic fittings:

I used iron-on tape I bought on Ebay to hide the cut sides of the shelf. I got 5cm, to cover both the shelf side and the horizontal support piece. The tape was a but wider than required, so I removed the excess using a chisel. It was the first time I used this simple iton-on tape and I think it worked pretty well.  


And here is the final result. One extra shelf where we need it!


Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 5]

I needed a case for the RaspberryPi. The good thing about the RPi being a business card-sized computer is that it fits nicely in a plastic box from old business cards. If you look on Ebay, you can buy 20 of them for £5 including delivery.

The boxes make fantastic custom RPi cases! I didn’t spend too much time and effort in cutting these accurately, but the result is fine for the purpose. All the necessary ports are exposed and the GPio cables have a custom hole.

The board fits snuggly in the box, so I did not bother fixing it. A bit of bluetack was used to stick the plastic box on the metal frame.

Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 3]

Step one was to draw the positions of the buttons on a piece of paper. I secured the drawing with some tape. P1000883_small

I first drilled pilot holes, then used a 16mm metal drillbit to widen the hole.P1000891 copy


A step drillbit was then used to accurately widen the button holes to the right size.

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An additional hole was added for the tablet charging cable.

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Wire harness in place.

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The tablet stand was created from scratch, using a perforated steel sheet I had in the workshop.P1000904 copy


I drilled a hole first and then, using the vice and a piece of wood as a guide, I gave it the right shape. The gap is wide enough to accommodate even a 10″ tablet.

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For now it holds an old Google Asus Nexus tablet

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An angled USB charging cable makes the connection looking quite neat.

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Hacking an IKEA mirror [part 1]

In a recent trip to IKEA, I found an interesting and very “hackable ” item: the TYNSES mirror:

hackable mirror from IKEA

hackable mirror from IKEA

[link to IKEA]

I wasn’t really interested in the actual mirror. I was after the nice metal frame. I removed the mirror, which was held in place by 6 stickers and I’m planning on making it a panel on which I will add 8 buttons connected to a raspberry pi. Then the panel will be clamped on my desk, allowing me to run things by pressing a combination of the buttons.

The buttons will be at the bottom part, in two rows. I’m thinking of having an old Nexus at the top, as a mini screen connected to the Raspberry Pi.

I will post more on this later on, as I build it.

Italian workshop on Arduino/Ikea Lamps!

It came to my attention today that a workshop took place in Italy a while ago on Arduino/Ikea lamps. This was an Arduino Workshop, part of the Torino Design Week.

Event Description:

Video on Vimeo:

Arduino Code:

Blog post:

My original Arduino/Ikea lamp post was used quite a bit. One of my photos was used on the event description
and a few code posts referenced my site. I was surprised to see that I even got a credit on the video posted at Vimeo! Thanks guys!