If You Can't Beat 'Em, Embrace 'Em: How to Decorate Unsightly Cables and Wires

By: Miki40 Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Ah...the wireless era! We're almost there, really, but it's taking too long. Why does the back of my desk have to look like an initiation test for a bomb squad?

Is this a gender issue? I mean, do guys find this photo appealing? Even Attractive? (Ed. - absolutely not.

Why did a box filled with electrical cords in our recent garage sale yielded the highest profit in… Continue Reading

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IKEA Hack: Make Custom Speaker Stands from Lamps

By: Diy maven Nov 03, 2011

Polsia wanted to elevate a couple of speakers to give them a 'mod look'. The thought was perhaps using a couple of vases, but when Polsia spotted the IKEA's Lampan Lamp ($7.99), inspiration struck.… Continue Reading

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How to: Create Your Own Graphic "Wallpaper" with Patterned Fabric

By: Chrisjob Sep 08, 2011

Friend o' Curbly Jessica Jones says, "I couldn't stand our boring white door anymore. Something had to be done. So over the weekend, we wallpapered it with a big, fun piece of fabric. I love it. And it's useful, too. There are four white doors in this corner of the apartment—bedroom, bathroom, coat closet, and outer door—and sometimes departing guests get confused about which one they came through. Now we'll just tell them to exit through the… Continue Reading

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How To: Turn Any Bookshelf Into a Fold-Out Desk

By: Chrisjob Aug 31, 2011

I work from home, so I'm extremely grateful to have a dedicated office and craft room. But, I realize that's not always possible when space is at a premium. Luckily, if you have a space to store your books, you have space to create a custom, storable office, in the form of a fold-out… Continue Reading

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Make: A Cherry Blossom Lantern

By: Diy maven May 11, 2011

created at: 05/11/2011

Joey took a plain old Ikea paper lantern and turned it into a garden of cherry blossoms. She used a bit of paint and faux cherry blossoms. However, if you'd rather make your… Continue Reading

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How To: Calm Your Alarm Clock's Display and Sleep Better for 25 cents

By: Chrisjob Feb 15, 2011

created at: 02/15/2011

I'm a terrible sleeper. I struggle with falling asleep, and staying asleep. I got it from my dad, and I've tried meditation, different levels of mattress and pillow softness, earplugs, heavy curtains, and everything I can think of. And I've learned a few things over the years of trying to feel rested: I need a little bit of distraction to occupy my mind to fall asleep, and once I'm there, I need an absolutely black and silent room to stay… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

By: Chrisjob Jan 13, 2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/13/2011

Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and "don't lose me" documents. I seriously dislike the look of white dry-erase boards, and needed something that didn't require pins or thumbtacks to attach documents. I've used magnetic paint before, but found it takes several coats and very strong magnets to… Continue Reading

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Ikea Hack: The Ultimate Twin High Chair

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2011

Twins. Double the double the love; double the stuff. Joslyn and Jakob needed high chairs, but instead of buying two of them, their daddy, Jared, hacked a table from Ikea and turned it… Continue Reading

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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

By: Chrisjob Jan 11, 2011

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/11/2011

Part III: The Custom Desk

(Read Part II here) Having figured out a functional floorplan, I busted out the hex-key and got things assembled. I chose a basic rectangular desk top with basic legs for my media workstation, and weeded my collection of gear down the essentials. It was still very apparent, however, that I… Continue Reading

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Grönö Lamp Negative Makeover

By: Diy maven Jan 10, 2011

Now THIS is my kind of Ikea hack. It starts with a cheap ($7) Grönö lamp and ends up a delicious accent lamp.… Continue Reading

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Desk-A-Day: How to Make a Wall Mounted Computer Station

By: Chrisjob Jan 07, 2011

created at: 01/05/2011

Today's Desk-A-Day post is extra special: not only does it provide a bit of inspiration, it shows you how to make your own wall-mounted computer station. This is perfect for those without a dedicated room to house a desktop computer, but who need a little bit of space to get work done without getting absorbed into the rest of the… Continue Reading

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UNIKEA: The Ultimate Ikea Hack?

By: Diy maven Jan 03, 2011

BRIA 2 IKEA Standard Furniture Turned into Original Bookshelves by Kenyon Yeh

London-based designer Kenyon Yeh is probably one of those people who doesn't follow assembly instructions and is proud of it. Kenyon's UNIKEA collection starts with flat-packed IKEA furniture, but each were assembled as he pleased… Continue Reading

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'Enje' Window Blind Makeover

By: Diy maven Nov 29, 2010

created at: 11/29/2010

The Evil Mad Scientists got all evil-mad with an IKEA Enje window blind and turned it into a custom-made window covering. Some of the stuff they used include Robogrips, a stapler, fusible tape,… Continue Reading

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Make a Torka Back-Lit Frame

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2010

Michael's apartment needed two things: more light and more art. He solved both problems by getting all clever with a couple of IKEA Ribba… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Cardboard T-Shirt Folding Jig

By: Chrisjob Aug 16, 2010

created at: 08/16/2010

French clothier All-Tribes created this awesome, short video that shows us how to create a tool for perfect and super fast t-shirt folding.

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How To: Hack a Keychain Card for Easier Wallet Storage

By: Chrisjob Jul 19, 2010

created at: 07/19/2010

I do my best to shy away from any extra keyring accessories: no decorative keychains, fobs, or extras for me. When offered a discount or loyalty membership, I always opt for the credit card sized version rather than the keychainable one.

Recently, a bunch of small, local businesses banded together to create a great program that I'm excited to support, and the only way to access it? Keychain card. I tried storing it in my wallet, but it… Continue Reading

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Make a 3-Roll Masking Tape Dispenser

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2010

3 Roll Masking Tape Dispenser

This masking tape dispenser could be a blessing to DIYer types everywhere. Instructable-er groenert tells us we'll need the following to make one:

  • half-gallon paper carton of the milk variety
  • corrugated cardboard… Continue Reading
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Ikea Hack: Hemma Light Chandelier

By: Chrisjob Jan 20, 2010

A trip to Ikea and the hardware store, a scant hundred bones, and my, oh, my, what a dramatic outcome. Instructables user coozerlv created a huge impact with ten Hemma light cord sets and a weekend.

Connect bulbs and you

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Ikea Hack Mashup: Enzo Mari Table that Allows Everyone to Judge Production with a Critical Eye.

By: Chrisjob Dec 08, 2009

Ikea x Enzo Mari Mashup Table

Ikea Hack, n. a reconstitution of Ikea product supplies or parts to create an object different in use or design.

Mash Up, n. a work of art or process which recombines and modifies existing  works to create a derivative but original work.

Ikea Hack Mash Up, n. Awesome.

Greg has spent the last two years combining these two fantastic ideas. "An EFFE table based on a 1974 design by Enzo Mari, but made entirely from unfinished pine components of… Continue Reading

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Ikea Hack: The Gorm Shelving Bench.

By: Chrisjob Nov 07, 2009

created at: 2009-11-07

The Gorm Shelving System from Ikea is a unique offering - it's made of real fir, rather than Ikea's might-as-well-have-invented-it laminate-coated compressed fiberboard recipe. Cool, but the downside? Sometimes softwoods simply ain't straight, and your Gorm ends up a little crooked.

No worries, says Randofo. I'll just make a bench… Continue Reading

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