Have we sung the praises of IKEA enough? Its assemble-it-yourself minimalist Swedish furniture and decor lends itself perfectly to being put back together in creative ways. OK, so we should probably be singing the praises of the hackers who come up with this stuff, then share it to we all can follow. Just like this one: A sleek and breathable radiator cover from IKEA closet shoe racks.
Turns out those Antonius shoe racks (the ones that link up with IKEA's Antonius closet system) are designed with a little ledge and screw grooves that make them perfect for building in to a box. Add to that their breathable all-over square holes and you've got the perfect IKEA hack: A three-rack radiator cover.
Hacker G.V.M. from The Netherlands tells IKEA Hacker how he did it:
With our bedroom dress boys in place, I also wanted to cover the radiator: It didn't look nice, giving the room an unfinished look. I found the metal plates with rectangular holes in them from the Antonius system, intended to be shoe racks (these are now discontinued). I used three.
The sides have little "hooks" that fit perfect over small screws that have the head still sticking out a little. The wooden slats in between are fixed with magnets, so the whole thing can be quite easily dismantled for cleaning, repair, taking a picture for IKEA Hacker, etc. It took some exact measuring, but gives a nice clean finish.
As he mentioned, they are discontinuted, but if you'd like to try your hand at this project, check around on Craigslist and in your local IKEA's As-Is section.
(Interested in those wall-mounted chair dress boys? Yeah, we were too. It's another one of G.V.M.'s IKEA hacks. Check it out here.)