Hamster and IKEA lover, Martina, combined her affinity for the chubby rodents and affordable Expedit shelving to create what may be our favourite DIY IKEA hack of all time...well, at least certainly for 2010, thus far. Like a museum/zoo exhibit come to life, Martina's hamsters are living like The Jeffersons in this 69" x 15" storage turned pet abode. Wonderful job!
Martina explains over at IKEA Hacker:
"I am an adult keeping a little dwarf hamster. I don't like the traditional cages - I find them indescribably ugly and also most of them are much smaller than the space recommendations given by animal rights organizations. So I looked for a solution that would provide my hamster with a lot of space to run, high levels of bedding to buddle and give me something beautiful to look at when watching the little furball go about her activities.
After lots of research and planning I hacked a 5x5 Expedit into my dream hamster cage. I got the Expedit used for €50,- and shortened it to 3 rows of 5 columns as the room would have looked too full with another 5x5 Expedit in it. I then added 2 sets of Capita feet (8 feet in total) to get the height I wanted (eye-level when I sit in my chair) and to get a more floating look."
We love this idea, fueling fantasies of creating a similar vivarium setup, but instead of cute mammals, we'd want a selection of insects, arachnids, amphibians and fish like the junior David Attenboroughs we imagine ourselves to be. Plenty more photos of this wonderful IKEA-based pet creation at Martina's Flickr page.