When Being a Hack Is Okay: Hacking, Modification, and Customization

Best of 2012

The word "hack" has evolved to encompass a wide array of projects, whether it's to alter the function of an electronic device beyond its original intent, manipulate the form and design of furnishings, or even change our own behaviors. Hacking isn't just a geeky endeavor any longer, it's at the heart of the DIY spirit, as showcased by the ten projects below...

Sarah's Simple Yet Stylish IKEA Hack 'n Stack TV Stand
Best Sugru Hacks
10 Amazing IKEA Desk Lamp and Task Light Hacks
Low-Tech Brain Hacks to Wake Up Fully in the Morning
How To Hack Your Wireless Doorbell to Use Custom Ringtones
The Two Room Pivoting TV IKEA Hack
How To Hack Apple TV in 3 Easy Steps
Hacking a 1st Gen Case for a New iPad
IKEA EXPEDIT Turned Into Giant iTunes Sound System
Want to Work On Something Big? Join a HackerSpace

Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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