Rethink It: 4 Ways to Use IKEA MANDAL That's Not a Headboard

Rethink It: 4 Ways to Use IKEA MANDAL That's Not a Headboard

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Carrie McBride
Aug 31, 2015

With its adjustable shelves, the IKEA Mandal headboard is already fairly adaptable, but have you thought of using it in ways other than a headboard? These folks did; perhaps it will inspire you to look at the Mandal with new eyes of possibility.

Source: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

Room Divider

Several Mandal together act as a room divider in this small studio apartment to shield a sleeping area from the living room, with storage and display possibilities on both sides.

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(Image credit: Bloesem Kids)

Display Shelf

The Mandal looks great painted and offers a lot of flexibility for displaying objects. Here it is in a baby boy's nursery.

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Similarly, it's used in this living room as a "super feature wall" to display art and objects.

Source: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

Super Storage

This guy wanted to store his LEGO, but also make it accessible. He attached GLIS boxes to the Mandal with binder clips and now it's easy to see where everything is and reach it. This idea could be easily adapted to craft items, hardware pieces or any other small bits and bobs.

Source: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

Small Space Entryway

The Mandal adds a lot of functionality to this narrow entryway without eating up floor space.

Source: IKEA Hackers
(Image credit: IKEA Hackers)

Here's a similar idea, in an even smaller space where pieces of Mandal are hung vertically and turned into a coat rack.

Have you used the Mandal in any interesting ways?

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