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Can You Spot It? 10 Nearly Unrecognizable IKEA Hacks

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: vtwonen)

To pull off a truly spectacular IKEA hack, you need tools, talent and an unflappable vision. You need to be able to look at a footstool and see a shelving unit. Can you tell what IKEA products inspired each of these nearly unrecognizable hacks?

Above: From stool to hanging shelves.

Workspace shelving from Dutch magazine vtwonen, made from a FROSTA stool.

(Image credit: The Clever Bunny)

From clothes hamper to side table.

This table was crafted from an ANTONIUS laundry hamper by The Clever Bunny.

(Image credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel)

From bowl to pendant light.

Kind of a Tom Dixon knock-off, crafted from an ANGENAM platter by Sarah Sherman Samuel for A Beautiful Mess.

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

From bowls to a globe that’s also storage.

Kristi Murphy painted two BLANDA MATT bamboo bowls and fastened them with a hinge to create this clever trinket-storing solution.

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

From throw to maxi skirt.

With a little practice draping, an EIVOR striped throw blanket becomes a chic skirt, again from Kristi Murphy.

(Image credit: Melissa Esplin)

From pillowcase to tote bag.

Melissa Esplin was inspired by a challenge from IKEA themselves to make this leather-bottomed tote from a MALIN FIGUR pillowcase.

(Image credit: Samuel Bernier)

From stool to kids’ toy bicycle.

The FROSTA stool is reinvented again, this time as a push bike featured on Mashable, by artists Andreas Bhend and Samuel Bernier.

(Image credit: Daniel Kanter)

From vanity mirror to wall sconce.

Daniel of Manhattan Nest removes the mirror part of the FRÄCK and adds an exposed bulb and colorful cord to create this bedside sconce.

(Image credit: Marloes van Heteren)

From vases to a bathroom wall.

You look at REKTANGEL and see a place to stick flowers, this IKEA Hacker (Marloes van Heteren in Amsterdam) sees the perfect bricks for a translucent bathroom wall divider.

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

From faux-sheepskin rug to vest.

A pair of IKEA’s faux-fur TEJN rugs make for a cozy winter vest, as seen in this DIY from Kristi Murphy on Brit + Co.

Re-edited from a post originally published 10.4.15-NT