This $20 IKEA Kitchen Product Might Belong in Your Living Room or Office Instead

published Jun 28, 2023
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There are all kinds of IKEA hacks out there — clever ways to make the Swedish retailer’s furniture and decor offerings feel just a little more custom or useful than they already are. And some of the easiest, lowest-lift IKEA hacks — the ones that require zero paint or power tools and just a stretch of the imagination — are among the best ones, like this IKEA STOLTHET hack that I spied on TikTok. 

The STOLTHET, a bamboo cutting board, might not be as well-known as other commonly hacked products (hello, BILLY bookcase), but you’ll want to put it on your radar when you see how useful it can be. It’s approximately 14 by 9 inches with two legs to elevate it (originally made with this feature so that the containers from IKEA’s 365+ Line could slide under it), and as it turns out, those two little legs are what make it great for hacking. 

Yes, you can use the $20 board to chop carrots and cucumbers and such, but you can also use it as a serving tray (breakfast in bed or charcuterie, anyone?) — or you can use it for nothing related to food at all, as some clever content creators have done recently.

TikToker Alina (@homebyalina) flipped the STOLTHET upside down and used the two protruding legs as bookends — a $20 hack that adds some natural tones and textures to her living room. Below, Medina Grillo of Grillo Designs showcases how she uses the STOLTHET-as-bookends trick on a nightstand and on living room shelving, and she also shows that you can stick a small open storage box underneath to make a mini sliding drawer of sorts — and that you can use the STOLTHET as a laptop stand. There you have it — three great no-tools-required hacks for the new(ish) cutting board. 

Because the cutting board is mostly flat, it would be easy to paint or cover with contact paper for a bit more color, but it also looks chic (and organic) as is. For more no-tools-required, IKEA kitchen tool-as-book-storage inspo, check out this hack, also from Grillo, where a slotted plate rack (like the OSTBIT) becomes hanging book storage.

That one cost about $15! We love a low-budget book organization IKEA hack. And if you’re not near an IKEA, you can still get your hands on the STOLTHET and the OSTBIT online at Amazon, though you’ll be paying a slight premium for the convenience and ease of shipping. Either way, you’re one step closer to the organizational system of your dreams.