Everybody loves IKEA. Using a 3D printer, IKEA Hacks will instantly upgrade the furniture in your home.
Somewhere on the magical electronic interwebs, there is a website called IkeaHackers.net.
It’s a one-stop shop for instructions on modifying and repurposing IKEA products. Commonly known as IKEA hacks, the alterations can be as basic as a little embellishment here and there, or as complicated as a breaking out the power tools and safety goggles.
Naturally, the Swedish furniture giant doesn’t officially endorse or condone these modifications. But that hasn’t stopped them becoming very popular among devotees of their products.
And wouldn’t you know it, 3D printing has played an essential role in some of the best and the brightest IKEA hacks in the world today. Here’s a summary of best we could find, together with links for further instructions.
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3D Printer IKEA Hacks #1: LACK End-Caps
Let’s say you want to shorten the table legs of a LACK table. If that’s the case, you’ll definitely need these 3D printed end-caps, because the leg is hollow and needs something to plug the hole and stabilize the leg. GitHub Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #2: MARIUS Storage Net
Make a fancy little storage net to go under your MARIUS stools. These multifunctional hooks can be attached to anything, and are strong enough to hold a book or two. You’ll have to make the rope netting yourself, though! Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #3: LAMPAN Lampshade
Got yourself a LAMPAN lampshade? then choose from 29 different covers to 3D print, turning a rather ordinary lamp into something more unique. Between the choice of colors, filaments and shapes, you’ll have a 1001 customization options. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #4: POKAL Spice Shot Glasses
There comes a time when we have to put our drinking days behind us. Gone are the wild nights, replaced with civilized dinner parties. Upcycle your POKAL shot glasses into handy spice and herb containers, perfect for the kitchen or dinner table. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #5: GRUNDTAL Swivel Mounts
The GRUNDTAL spotlights may be bright and beautiful, but they’re also fixed in position. These swivel mounts will enhance them into industrial spotlights that are rotatable 180 degrees. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #6: SAMLA Lid Clips
The secret to a happy home is storage, storage, and more storage. These little clips will keep the lid from falling off the smaller SAMLA boxes. This clip works with the 5L, the 11L and the 22L boxes and their lids. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #7: ORDNING Wall Mount
The ORDNING is the ubiquitous cutlery caddy that every modern kitchen has. How about freeing up some surface space in your kitchen and wall mounting that sucker? With this custom 3D printed doohicky you can do exactly that. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #8: DIODER LED Vase Holder
This is one of our favorite IKEA hacks on the list. Combine a pint glass, a DIODER LED light, and this 3D printed base unit, and you have a simple vase with elegant underlighting to showcase your flowers. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #9: LEIRVIK Bedframe Minimizer
Some folks are of the opinion that the LEIRVIK bed is sturdy and indestructible, but the upper framework is a little too… fancy? With a minimum of effort, you can simplify the bedframe using 3D printed adapters. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #10: JANSJO Mounting Bracket
Another popular product, the JANSJO lights are a versatile and cheap source of lighting, but that clamping unit is not always ideal for your workspace. This 3D printed mounting bracket makes it suitable for smaller desks and workbenches. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #11: PERFEKT Knife Block
Got yourself a PERFEKT shelving unit going spare? Fill up the gap with this 3D printed knife block. Ugly shade of brown totally optional. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #12: EXPEDIT Side Table
Apparently, the EXPEDIT range is being phased out, but if you have a table with glass inserts, this IKEA hack converts into a sophisticated 3 legged side-table. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #13: HUTTEN Wine Rack Bracket
Ah, typical. You’ve got yourself a nice fancy bottle of Ouzo from that summer holiday in the Greek Islands, and it doesn’t fit on your HUTTEN wine rack. But don’t despair, simply print off a bracket to span the gap. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #14: STAM GoPro Mount
Another product that’s increasingly rare is the STAM kitchen timer, since they’re transitioning from analog to digital models. But if you have a GoPro action camera, they’re worth seeking out. This hack is a mount that enables you to take time-lapse panorama shots. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #15: LACK Table Feet
Okay, so you’ve shortened your LACK table. What if you change your mind and want to raise it even higher? These 3D printed feet should do the trick. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #16: IKEA Spare Parts
For a more general purpose hack, you’ll want to keep these STL files handy for your 3D printer. This is a set of dowels, arresters, brackets and rail mounts that should help you with any shortfall or replacement parts when assembling furniture. Sweet!
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #17: FROSTA Stool Bicycle
Calling the “Draisienne” an IKEA hack would be doing it an injustice. It’s a freakin’ work of art. Simply supplement a pair of FROSTA stools with some 3D printed bits and pieces, and you have an amazing little chopper for your kids to run around on. Cults3D Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #18: FROSTA Stool Luge
Using the same base materials as the Draisienne bike, you can also create a DIY Luge! This hack is more for the winter months and you need a nice project to keep the little ones preoccupied. What could be more fun than building your own sled? Cults3D Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #19: HEMMA Jellyfish Lampshade
A bog standard HEMMA table lamp is transformed into an ethereal work of wonder, with this lampshade in the style of a jellyfish. The files can be downloaded from Thingiverse, but if you’re daunted by the prospect of printing this object yourself, the designer is also selling it as a 3D printed item from her Shapeways storefront.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #20: SAMLA Filament Storage Solution
Give your 3D printer some love with an airtight filament storage solution made from a repurposed SAMLA storage box. Incorrectly stored filament can easy spoil and gum up the works in your printer, so this hack is vital for long-term quality printing. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #21: BILLY Bookcase Games Controller Holder
Gaming fans can also benefit using this hack for the BILLY bookcase. Simply stash your Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam controllers on the lip of the shelf (when they’re not in use). Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #22: POKAL Piggy Bank
Here’s another smart modification for the POKAL glassware family; you can fabricate the lower half of a piggy bank and slot it over the glass. Now you can keep a closer eye on your savings… quite literally. MyMiniFactory Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #23: BASISK Lithopane Lampshade
This is a more complex hack, which roughly broken into two parts requires you to create both the lithophane artwork that adorns the lampshade and also the frame used to support it. The results are worth it, however, with a unique, custom design of your own invention. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #24: TERTIAL Webcam Jib
If you’re an aspiring YouTube superstar, then you’ll need yourself a little home studio setup for filming videos for your channel. This hack is a Webcam Arm Lamp Truss, WALT for short, where you can modify a TERTIAL work lamp to mount and position your webcam. Thingiverse Download.
3D Printer IKEA Hacks #25: Fork/Spoon Handle
This hack is the winner of an Ultimaker community challenge, where a husband designed custom handles for IKEA Dragon cutlery so that his wife — who has problems with her joints — could better hold a fork and spoon at the dining table. How’s that for a definition of love? Ultimaker Download.
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