Instead of just one DIY project this week, we’re giving you a whole category of them. As it turns out, the clean Swedish design sense, when combined with the assemble-it-yourself nature of Ikea’s products, turns the whole store into something not far removed from Lego for grown-ups. If you’re willing to crumple up the icon-laden pictogram instruction sheets and toss them over your shoulder, add a few random components foraged from Craigslist, the Goodwill or your own garage, and not worry too much about “breaking the rules,” pretty much everything in the place can be re-purposed into something else. Stools become bookshelves, magazine boxes become a coffee table, a dresser becomes a kitchen island. All you need is the ability to see the thing you want hidden in the thing in front of you, some basic hand tools, and a little bit of fearlessness, and you can have the functional furniture you didn’t know you wanted.
To get you started, we’re just going to point you in the direction of the Ikea Hackers site and let you go to town. You’re sure to find something here that will make you say “wow, I need that in my living room!”
Naturally such a foray into the land of unbridled creativity requires musical accompaniment, and who better than geek-rock-god Jonathan Coulton? After you’ve listened to his Ikea song a few times, you can pop over to his website and buy the karaoke version for a buck and blow away the crowd at Robin’s on Friday night.