Founded in 1943, the Swedish giant Ikea has changed the way we shop design and furniture forever. In a rapidly evolving industry where new trends are born every day, while new products emerge to improve our lives, Ikea has remained relevant for almost 80 years with its solid fanbase.

And fans, they know what they are getting into – from Scandinavian minimalist design and ready-to-assemble furniture anyone can nail, to friendly prices, weird (or rather, charming!) product names, that iconic blue and yellow plastic shopping bag and simply unbeatable Swedish meatballs with cranberry sauce. How can you not love this?!

No wonder Ikea aficionados gather together in communities online to share their interest and love for all things Ikea. One such group is the Reddit community “Ikea Hacks” which presents itself as “a smart community focused on helping people build the perfect furniture for their living space using items sold by IKEA.”

With 109k members, the subreddit has become a destination for smart interior and furniture ideas to make out of Ikea products, and this is basically a treasure box for anyone in the mood for a home makeover or a full-on renovation.

Scroll down below through the smartest hacks! And when you're done with this post, be sure to check out more Ikea hacks right here.

#1

I Finally Finished My "Library" With Floor To Ceiling Shelves (Still Need To Put In New Flooring)

I Finally Finished My "Library" With Floor To Ceiling Shelves (Still Need To Put In New Flooring)

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Rowlie
Community Member
2 months ago

goals

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#2

I Hacked An Kvistbro Table To Be A Cute Pet Crate For My Dog (And Cats)

I Hacked An Kvistbro Table To Be A Cute Pet Crate For My Dog (And Cats)

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Kat O.
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this! Such a cute idea!

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#3

A Simple Hack Cutting A Keyhole Shape Into An End Table For A Handy Tree Table!

A Simple Hack Cutting A Keyhole Shape Into An End Table For A Handy Tree Table!

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

Shut up and take my money!

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Bored Panda reached out to the moderator of the Ikea Hacks subreddit who goes by the handle u/6745408 to find out more about this community that gathers Ikea aficionados from all around the world. The moderator told us that they actually adopted the sub. “I’m not sure who started it, but one night I was looking for a way to make the POÄNG chair more ergonomic or even less bouncy,” they recounted.

That’s when u/6745408 stumbled upon the Ikea Hacks subreddit. “I found /r/ikeahacks with a few hundred subscribers and a lot of spam and no moderators. I figured I’d request the sub, set up some simple automation to clean it up and find someone to mod it,” the moderator said. They gave up on the POÄNG chair, but never left the sub. “I love seeing all of the stuff people come up with,” the mod added.

#4

My Solution To Keeping The Cat Off The Desk

My Solution To Keeping The Cat Off The Desk

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Kat O.
Community Member
2 months ago

And still a perfect petting height!

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#5

An Unusual Ikeahack - This Regency Gown Is Made From An IKEA Duvet Cover! It’s A Perfect Print For Around 1800 And Is 100% Cotton! Even A Single Duvet Cover Contains Quite A Lot Of Fabric

An Unusual Ikeahack - This Regency Gown Is Made From An IKEA Duvet Cover! It’s A Perfect Print For Around 1800 And Is 100% Cotton! Even A Single Duvet Cover Contains Quite A Lot Of Fabric

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Big Blue Cat
Community Member
2 months ago

I have this duvet cover and I love the print!

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#6

Converted The Guest Room Closet Into A Craft Space

Converted The Guest Room Closet Into A Craft Space

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Love it!

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The moderator assured us that the audience of Ikea Hacks is “a really nice community, for the most part. The ideas people come up with are really great, too.” According to the moderator, everybody in the subreddit has an interest in modding flat-packed furniture, even if they don’t actually do it.

#7

Duktig Doll Bed And Handmade Covers For My Little Buddy

Duktig Doll Bed And Handmade Covers For My Little Buddy

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mulk
Community Member
2 months ago

aaaawwwww

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#8

Adjustable Window Desk

Adjustable Window Desk

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome!

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#9

Kind Of Silly, But I'm Proud Of My Ingenuity. The IKEA Lamp (Fado) Was Brighter In Home Than In Store And Hurt To Look At So I Cut A Hole In The Back Of The $5 IKEA Basket I Also Bought (No Product Name Online). Super Cool Mood Light!

Kind Of Silly, But I'm Proud Of My Ingenuity. The IKEA Lamp (Fado) Was Brighter In Home Than In Store And Hurt To Look At So I Cut A Hole In The Back Of The $5 IKEA Basket I Also Bought (No Product Name Online). Super Cool Mood Light!

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
2 months ago

Perfect.

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When asked how, in their opinion, Ikea has managed to remain relevant in this competitive industry of interior and furniture design, the moderator said there are reasons for its enduring popularity, according to them. “Flat-packed furniture isn’t far off from LEGO. Even simple hacks like adding legs to a shelving unit can elevate a piece of furniture. A lot of IKEA furniture is nice enough on its own, but building in shelving units, for instance, can really make a place feel like a permanent space, which is important,” u/6745408 explained.

“When it comes down to it, if your space needs something, you can usually find the parts to create the perfect piece of furniture, even if it takes a little planning and elbow grease,” they added.

#10

I Decoupaged Prints Of Starry Night To The Drawers, And Layered Metallic Paint And Medium Over Them For A Painterly Texture. Base Is Stained With Watered Down Paint And Sealed

I Decoupaged Prints Of Starry Night To The Drawers, And Layered Metallic Paint And Medium Over Them For A Painterly Texture. Base Is Stained With Watered Down Paint And Sealed

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

So pretty.

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#11

Simple Hack, I Mounted My Ekby Hall Wall Brackets Inverted So I Could Use The Brackets As Natural Bookends For The Shelf

Simple Hack, I Mounted My Ekby Hall Wall Brackets Inverted So I Could Use The Brackets As Natural Bookends For The Shelf

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Cactus McCoy
Community Member
2 months ago

Will the screws bear the load of the books?

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#12

Using Toilet Paper Holder As Headphone Stand

Using Toilet Paper Holder As Headphone Stand

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LuckyL
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a really cool idea!!

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When it comes to the content that gets shared on the Ikea Hacks community, the moderator said it’s a mix of show-and-tell and questions. “There are lots of simple mods like painting or using Mactac, plenty of offices/battlestations, elaborate shelving setups, bars, and even greenhouses using cabinets (see /r/IkeaGreenhouseClub).”

#13

Ivar Hidden Desk

Ivar Hidden Desk

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

Now you see me...now you don't! :P

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#14

Whole New Level Of Hack

Whole New Level Of Hack

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Funky

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#15

Upgraded My Cat's Toilet With This Bestå Litterbox Hack

Upgraded My Cat's Toilet With This Bestå Litterbox Hack

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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

my cat wouldn't use it. she needs to make eye contact while doing her business... and she doesn't like dark spaces/places (she cries when it too dark in the guest room WHILE SHE SLEEPS)

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With so many wonderful ideas and tips shared on the Ikea Hacks community, it may be overwhelming to pick out the best ones. So moderator u/6745408 shared a couple of their favorite ones that you may find just as interesting. Check out this unbelievable library, this mirror wall, this bar the moderator said they send to everybody, this smart greenhouse with the pegboard and, last but not least, this dress made from a duvet.

#16

I Painted A Kullen Into A Nintendo NES For My Son’s Room

I Painted A Kullen Into A Nintendo NES For My Son’s Room

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Kat O.
Community Member
2 months ago

That's really cool and unique!

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#17

My Fjallbo Hacked Bar

My Fjallbo Hacked Bar

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Biliegh Berrie
Community Member
2 months ago

Reminds me of the 60s for some reason. This is pretty cool

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#18

Billy Bookcase With Plywood Front For The Built-In Look

Billy Bookcase With Plywood Front For The Built-In Look

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Maggie
Community Member
2 months ago

Lovely transformation

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#19

100% Recycled Material, Some Hot Glue And Duct Tape, And A Fathers Imagination And A Happy Kid

100% Recycled Material, Some Hot Glue And Duct Tape, And A Fathers Imagination And A Happy Kid

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

What a good dad and a money saver to boot.

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#20

My 17oz DIY Ultralight IKEA Camping Backpack Made Out Of Frakta Bags

My 17oz DIY Ultralight IKEA Camping Backpack Made Out Of Frakta Bags

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T Simmons
Community Member
2 months ago

sweaty and loud!

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#21

I Built This Mirror Wall, Using Lots Of Mirror Tiles And Some Wood

I Built This Mirror Wall, Using Lots Of Mirror Tiles And Some Wood

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

Why do I love this so much? *>*

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#22

Who Says You Can’t Have A Shed In An Apartment? 42 Units Of Trofast Units Into A Single Pax Wardrobe

Who Says You Can’t Have A Shed In An Apartment? 42 Units Of Trofast Units Into A Single Pax Wardrobe

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Bored Retsuko
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm envious. 😁

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#23

Saw This Billy Hack All Over Pinterest. Finally Made My Own

Saw This Billy Hack All Over Pinterest. Finally Made My Own

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

I LOVE IT!

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#24

I Needed A Crafting Nook, So I Removed My Track Closet Drawers And Created This Space In My Guest Bedroom Closet!

I Needed A Crafting Nook, So I Removed My Track Closet Drawers And Created This Space In My Guest Bedroom Closet!

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

So jealous of this.

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#25

I Found An Hemnes Shelf In The As-Is Area And Upholstered Some Fabric To The Top To Help My Dogs Get On The Bed. They Could Never Use Pet Steps And This Is Shorter The Normal End Of Bed Furniture So They Are Able To Hop On It

I Found An Hemnes Shelf In The As-Is Area And Upholstered Some Fabric To The Top To Help My Dogs Get On The Bed. They Could Never Use Pet Steps And This Is Shorter The Normal End Of Bed Furniture So They Are Able To Hop On It

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QueenRhye
Community Member
2 months ago

I can hear the voices Why would you want your dog to get on your bed? But I totally get it. Lovely job.

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#26

This Was A Pain In The A** But Well Worth The Effort. Sektion + Grimslov, Saljan Top, Billy Bookcase Hack

This Was A Pain In The A** But Well Worth The Effort. Sektion + Grimslov, Saljan Top, Billy Bookcase Hack

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Schnee Wittchen
Community Member
2 months ago

It is just perfect!

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#27

My IKEA Kitchen With Custom Fronts

My IKEA Kitchen With Custom Fronts

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clbruss
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous

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#28

First Time Staining... I Love How This Turned Out! (Ivar With Foldable Table!)

First Time Staining... I Love How This Turned Out! (Ivar With Foldable Table!)

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
2 months ago

That's pretty damn gorgeous.

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#29

Finally Finished My Custom Home Office Using Eket And Alex Cabinets!

Finally Finished My Custom Home Office Using Eket And Alex Cabinets!

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Daria Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Awwwesome!

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#30

Rudsta Greenhouse Cabinet

Rudsta Greenhouse Cabinet

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful. It reminds me of the greenhouse cabinets you can buy in Animal Crossing.

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#31

I Gave My Old Hemnes Dresser A Lick Of Paint

I Gave My Old Hemnes Dresser A Lick Of Paint

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Emi
Community Member
2 months ago

That shade of green is beautifull!

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#32

Fintorp Used To Hang Plants On My Ceiling

Fintorp Used To Hang Plants On My Ceiling

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

Make sure when you water them, they dont have holes!

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#33

Turned The IKEA Ps Lamp Into A Disco Ball And I'm In Love With It!

Turned The IKEA Ps Lamp Into A Disco Ball And I'm In Love With It!

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd be more impressed if it had been dressed up as a Deathstar

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#34

IKEA Waste Buckets, Attached To Door With Pulley System For The Lids

IKEA Waste Buckets, Attached To Door With Pulley System For The Lids

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BoredBirb
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a whole new level

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#35

I Built A Sliding Bookcase Out Of 3 IKEA Besta Bookshelves With 6 Casters Screwed To A Large Bottom Plate

I Built A Sliding Bookcase Out Of 3 IKEA Besta Bookshelves With 6 Casters Screwed To A Large Bottom Plate

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Arik
Community Member
2 months ago

I like the little framed jaws poster

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#36

Window Benches With Storage, Made With Sektion Over Fridge Cabinets, 2x4 Base With Baseboards, 2x6 Appearance Boards On Top, Painted

Window Benches With Storage, Made With Sektion Over Fridge Cabinets, 2x4 Base With Baseboards, 2x6 Appearance Boards On Top, Painted

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Bored Retsuko
Community Member
2 months ago

I would love this if there were drawers rather than doors.

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#37

Hemnes Bookshelf Hack From Cabinets And Shelves

Hemnes Bookshelf Hack From Cabinets And Shelves

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HannEli
Community Member
2 months ago

I.... absolutely love this. This looks awesome!!!

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#38

Havsta Units Turned Into A Built In

Havsta Units Turned Into A Built In

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Emi
Community Member
2 months ago

No, I'm totally not jealous

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#39

My Use For The 3 Inch Gap Between Cabinets

My Use For The 3 Inch Gap Between Cabinets

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Jihana
Community Member
2 months ago

Huh, that's smart

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#40

I Used The Fabrikor Cabinet To Build An Indoor Greenhouse!

I Used The Fabrikor Cabinet To Build An Indoor Greenhouse!

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Rebecca O’Donnell
Community Member
2 months ago

This is fabulous!

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#41

Classic Hack

Classic Hack

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Catherine Binder
Community Member
2 months ago

Love!

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#42

Customised Billy Bookcase TV Wall

Customised Billy Bookcase TV Wall

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Arik
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks great

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#43

Like Many, I Used The Kura As A Starting Point For Something More Fun

Like Many, I Used The Kura As A Starting Point For Something More Fun

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Lily and Artie
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to have this bed!

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#44

Wall Panel Made Out Of IKEA Cabinet Doors

Wall Panel Made Out Of IKEA Cabinet Doors

_Miezo_ Report

Vanessa Richardson
Community Member
2 months ago

For anyone else wondering, I looked it up. You can buy just the cabinet doors by themselves! (Apologies if I’m the only one who didn’t already know that😅)

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#45

Our Hemnes Dresser Was Falling Apart, So I Gave It A Slight Makeover

Our Hemnes Dresser Was Falling Apart, So I Gave It A Slight Makeover

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Sanni Salo
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful!

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#46

Karlby Laundry Room Counter + Custom Shoe Rack/Cat Litter Drawer

Karlby Laundry Room Counter + Custom Shoe Rack/Cat Litter Drawer

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Ganta S
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a speaker system

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#47

Was Told To Post This Here. I Built A 3D Printer Enclosure From 2 IKEA Lack Side Tables. All The Blue Pieces Are 3D Printed

Was Told To Post This Here. I Built A 3D Printer Enclosure From 2 IKEA Lack Side Tables. All The Blue Pieces Are 3D Printed

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Issey
Community Member
2 months ago

A 3d printed 3d printer case. Could you... by any chance... print a 3d printer?

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#48

Built In Pax Wardrobe

Built In Pax Wardrobe

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Michaele
Community Member
2 months ago

We did this in all our bedrooms! I love this hack so much. My mom is a professional interior designer and she recommends this to all her clients.

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#49

Repurposed Kallax For Camping Gear

Repurposed Kallax For Camping Gear

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CaptainDinosaur
Community Member
2 months ago

I need something like this to sort out the nest of chaos that is my archery c**p.

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#50

Tired Dad Hacks Feat. Gamleby

Tired Dad Hacks Feat. Gamleby

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Emi
Community Member
2 months ago

That probably would have taken more time and effort to make than to get a chair from another room. But that is kinda cool!

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