Urbanites hoping to better their apartments with space-saving loft beds, elegant glass divider walls or built-in storage compartments are all too often let down once they see what these fantasy furnishings can cost. Those of us who are handy may take the DIY route, but not everyone is a natural Bob Vila. Luckily, there's a happy medium between purchasing pricey new furniture and starting from scratch - IKEA hacking! This resourceful practice involves taking IKEA pieces (preferably ones you already own or got secondhand) and taking advantage of their modular nature to transform them into your dream configurations. Read on for some of our favorite tutorials seen at Ikeahackers.
A former maid's room has been restructured around a block of contiguous, which are embedded kitchen, bathroom, staircase and mezzanine.
View of living room, where the structure étonnate fit in a single block of medium, a cabin with water, a micro kitchen, a staircase and a mezzanine. A straight staircase lit by a skylight leads to the loft-room. In the kitchen, the high table-shaped bean is used to both bar, dining and work plan. Below, we housed a storage locker.
A fireplace and nineteenth floors are original features. At left is the high table block kitchen housed in the mezzanine. Behind the staircase, the first step serves as a small bench, is an ingenious piece of furniture in medium with each step contains a drawer or storage box.
A fireplace and nineteenth floors are original features. At left is the high table block kitchen housed in the mezzanine. Behind the staircase, the first step serves as a small bench, is an ingenious piece of furniture in medium with each step contains a drawer or chest of rangement.Sous the mezzanine, the booth water is separated from the kitchen by a Japanese paper wall. In this micro-part that contains a shower and toilet, it has a built-in stainless steel bowl in a plate of medium as a sink.
In the kitchen of 27 sq ft (2.50 m2), all appliances - fridge, two washers and four from among the smallest in the market - is stowed under the plan. Above the cooking point, a strip in medium hides a hood and a neon. In the upper part, an opening was created to take advantage of natural light that illuminates the stairway.
Today all that nomadic telecommuters need is internet access, a phone, and some strong coffee. Waskman Design Studio’s stunning mobile home, designed for Vodafone, has all of those things (except the caffeine). The solar powered trailer was created for Vodafone to show off its fixed phone and wireless internet service, and is currently occupied by blogger Marcos Morales and his family as they travel through Spain on a family vacation!
The Vodaphone trailer home is constructed from white polyethylene panels and transparent polycarbonate. The two-floor structure measures 6 meters in length, 2.5 meters in width and 3.85 meters high. The home is organized like a loft, with a bedroom on the second floor and office and kitchen space on the bottom floor. Rooftop solar panels power the Morales family’s electronics.
Check out the continuing story of the Morales’ trip at their website.
The trailer packs a punch with smart division of space, functional storage areas, mini bathroom, work and leisure area, and sleep area with two full sized beds that sleeps 4 people (5 people including the couch).
Japan Interior 119 sq ft Full Height 15 ft Seats 3 Sleeps 4
Who says you need to sacrifice comfort and amenities for space? This DIY duo has included everything...and the kitchen sink, full bath with shower/tub/toilet, and a comfortable sleep area. Other features include a lift that transforms into a sleep area, creative storage (could easily be adapted nicely into a micro home or small apt), ample windows, and a small deck.
Next Generation House created by Sou Fujimoto Architects is a small housing module for weekend use, located on the edge of a forest overlooking the River Kuma at Kumakura, opposite the temple of Shibatatehime.
The oblique glass windowpanes are held in place with plastic plugs. The mobile sheets are in transparent acrylic. The small pavilion, a 4×4 meters cube, is made by assembling solid Japanese cedar blocks kept in place by their own weight and connecting metal cables running through vertical drill holes.
Architect: Jonas Wagell Sweden 161 sq. ft. (15 m2)
Friggebods are small swedish cottages; they don't need building permits for less than 150 square feet. This design by Jonas Wagell is available for purchase for 12,200 euros plus freight, with a solar power module for only 1,400 euros. A bath and kitchen module is also available.
Dezeen writes: " When designing the Mini house concept Jonas Wagell put a lot of emphasis on creating a house that is not built as traditional timber houses, since that would create a sort of error in scale. Friggebod-sheds often appear shrinked, like miniature houses, drained in details and odd proportions, since they are constructed with the same components as large houses."
Architects: Alan Chu & Cristiano Kato Location: Ilhabela, Sao Paulo, Brazil Project year: 2008 Constructed area: 36 sqm, 118 sq ft Photographs: Djan Chu
The building has 2 floors, a white suspended box, where the bedroom is and it is possible to see the continent and the São Sebastião Channel. Under it, at street level, are the living room, kitchen and bathroom.
The wood used on some doors and windows, staircase, shelves and furniture are leftovers of material used to make scaffoldings and molds for the white box reinforced concrete structure.
The 3.00 m x 5.00 m white box is supported on one side by an existing retaining wall and on the other by a wall built with stones, a characteristic of local constructions.
This movement shapes the other 3 spaces of the construction, the access yard, between the box and the retaining wall that curves following the parking lot ramp’s floor, the courtyard, between the box and the rock and the void created under the box, where the living room is.
Architect: Beriot, Bernardini & Gorini 88.5 sq. ft. Madrid, Spain
This small studio apartment is one of my favorites. Why? Because everything fits beautifully together like a puzzle with high functionality, maximization of space, while clean line of sight from every corner creates an open, airy, and contemporary feeling. Beriot | Bernardini intelligently utilizes modularity as a method for the design of this apartment. Another key component to making this 88 sq. ft. studio more spacious are the double height ceilings, avoiding the need for a sofa bed or wall bed.
View of all compartments closed; the kitchen can be hidden from plain view; stariway pulls out to reveal additional closet space; more closets located at the top of the steps.
MDU is a 40ft shipping container that has been modified into a relocatable dwelling. The container accommodates several modules for various functions such as cooking, washing and sleeping. These modules sit within the container so that during transportation the MDU largely resembles any other container sitting on a ship or a dock.Once the MDU has been delivered to a site, the modules slide out of the container like extrusions and create an inner hallway in the newly created void inside the container.