Design showcase cabinet (hacking IKEA style)

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While I was searching for a nice showcase cabinet, I noticed that all the cabinets that I liked are really expensive. So the maker in me came up with this idea.
This cabinet is made from four IKEA pränt boxes, one IKEA dioder. The rest was just stuff that I already had.
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Step 1: You will need

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  • 4 IKEA pränt boxes
  • 1 IKEA dioder (lights)
  • 1 old standing lamp
  • some pipes
  • glass
  • 1 castor wheel

  • drill
  • glass cutter
  • ruler
  • hammer

Step 2: The boxes

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  • We start off by opening the IKEA packing.
  • The lids can be assembled according to the IKEA instructions. 
  • The boxes can not be fully assembled yet because we are going to replace the bottom with a piece of glass.
  • Take the plywood bottoms out of the packings.

Step 3: Glass

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When you work with glass, always be careful. Wear safety glasses and good thick gloves might also be a good idea.
  • Find some glass that is big enough to cut the bottom out of it and not thicker than the plywood.
  • Put the plywood bottom on the glass.
  • Mark the size of the bottom.
  • Scratch the glass with a glass cutter. (be sure to not make the glass any bigger than the bottom plywood)
  • Break the glass on the scratch on the edge of a ruler or the edge of a table.
  • Do this four times for four boxes.
  • Clean your workspace to remove all the small pieces of glass.

Step 4: Make the boxes

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Put the boxes together according the IKEA instructions. Just replace the bottoms with the pieces of glass.

Be careful, the glass is still sharp.

Step 5: The lamp

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Finding the right lamp is kind of an adventure. I bought mine at an garage-sale. (No the picture is not the garage-sale. It is just my garage)
The shaft must be small enough to fit though the hole in het boxes.
Ideally it would be a snug fit.
If your lamp is bigger, you will need to drill out the holes in the boxes.
My lamp was smaller, so I made some bushings.

Strip the lamp of everything except the pole and the base. (sorry, no pictures of the stripping)

I love IKEA furniture assembly and reassembly hacks! You can be a flat pack guru ")

safari4201 year ago

very nice.. looks fantastice!

Geil2 years ago
Very nice idea and great execution! This would compliment my collection setup greatly and fill in the last few empty spaces on the wall LOL Few questions:
- I can't seem to find it on Ikea's website and hope it is available in store in my location
- what is the dimension of the box? Can't quite be sure if I deciphered it correctly from the picture
- what is the diameter of the hole? I want to see if the Ikea Stolmen pole will fit through, may look for some PVC piping to strengthen the hole further, of cause I may just cut a larger hole myself
kenyer (author)  Geil2 years ago
The box is 33 x 33 x 38 cm
The hole is 4,5 cm
I hope you can find the boxes. Have fun with it.
flammaefata2 years ago
Cool design :) Instead of the aluminium rod that provides the extra support for the boxes you could also just use more of the aluminium pipe that you used as a spacer for the boxes. Cut it to fit inside the box, place it across the holes in the box and thread the boxes on with this piece of pipe already inside. Hope I'm making sense!
kenyer (author)  flammaefata2 years ago
Yes you do make sense. I just don't have enough aluminum pipe in the right size, but that definitely would be a more elegant solution. Thanx
Attmos2 years ago
Lochtar2 years ago
I can understand that! ;)
Lochtar2 years ago
I was thinking if you take the back piece and put it in front of the pipe it should give a hovering feeling on the boxes.
Good job.
kenyer (author)  Lochtar2 years ago
I was also thinking about that. And then paint the bushings black, but bringing the backs in front of the pipe is just a little to much work.