Introduction: IKEA HACK - Camera Gear Drawer
Hello everybody! Until a few weeks ago I used to store my camera gear in a corner of my room, keeping it inside the camera bag, but I wasn't so happy with that. One day I was bored and I visited Ikea's website. I bumped into ODDA, this pretty chest of drawers (photo). It now sits in my room, and What interested me the most was the big drawer at the bottom. This drawer is 25 centimetres high (10 inches more or less), so I thought it could be divided by its height, in order to use all that space better!
Pictures 2 and 3 show what I came up with: camera gear and bags tidied up and out of sight!
Notice that this instructable can be applied to whatever drawer you have at home, as long as it's tall enough!
You can start by gathering materials and tools.
A drawer (duh!)
A wooden box (I used one that used to contain some wine bottles, because it was just the right dimension)
Some insulating foam
double sided tape
4 metal brackets
cutter or knife
vice and pliers (to bend the brackets)
a grinder to trim the brackets
Step 1: STEP 1
Start by removing lid, hinges and locks from the box, because they won't be used in this project: the useful part is the body of the box. Measure how deep the box has to go in the drawer, paying attention to the height of the stuff you will store in it. my camera is 10 centimetres: My box went 8 centimetres deep and the 2-3 centimetres gap between the drawer and the structure allowed it to fit (see picture 1).
After you determined how deep you want it to be (thus how much space you want to save under the box) you can figure out where to bend the four brackets. They will hold the box suspended in the drawer, so you should bend them in the shape of a rough "S" using a vice and a pair of pliers or a hammer if it helps. Trim them with the grinder if needed (pic. 2), then put them aside for a while.
Step 2: STEP 2
Now you should pad the box with the insulating foam in order to provide some anti-shock protection to the camera gear (or whatever you decided to put in the box). Tape a thin sheet of soft material to the inside of the box (picture 1). I don't know the name of that material, but it's that you can find in wrappings, in fact I recycled it from the chest of drawer's wrap (Thanks again Mr. Ikea!!).
Then I layed down some insulating foam (picture 2), where I carved the spaces for camera, lenses, flashgun et cetera. Use a cutter or a sharp knife to do it.
Step 3: STEP 3
All to do now is to screw the brackets to the box and to add some kind of handle, like I did with some leather lace I had laying around (picture 1).
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please feel free to comment and to ask any question you like!!