IKEA Furniture Hacks

IKEA furniture comes and goes like the changing of seasons due to moving, different design taste or just broken. However "IKEA Furniture Hacks"

IKEA Furniture Hacks

IKEA furniture comes and goes like the changing of seasons due to moving, different design taste or just broken. However it doesn’t have to end up on the street for council pick-up, instead you could repurpose it for something else.

We’ve stumbled across some great IKEA hacks that will breathe life back into your furniture.

Shelves to desks

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Source: Mashable

If you have old shelves or bedside tables, you can create a new storage friendly desk.

Bookshelf to pet sanctuary

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Source: Gizmodo

IKEA bookshelves can be changed in all sorts of ways like in the image above and turn it into a home for your beloved pet.

Shopping bag to raincoat

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Source: Gizmodo

These bags are lifesavers at the time of shopping and even useful for the weekly grocery shopping but to make even more from the bag you can convert it into a children’s raincoat.

Boring brackets to colourful wall art

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Source: Poppytalk

These would usually be brackets that you put in your shed but by having a few extra and some left over paint you can create a great practical feature for your wall.

From plain to glam

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Source: Better decorating bible

Spice up your usual boring IKEA furniture to make people say ‘WOW!’. We guarantee people will be asking where you got it from and when they discover you did it, they’ll be lining up just to have their own unique piece for their bedroom.

Got any other IKEA hacks? Let us know in the comments below.

Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores

Did you know the flat pack furniture idea was born when a Swedish draughtsman needed to fit a table in "Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores"

Top Flat Pack Furniture Stores

Did you know the flat pack furniture idea was born when a Swedish draughtsman needed to fit a table in his car just a little over 60 years ago? Then he shared the idea with his IKEA employers, revolutionising how people bought and installed furniture.

IKEA might be the grandfather of flat pack but there are now many options available to you such as customised designs, no-tool-required joinery systems and even 100% recyclable cardboard furniture.

Here are a few of the top flat pack furniture stores:

NOMI

NOMI offers designer quality furniture products across an array of sizes, shapes, materials and colours in a simple to transport flat pack package.

NOMI flat pack furniture
Source: NOMI furniture

The furniture arrives flat packed to your home but the big difference is that you won’t need tools to put it together. Rather its nifty peg, lock and wedge joinery system makes flat pack furniture assembly quick and super simple.

Evolvex

Evolvex is also a customisable flat pack furniture company with a difference. Their flat pack products include interchangeable components. This way the style and shape of your furniture can evolve according to your lifestyle. Indeed, it is as simple as purchasing additional parts to increase the size of the furniture or maybe an entirely different piece to suit your needs.

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Source: Wired.com

KARTON

Can cardboard be made into a stool? Yes. What about a chairman’s table or a double bed? Definitely. KARTON is a dynamic flat pack furniture company that encourages you to forget everything you thought you knew about the traditional packaging material. Indeed, KARTON allows you to open your mind to the possibilities of furnishing your entire home with cardboard.

KARTON cardboard flat pack furniture
Source: KARTON, THE PAPERPEDIC BED – $296AUD

Watch this video and be prepared to be amazed as everything you know about flat pack furniture installation is about the change.

IKEA

Well known for the endless options of affordable furniture, it’s the long-standing champion (and inventor) of flat pack furniture. While some enjoy putting together the puzzle-like furniture, others outsource to sites like Airtasker for their furniture assembly needs.

So has IKEA met its match with these new non-tool based assembly furniture companies? Let us know you’re thoughts in the comments below.

Need to get furniture delivered? Read our Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home.

IKEA Room Ideas

Want to shake things up in your living room, bedroom or your entire house but on a tight budget? Lucky "IKEA Room Ideas"

IKEA Room Ideas

Want to shake things up in your living room, bedroom or your entire house but on a tight budget? Lucky for you IKEA is the best place to turn to for cheap furniture and additional accessories to brighten up your home.

If you have a big empty room and you are looking to fill it without hurting your hip pocket, IKEA is a great place to find inspirational room and furniture ideas.

Looking for a bit of inspiration? We’ve put a couple of IKEA room ideas together for you below.

Bedroom

DUKEN bed frame - $220 AUD
Source: DUKEN bed frame – $220AUD

TRAVA bed frame - $119 AUD
Source: TRAVA bed frame – $119AUD

These two bedroom images show the versatility of a simple bed frame with quality interior design. Stylish and sleek, you can explore many more IKEA room and furniture ideas in their latest IKEA catalogue.

Not sure how to get your new bedroom suite home? Find out Katie’s IKEA Pick Up and Delivery solution.

Lounge room

STOCKHOLM chair $399AUD each
Source: STOCKHOLM chair – $399AUD each

A lounge room that you can update along with the changing seasons (and trends) is the way to go as you can see above.

However sometimes life is about breaking the rules, in which case the following bright sofa will bring the instant ‘wow factor’ to your living room. Plus the multi-colour gives you plenty of secondary colours to choose from – just don’t go overboard and end up with a fruit salad.

KLIPPAN two-seat sofa - $299AUD
Source: KLIPPAN two-seat sofa – $299AUD

Study

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Source: HEMNES Buearu add-on – $499 AUD

You could be crammed for space or perhaps you’re a food blogger in your spare time. Either way, this is the perfect solution for you to get work and emails done in the heart and soul of the home – the kitchen.

Storage

Perhaps what IKEA is best known for is its storage solutions, from big cabinets to small boxes or pencil holders, IKEA has it all.

Here are a few of our top solutions:

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Source: LACK wall shelf – $49.99AUD

BJÄRNUM folding hook - $19.99/3pack
Source: BJÄRNUM folding hook – $19.99/3pack

STOLMEN 3 sections - $947.50AUD
Source: STOLMEN 3 sections – $947.50AUD

Outdoor

Not forgetting the beautiful outdoors, by using bright fairy lights and some cushions you won’t mind if there’s some cloud about or a lovely sunny day. This is our favourite look below.

KARLSÖ gazebo with curtains - $169AUD
Source: KARLSÖ gazebo with curtains – $169AUD

We hope this helped you get a little bit of inspiration for your next room makeover. Happy shopping 🙂

Don’t forget to use an Airtasker to help you with your IKEA Assembly next time you make some purchases!

 

IKEA Pick Up & Delivery

Whether you go to IKEA for the $1 hot dogs and moreish Swedish meatballs or to actually buy furniture, you’re "IKEA Pick Up & Delivery"

IKEA Pick Up & Delivery

Whether you go to IKEA for the $1 hot dogs and moreish Swedish meatballs or to actually buy furniture, you’re guaranteed to leave with things that weren’t on your shopping list.

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When I say this, I’m speaking from experience. The last time I went to IKEA, I bought a bunch of colourful drinking straws when I really only needed a coffee table. However, this ‘binge buying’, while always exciting, can sometimes present a problem for me. I often purchase more than I can carry and don’t have access to a car that can handle my shopping splurges.

See also: Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home

This exact problem occurred recently when I decided to finally invest in some bigger furniture items in my home. The closest IKEA in my area is the big store at Tempe, Sydney, a good 20 minutes away. I was working on completely refurnishing my place in Bondi, when I realised that I didn’t have the time to go and purchase the furniture, let alone transport it back home.

Now IKEA does offer delivery services such as using a GoGet car or IKEA staff to bring it to your house, but at a starting price of $59AUD, they were asking a premium on the price. I needed to find an alternative option to get my goods home.

The solution? IKEA Delivery on Airtasker.

Using an Airtasker to purchase the goods and deliver them to my door was an option that worked really well and helped me keep the costs down. This is how I did it:

My Airtasker Experience

After finding the furniture I wanted bought in a current IKEA catalogue (I chose a sideboard table and a large mirror), I used the free Airtasker mobile app on my iPhone to post a job on the board to get the goods purchased and delivered to my home. I then went about my day.

Within a couple of hours after posting a task on Airtasker, I had three offers from willing and skilled people, eager to help me out. I decided to choose a guy called Yuqi, who had already completed similar delivery tasks in the past and received great reviews. He also had his own car and tools to make it easier for him.

Yuqi was able to use the description and imagery from the IKEA catalogue to buy the exact side table and mirror I wanted. He even sent photos via text message just to double check that he was buying the right furniture.

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After picking up the items, he drove to my house and promptly got started putting the table together in record time. He then moved onto the mirror. That was went we were presented with a problem.

A screw loose?

As Yuqi was unpacking the mirror and checking that we had all the parts, he discovered that a bag of washers and screws was missing. I never realised how important it is to check this first before you start assembling the furniture.

I offered Yuqi another $20AUD to go back to IKEA in Tempe and pick up the missing parts, which he was happy to do. He soon returned but had been unable to get the replacement screws on the day as they were out of stock. However, showing real initiative, he had organised them to be mailed to my house once they were back in stock. Yuqi even said he would come back when they arrived to finish off the assembly.

A couple of days later Yuqi came back and finished up the task and other than a slight delay, I was chuffed with my new furniture.

ikea mirror assembly

Need to move IKEA furniture? Find out how to move with ease here.

Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home

It’s nearly the end of financial year, which means it’s a great time to buy big household items for an "Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home"

It’s nearly the end of financial year, which means it’s a great time to buy big household items for an absolute bargain. Shopping is the easy (and fun) part but it can be a real headache trying to work out how to fit a bedroom suite into your tiny VW Polo.

Furniture moving and delivery done by Airtasker

Getting furniture delivered to your home is great but many places will charge a premium cost to have it dropped off. Some even offer an assembly service as well so that you don’t have to lift a finger.

To help you make the best decision we’re comparing the top 5 furniture stores in terms of costs, hidden charges and timing. However before we get started, did you know that Airtasker could also help you out?

With people loving the flexibility, low-cost and full-service approach, it’s no surprise that furniture pick-up, delivery and assembly all feature in the Top 5 tasks on Airtasker.

To give you an idea, here are some estimates on Airtasker costs:
Furniture assembly
– Most frequent amount $50
– Average amount $78

Furniture Delivery
– Most frequent amount $50
– Average amount $83

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IKEA
With thousands of home accessories at a low cost, this Swedish megastore is like the Willy Wonka Factory, only for adults. The maze inspired store structure means you’re guaranteed to arrive at the checkout with items you didn’t intend on purchasing. So how do you get it all home?

IKEA has the most extensive service offerings but for getting things from A to B here’s a round up of what they can do for you:

Book a van
In a partnership with GoGet you can hire a van by the hour, however there are some catches e.g. a $500 security deposit.

Cost depends on membership type but as a starter it’s around $13.90 per hour plus $0.40 per kilometre. In other words, from Ikea Tempe and to Sydney CBD it’s approximately $27.80 + $ $3.72 = $31.52 to drive your items home within 2 hours.

Home Delivery
A delivery via Ikea is a next-day service, available seven days a week. However costs depend on your location. For example from Ikea Tempe to Bondi it’s a minimum $89, with larger deliveries (over 5m2) attracting an additional charge.

Assembly
To have your furniture assembled Ikea has partnered with Install2u. They have a number of different fees as specified below:

– Call out fee: $35 (regardless of how many items)

– Packaging removal/ disposal: $15

– Cost for putting together items falls into four groups:
Group 1: $20 (e.g. coffee table, office chair, mirror)
Group 2: $45 (e.g. bedside table, bookcase, desk)
Group 3: $70 (e.g. sofa-bed, cot, 6+ drawers)
Group 4: $95 (e.g. bed with storage, bunk beds, L-shaped sofa)

Alternatively, you can check out the Airtasker blog post on How To Move IKEA Furniture

Shopping and delivering
IKEA can buy your products and deliver to your home or business. This service starts at $99.

Domayne
Domayne has a passion for design and offers both delivery and assembly services. The good news here is that you’re not likely to need anything assembled as most items sold at Domayne arrive completed.

Delivery
It’s a flat fee of $79 Monday- Saturday.

Assembly
It’s important to note that the assembly service is only on Monday to Friday at $85 but as mentioned you’re not likely to need it. For example a 4-piece bedroom package only needs the bed to be put together as the drawers and bedside tables are all ready to go.

Freedom
This national home and garden store has little information on their website, so you will need to call your local Freedom store for more details.

Delivery
Freedom can deliver to your home, however they charge more on weekends. As a rough idea, a three-piece bedroom ensemble is a minimum $90 Mon-Fri and $109 on weekends.

Assembly
Assembly will cost you around $80. This means you’re looking at $170 to get it to your home and set up.

Fantastic Furniture
This market-stall turned mega supplier with up to 70 stores nationally, offers a competitive delivery rate but no assembly service.

Delivery
They stay true to their brand name, fantastic, in terms of a low delivery cost at just $65. Items can be dropped off Monday to Saturday.

Nick Scali
Nick Scali, one of Australia’s largest importers of lounges, offers both delivery and assembly in metro areas within two days.

Delivery
The biggest downfall is that pricing is ‘per item’, which can add up. For example, a bedroom ensemble will cost $90 but if you want to add accessories it will cost an additional $35.

They also have a minimum delivery fee of $75 with only cash and bank cheque accepted on delivery. Credit cards are accepted 48 hours before but only in store not over the phone.

Assembly
While Nick Scali charges a premium on delivery, there is a silver lining – they will unpack and put the new furniture together for you for free.

However all packaging is left that the premises i.e. you have to clean it up!

With Airtasker you don’t need to worry what (or not) aftersales services are offered by your preferred store. An Airtasker can be there at the right time to make it a stress free experience without the added cost.

If you’re not convinced check out this article on Weekend Notes about a lady who had been to IKEA, see something she liked but wasn’t sure how to get it home and didn’t want to waste a day of her weekend putting it together.

If you are moving or have just finished your renovations, check out Airtasker’s Top 5 Moving Tips.