A Standing Desk

After reading all about the benefits of a standing desk, I had been wanting to build one for my home office for some time. So after seeing this post on Ikea Hackers, I came up with a plan to use an Expedit book case and a Vika desk top to build a simple but attractive standing desk.

The first step was to do some research on the ergonomics of standing while working on a computer so I could get the height right for me.  I use some books, paint cans, and other materials to prototype the desk I figured out the correct height I would need to work and type comfortably. (more…)

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Built in Basement Home Theater

We wanted to have a built in entertainment center for our basement home theater, it was currently sitting on some wire shelfs and none to stable for some rough and tumble NCAA Football action. So we came up with a plan using parts from IKEA!  We ended up purchasing 3 BESTÅ shelf units, 4 BESTÅ VARA drawer fronts, 6 Lack wall shelves from IKEA for this project plus a bunch of lumber and paint.

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Kitchen Drawer Hacking

Not a huge project like some of the others here but something just as useful for feeding my OCD and need for organization! When we remodeled our kitchen two years ago of course I had to go with the built in draw organizers, again to feed my OCD. However after putting our stuff in the drawer I found its layout and ability to organize the silverware lacking. So finally after two years I could no longer take it, it had to be fixed! Thankfully this would be an easy weekend project fix!

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Dividing Room Space


There have been lots of updates in our 37 year old house over the years. Somewhere in its life the previous owners removed the wall that was between the living room and family room. While this great big open space has lots of benefits (more light, more openness) the missing wall had made it really hard to place furniture. Additionally with the family room being used as a play area for this kids lately, the toys get everywhere, something needed to contain this chaos! In our previous home there was a half wall between the kitchen and family room and with this issues in these two rooms, we thought that type of feature would work well here to. So after a quick sketch we decided to make it happen over the Christmas break.

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