HGTV's John Gidding Is an IKEA Hacker

HGTV's John Gidding Is an IKEA Hacker

Gregory Han
Jul 9, 2009

John Gidding of HGTV's Designed to Sell has our respect for this hardcore IKEA hack which he shared over at IKEA Hacker; he transformed various parts of the IKEA Expedit shelving system and had them custom milled into an organic wrap around shape to create one impressive room divider and shelving configuration. Most of us won't be able to follow his footsteps, as Gidding turned to software solutions Rhino and AutoCAD to plan out the expansive structure which surrounds and creates a small office section, but it's inspiring nonetheless to see what one can do with some careful planning (and resources!)...

"Actually it's all one long piece - made with two Expedit units. One unit hugs the wall as pure storage, and the other encloses a small office behind it, so yes - works as a room divider."

"...The standalone is bolted to a wall on the other end. The only side of the Expedits that's really exposed is the one that's been bolted - all other sides have this system attached to it. I painted the additional shelves a high-gloss white so it matched the white Expedit."

We're actually off to IKEA this afternoon, so this definitely gives us some incentive to at least dream a little dream of something as impressive. Take a further look at more photos and plans of Gidding's design at Ikea Hacker.

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