Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Ikea Hack - Noticeboard

In another 'Ode', I would love to make it onto a favourite website, Ikea Hackers so here is my hacked notice/bulletin board which began life as a Lindmon blind.
LINDMON Venetian blind brown Length: 155 cm Width: 60 cm

I have three of these in my bedroom and loved both the look and the price, and had planned on using one in my study too, but bought the wrong width, so had a spare. The spare lived in various storage locations around the house, mainly under the bed, until it metamorphosed into ...

... a notice board. It has a permanent home in my study, but against the wall instead of in the window.

It's very straight-forward: put the blind into the shut position so that all of the slats are lying flat, and lay this on the floor. Decide the size you would like your notice board to be: I opted for the easy size which is a square the same dimensions as the width of the blind, meaning no cutting or sawing needed. Gently cut the string at the top of the blind to remove the metal and at the bottom to remove the thick bottom slat, being careful to keep the rest of the slats in place.

Next, remove one slat to use as a measuring stick to decide the number of slats needed, and then remove any extra slats by sliding them out the side of the string.

With the spare slats removed, create a frame and glue together using 'No More Nails' or similar, as shown below.

Next, use a couple of extra slats to position down the middle to add support to the frame. Unfortunately I don't have a picture: excitement must have got the better of me!

Once the glue is dry, simply glue over the top of the frame and position the slats on top, ensuring all the edges are flush. Leave the string at the top and bottom hanging and then tie up when the glue is dry. I tied the string into a loop and use it to hang the board onto the wall. 

Enjoy placing your photographs, ticket stubs, invitations etc in between the slats or attach with drawing pins. The wood is nice and light so easy to get pins in and out of.