Design Ideas with an Ikea Storage Cube

Updated February 21, 2017

Ikea hacks--modifications of Ikea products to meet individual needs--are all over the internet. Ikea products tend to lend themselves to modification, due to the simple nature of many of the pieces. The Ikea Hol Storage Cube is a table made of walnut, with a gridlike surface on the sides and top. It comes in two sizes. One is a cube and the other is a rectangle.

Electronics Storage

The gridlike design of the Hol storage cube makes it great for storing electronics that need ventilation so that they don't become overheated. Go beyond just placing a single device in the cube. Group cords, power strips and routers and attach them to the walls of the cube with electric ties. If necessary, cut a hole in the bottom of the cube to provide more openings for wires and cords.

Creating a Cabinet

Lay the cube on its side to create a cabinet. Add magnet closures to keep the door closed, now that gravity is working against it. Add a drawer handle to make it easier to open. Consider stacking a few units to create a taller structure. Each unit should be attached to the one below it to make sure that the structure is stable.

Wood Burning

Although you can paint the cube to change its look, for more originality, use a wood-burning tool to create interesting designs and scrollwork on your Hol storage cube. Draw your designs on first with a pen or a pencil. Even if you have little by way of an artistic side, geometric designs are easy to make with the aid of a ruler, which doubles as a straightedge. Free-hand curves and swirls can help break up the blocklike look of the table.

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Antonia Sorin started writing in 2004. She is an independent writer, filmmaker and motion graphics designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has completed work for the Long Leaf Opera Company, the former Exploris Museum and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She graduated from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.