How do I remove an IKEA shelf which is stuck on top of another?

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If you have ever shopped at an Ikea retail location, you know how overwhelming it can be. From the endless number of boxes piled on to each other to the perfectly displayed vignettes, shopping at Ikea can be both stressful and time consuming. Ikea fans all over the world know, however, that with just a little bit of planning and a few key pieces in mind, there is nothing better than scoring a classic piece from Ikea.

In fact, there are several products that have earned a permanent spot in my apartment – some even making their way all the way from Chicago to my apartment here in New York City. So today I’ve rounded up my TOP 10 FAVORITE IKIEA FINDS that are sure not to dissapoint.

1. Tarvva Dresser $149.00 – When first looking at all the different bedroom storage options from Ikea, I came to the final decision of purchasing the Tarva dresser for my bedroom here in New York. Made of solid wood, the Tarva dresser has deep enough drawers and fits well in a small space. I...

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The engineers at IKEA are geniuses: they produce these bulky light and surprisingly sturdy items for way less than you could make at home. If you don't believe me, then try building


for 120$ (well you actually


to build it either way...). They make some of their furniture seem bulkier than it seems by literally filling it with air. For the LACK series they use corrugated paper to provide some stiffness.

CAUTION: You will be using power tools here, it is always better to protect yourself rather than spend half a day in line at the hospital (for you fellow Canadians) just to get a piece of sawdust out of your eye, or stitches on your finger. Use appropriate safety gear and be careful.

DOUBLE CAUTION: This shelf is build very cheaply meaning you will easily scuff, chip and buckle it. Pay particular attention when retracting the jigsaw as the blade will continue to reciprocate after you let go of the trigger and could do some serious damage to...

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The main wall in my kitchen which is immediately visible from both entrances was bare and lacklustre when i first moved in. All the storage was on the opposite wall. Initially i liked the feeling of space the big bare wall gave but after some time, as the rest of my apartment starting filling up, it seemed too stark and cold.

I could have installed cupboards similar to what was already on the other side of the wall, but my kitchen is fairly small and i didn’t want to enclosed the space in a sea of cupboards; but i needed extra storage. And that’s when the floating shelves came in to save the day. Storage – yes. Obtrusive – no. Easy to install – yes.

As i do with most of my diy projects, i first Googled images for inspiration. I searched for kitchen layouts and styles similar to mine and then looked for different shelf style – colour and size – to determine what would work best in the space.

Kitchen Floating Shelves Inspiration

Ikea Lack Floating...

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Published on August 22nd, 2014 | by Elze

Materials: Besta, Besta 64 cm door, Samla 45 liter box with lid

I’ve used Samla boxes (65l) before to make a litterbox by cutting a hole in the lid so the cats have to enter through the top, leaving no litter around the box, standing in the guest room. Lately I’ve been having guests over more often and wanted to move the litterbox to the hallway, but hidden.

So I bought a Besta 128 cm in height (you can use a higher one of course). the lower Simla box that fits perfectly in the Besta (if you remove the backplate by cutting it in half and only use it on the upper part using nails) Make sure you level the cabinet before nailing the backplate to the shelves!

I’ve used a 64 cm door because I wanted to have the shelves open. You can use a bigger door, of course. I’ve cut a opening on the side an cut the lid from the box to 1/4 of its size. So it makes a little platform to make it easier to...

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A few days ago I pulled a Houdini in the renovation of the office closet.

Here’s a view of the “Before” and “After” below. You can view this closet renovation project, IKEA Expedit for Closet Storage.

The Houdini part was getting an IKEA Expedit shelving unit, which measures 58 5/8 inches wide, into in a closet that is only about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wider than the Expedit itself. The closet only measures around 59 1/4 inches wide with the baseboard removed.

I didn’t buy the Expedit on my first trip down to IKEA but after I realized the side panel of the Expedit fit inside the unit itself once it was assembled giving me a teeny bit of wiggle room with which to work, I was emboldened to give it a try. I considered the worse thing that could happen: I’d have to take it all apart and haul it back downstairs to either the garage or basement where it would become storage shelving for one of those areas. Not really what I wanted, but I could live with that...

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Our house is a three bedroom, two large bedrooms and one smaller. The smaller is of course the best choice for either an office or nursery. We wanted to plan for an office now, and if we ever needed it down the road, an easy transition to a nursery.

Office Before (sorry about erroneous bookshelf in the way!)

The space is 10.5'x8', has a single closet and a skylight. We wanted to build in some storage, as we have a ton of books and decorative pieces that don't really fit into our open concept main floor. After researching our options, (and doing a lot of Pinterest-ing) we decided to build a wall of Ikea Billy bookcases.

We already owned a black full size Billy, and originally were just going to purchase more of these. However, we learned that we had bought the "cheap" black one (not the black/brown wood grain one) and there were NO matching pieces to go along with it. So, we either had to throw out our current Billy and start new, or re-use the black one...

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If your top load washing machine (or some older front load washers) is stuck on one continuous cycle and will not advance and forward to the next wash cycle, then most likely the washer timer is faulty and needs replacement. The timer on your washing machine controls all aspects of the wash, spin, and rinse cycles. When it does not automatically move onto the next cycle, you can assume that the timer is the cause of your problem. You can replace a timer very easily and it should not cost you very much money. No matter what the timer costs, and if you do it yourself, it will save you hundreds of dollars instead of hiring a washing machine repair technician.

What causes a washer timer to go bad?
It could be that the timer motor has shorted out or the contacts in the timer have shorted. When this happens the timer is not usable and a replacement is needed.

What exactly does the washer timer control?
It is the main control of the washing cycles and...

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A fun and creative DIY project that can be done with for around $50 dollars is the penny top coffee table. This is a fairly simple project and can be completed with any type of flat topped coffee table no matter how large. We purchased a used coffee table in fair condition for $10 dollars at a yard sale. Once we had our coffee table we then needed pennies, LOTS AND LOTS OF PENNIES! We went to the bank and asked the teller for 2000 pennies = $20 dollars worth. The teller was not very happy! Next we went to Home Depot and purchased our Super Glaze (Ultra Gloss Epoxy) for around $25 dollars. This type of epoxy is self leveling as any type of liquid would be. When we were done with this project we were set back around $50 dollars total (Not bad for a customized coffee table with a coin penny top!) and this project took around 3 days total but only because we had to let the epoxy dry for that long. Super gluing 2000 pennies onto the top of the table took us about a day which was the...

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Many new beekeepers learn things the hard way. As a beekeeping instructor, it’s my job to keep my students from meeting this all too common fate! Read on to find out the mistakes I see most often and how to avoid them.

With so much to learn as a new beekeeper, missteps are as inevitable as beestings! Yet failures do provide an opportunity for learning. I often console my students after such events with the phrase, “It happens to us all” and this is absolutely true. I see the same set of errors over and over again. Many of them I made myself as a beginner! I hope this list will keep some of you from following in my footsteps.

1. Assessing colony health based solely on the level of ‘bee traffic’.

I encourage beekeepers to observe their hives from the outside on a weekly or even daily basis. There is useful information to gain by doing this. You may observe if your bees are bringing pollen or even catch a pesky ant invasion. It’s also a good idea to make yourself...

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