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Create a gift wrapping station for your home- Sweet Bunny

My interior designer Hosen installed a built-in cabinet in the centre of my living room during our BTO home renovation. It was meant for shoes. Still, I did not like the idea of keeping shoes too close to our family altar out of respect. Thankfully, the shelves were adjustable, and I rearranged them to create a space to store the commonly used items my family often reach for, my bags and a gift-wrapping station.

living room cabinet

messy cabinet  with wrapping paper and home supplies

Pegboard Alternative: using Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board - I had initially purchased two magnetic boards from Ikea for our study. Still, I never got to hang the panels up as I didn’t use the space that was meant to be my desk, so the boards just lay forgotten in our laundry yard for a couple of months. About the same time, the mess in my cabinet has been bugging me the clutter of wrapping paper and household accessories were just a hindrance of stuff toppling off the shelves at times and impossible to find what we needed. To resolve this issue, I decided to put up the memo boards in my cabinet; amazingly, it sucks well with Bostik Original Blu-Tack; I had always preferred the original as it was always strong enough and can come off cleanly when required to. Magnetic boards make a great alternative to Pegboards because you don’t have to place items in a very fixed manner. Magnetic boards can be placed almost anywhere without worrying that hooks and attachments fall off; magnets are powerful, quickly found, and more affordable.

Ikea SVENSÅS Memo board as a pegboard

Daiso hacks for hanging your wrapping paper - Most DIY solutions for hanging wrapping paper use a curtain rod, which I initially wanted to do. Still, I often switch up how I organise my home and do not want any permanent fixtures. After much consideration and wondering around Daiso, an idea struck me. Two of the semi-round basket with a thin magnet placed on their sides can hold on to the wrapping paper regardless of length. 

semi-round basket with thin magnet back
semi-round basket with thin magnet front

sticking can case daiso

reuse ribbons

Reusing gift bags, wrapping paper and ribbons- The holders can hold up about three pieces together, which is sufficient for me, as I do not usually buy many sheets at a time; most of the ones I have were given to me as a freebie from stores. 

I used these holders on the right side to store wrapping papers from gifts that I receive that are still in good condition to reuse for future events; I also use the holders for items that my household uses. 

I have the habit of keeping ribbons for products I purchased or received as gifts and storing them in a sticking can case from Daiso; I believe you can find these in IKEA as well GRUNDTAL Container, stainless steel in a better quality form, but for ribbons, I think the Daiso will Suffice.

giftwrapping station with daiso and ikea stuff

On the shelf, I used stackable containers from Daiso to keep greeting cards for all occasions, red packets for the lunar new year, and stickers that I have collected over the years. My family always asked me for other commonly used items, such as a nail clipper, which is impossible to keep in a bathroom due to Singapore’s humid climate, where things can easily rust.

I was delighted with this arrangement because it saves my family time from sorting and searching for items we need. At a snap of the finger, we can just get what we need and be on our way. As long as we have the discipline to keep the items in their proper “homes”, we will always be able to find what we need when we need it.

Merry Christmas, everyone, and a blessed New year ahead! I hope my post inspires you to create your own gift-wrapping station.


'Ikea Hack' Study/Craft Table and Storage - Sweet Bunny

After my study table and shelf fiasco, I needed a proper study/craft area. Thankfully, I had enough space on the other side of the room so I decided to purchase some readymade furniture. I searched on the entire internet for local furniture stores but didn’t like the layout of the table or felt there was just never enough storage for my projects and knick-necks.

At my wit's end, Ikea came to mind, as a huge fan of Ikea hacks, I decided to give it a go and was hope my attempt will not be an absolute failure so here I go sharing with you my “Ikea Hack Venture”.

Ikea Hack Study and Storage no drilling of walls

What you need to prepare for an Ikea Hack -When you began any project you have to ensure that you get all your requirements written down as well as the exact measurements of the area in your home that is available. It is important not to lose focus and get distracted by all the fancy options that are available but to really purchase what you need. In my case, I need a desk and a lot of storage.

Find ways to visualise how the outcome - To help me have an idea of how my Ikea hack will turn out I used Powerpoint and drag and drop about the pictures of the furniture to have a feel of how my setup would turn out. I didn’t want to have any drilling done onto the walls so my aim was to have furniture that would fit together like a set and all I needed to do is shift them around and place them where I desire. It also helped me see where I have to avoid for example I wanted 3 Silveran shelves as it would fit the length of my desk but I have an electrical outlet near the left side of my desk so I had to scrap that idea. 

The furniture I purchased from Ikea online store, Tampines was the

1)HAVSTA Storage combination with doors, white81x47x212 cm,

2)Silveran High Cabinet X 2 


I also opted for the professionals to fix up the furniture for me to save time and because we were installing a ton of other stuff such as curtains and other appliances concurrently. I really like all the installation staff from Ikea, they were polite, funny and super helpful. They were also careful to ensure that they followed the covid-19 safety procedures that Ikea had set for them such as having their mask on all the time during their work in my home.

They were surprised about my Ikea hack idea and said Madam these Silveran High Cabinets are meant for the bathroom. I told him I knew but I want to use them as bookshelves instead. I also instructed him not to install the bottom two doors or the legs of the cabinet as I would be placing the HEMNES desk in front of the cabinets and still wanted to be able to store items under my desk to maximise the use of the space. 

extra storage under ikea HEMNES DESK

As for the HAVSTA Storage combination, I used it to keep my books, crafts items and documents. It is also my mini command centre where I keep all our important letters and notices. I will elaborate more in another post on how I organise my documents. 

He also kindly offer to nail the two cabinets together so they would be more secure and would not shift around. I also instructed them to help me shift the HAVSTA Storage combination to the side of my desk and the Silveran High Cabinet combination.

 I really liked the all-white vintage barn look of my new study. Now I have plenty of space for all my stuff.  For the top shelves, I stuck whiteboards from Daiso to scribble down notes on my to-do list as well as keep track of bills. I prefer to keep everything hidden away to minimise the clutter around my work desk. At the top of the cabinet, I can do a bit of decoration to brighten up my side of the room. 

I shifted the shelves closer to the cabinet after I finish cleaning up after we completely moved in.

Silveran High Cabinet used as book and stationery storage

If you put your mind to it you can do your very own Ikea Hack, furniture don't always have to be used the way it was built you could always customise it to your needs and liking that is the beauty of Ikea furniture. But as always keep in mind safety first of course never create anything unsafe for you and your family to use.