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Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: 8 Economical DIY Rattan Projects


Remodelista Greatest Hits 2020: 8 Economical DIY Rattan Projects

December 28, 2020

Phase Two of the now raging Rattan Revival: crafty sorts the world over are making use of readymade rolls of woven cane, Ikea furniture, and other basics to create their own take on the trend. Here are eight standout projects, all easy enough to tackle yourself (or to get a handy someone to make for you). N.B. Cane is a part of the fast-growing rattan plant; we use the two terms here interchangeably.


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Above: Copenhagen-based interior stylist and writer Caroline Bahrenscheer of the blog September Edit created this floating Rattan Headboard for her own bedroom.

As a frame, Caroline used Ikea’s Ivar Side Unit—a support for pine shelving that comes in several sizes starting at $10. She finished it with pre-woven cane that she cut to size, soaked in water to make it malleable, and stapled on. For cane sources, see Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply, The Caning ShoppeVan Dyke’sJoanne, and Michael’s, among others. Photograph courtesy of September Edit.

Side Table

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Above: Discovered via Hunker: Caroline Burke of Burkatron’s From Blah to Boho Bedside Table made using Ikea’s $19.99 Nesna nightstand. Caroline’s simple trick: she glued Cane Webbing purchased on Amazon to the underside of the glass shelves that come with the table. (We recommend replacing the standard-issue screws with better looking ones in brass or a black finish.) Photograph by Caroline Burke of Burkatron courtesy of Hunker.

Storage Cabinets

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Above: Another Ikea Hack by Caroline Bahrenscheer of September Edit was inspired by Ikea’s discontinued Stockholm 2017 Cabinet. Using wood glue and brass tacks, Caroline simply applied cut-to-fit rattan and Ikea Edvalla Drop Pulls (two for $6.99) to the doors of the solid pine Ivar cabinet, $70. Photograph courtesy of September Edit.
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Above: Last year, as part of the Billy bookcase’s 40th anniversary celebration, Ikea asked creatives to come up with new uses for the design. Interior designer Kathryn Hawkes of House of Hawkes in Dubai responded by hunting down a roll of rattan and, working with her carpenter, affixing rattan to the existing doors and painting the piece. She calls it Billy 2.0. Photograph courtesy of House of Hawkes.


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Above: Kathryn of House of Hawkes was so pleased with her Billy hack (shown above) that she and fellow Dubai-based interior designer Linda Dekkers recently launched Fronteriors, a collection of doors, tops, and sides sold as upgrades for Ikea furniture frames. Shown here, their Besta Cane Doors in beige. Caveat: they currently only ship within the Middle East/Gulf region.

Magazine/Mail Rack

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Above: Antonia Schmitz of Craftifair, in Cologne, Germany, built this DIY Wooden Magazine Holder from scratch. Scroll to the end of our roundup to see Antonia’s materials. Photograph courtesy of Craftifair.

Kitchen Cabinets

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Above: Interiors stylist/designer Minna Jones came up with these pine-framed rattan cabinet doors for a bespoke kitchen in Helsinki, Finland, by Blau Interiors. (The wall light is the Mini Lampe de Marseille, a Le Corbusier design made by Nemo.) Photograph by Mikael Pettersson.

Sliding Door

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Above: In another Blau Interiors project, a 322-square-foot apartment in Helsinki, Minna Jones designed a rattan and ash sliding door to separate the bedroom from the kitchen. Photograph by Mikael Pettersson.
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Above: The materials for Craftifair’s magazine rack (shown above). For a range of pre-woven cane webbing and advice on its uses, go to The Caning Shoppe of Cambridge, MA.

Peruse our archive for more DIY projects, including:

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