DIY – IKEA Chopping Board Key Hanger

Transform a humble IKEA chopping board into a stylish and practical key hanger with this simple and affordable DIY project. Inspired by a t-shirt store in Lisbon, Portugal, this unique design adds a touch of rustic charm to any entryway or home office.

Materials and Tools:

  • 1x IKEA chopping board (FASCINERA)
  • 1-8 sets of mini drawer knobs from home improvement stores
  • Paper tape
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • String or rope (~10cm)
  • Hand drill

Step 1: Choose Your Chopping Board

Select an IKEA chopping board that suits your décor and desired size. The FASCINERA chopping board is a popular choice due to its sleek design and acacia wood construction. Available in two sizes (28x19cm and 52x22cm), it complements various home styles.

Step 2: Select Your Knobs

Visit your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Gamma, to browse a variety of mini drawer knobs. Opt for a material that can withstand daily wear and tear from your keys, such as polished or matte aluminum. Ensure the knob size accommodates your keychains without hanging off the board. Additionally, choose screws that are slightly shorter than the thickness of the board to prevent the knobs from wobbling.

Step 3: Mark and Drill the Holes

Use a paper tape to guide a straight line along the chopping board where you want to place the knobs. Determine the number of knobs based on your preference and the board’s size. I recommend evenly spacing four knobs for a balanced aesthetic.

Select a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw diameter to prevent the knobs from becoming loose. Use a screw washer behind the knobs for added stability, although it’s optional.

Step 4: Assemble the Key Hanger

Remove the paper tape and carefully attach the knobs to the board using the selected screws. Ensure the knobs are securely fixed and stand straight.

Step 5: Mount the Key Hanger

For a temporary solution, apply multiple lines of strong double-sided tape to the back of the chopping board. For a more permanent and secure mounting, use a sturdy rope. Secure the rope to the back of the board using screws. When the rope is taut in the middle, it should not be visible from the other side.

Hang the key hanger on a nail in your desired location. For a seamless effect, place a small piece of double-sided tape at the touching point of the rope and the wall. Alternatively, use Pritt or Blue Tack to secure the rope.

Enjoy and Embrace Your Creativity

Your stylish and functional key hanger is ready to display your keys and add a touch of rustic charm to your home. Experiment with different knob styles and colors to create a unique and personalized design.

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