When plastic meets leather
I was looking for practical storage boxes for my home atelier and the stackable SAMLA boxes from IKEA were perfect for my needs. The Swedish retailer is famous for creating effective storage systems but even the smart SAMLA boxes need some improvement. There were 3 things that bothered me in design: the loose lids, the lack of label holder and the basic look. This fast and easy transformation makes the box more suitable in a creative working space, more unique and simply nicer to look at.
You will need:
- thick leather or something similar for the straps
- label holders (scrapbooking set)
- small bolts with matching nuts
- sticky back fasteners
- punch pliers, marker, screw driver, pricker, cutter, metal ruler and cutting mat
1. Step: Cut 2 leather straps. The small strap (7 x 1,5 cm/ 2.7″ x 0.6″) will connect the box and the lid. The long strap (9,5 x 1,5 cm/3.7″ x 0.6″) will serve as the fastener.
2. Step: Punch 3 small holes into the material as shown in the picture.
Step 3: Mark the spot (ca. 2,5 cm (1″) from the edge) for the straps.
Step 4: Mark the puncture holes for the label holder.
Step 5: Prepare holes for the bolts. The Polypropylene is easy to puncture.
Step 6: Screw the label holder onto the box.
Step 7: Secure with nuts.
Step 8: Connect the box and the lid with the small leather strap. Secure with nuts as well.
Step 9: Attach one end of the long strap onto the lid. Then stick the hook and loop fastener onto the strap and the box as shown in the picture. The upgrade is complete.
Photos and ideas by Nia Kunn