Star Wars has a very specific aesthetic, thanks to the detailed work of ILM. But you don’t have to be a master model maker to recreate that look at home. All it takes is greeblies, which are random bits and pieces secured and painted to look like something new. Something Star Wars-y. YouTube channel Glen Makes put this to the test by converting an IKEA table into a workbench that looks right out of a Rebel base. Or paint it all black and you’ve got the Imperial version.
Kitbashing furniture is a cool way to convert every room in your home into a Star Wars themed paradise. Step one is to recess the drawer. Then assemble 3D-printed or randomly sourced parts for the greeblies. The droid dataport popping up to reveal the power strip may be the coolest detail. You can imagine R2-D2 plugging right in. There’s also a floating model Razor Crest sitting on the workbench. It’s a different build, similar to one the maker shared on Instagram of the Millennium Falcon.
We saw this conversion video thanks to Technabob. Though it doesn’t mention what type of IKEA desk or table this is, the video description does list the other parts and equipment needed to make the build. And it all looks relatively simple, even for those of us Star Wars fans who may not be as crafty.
As for other IKEA / pop culture mashups, don’t forget you can recreate the rooms from Friends, The Simpsons, and Stranger Things thanks to an ad campaign. There’s also IKEA-inspired instructions for how to make movie villains, including Darth Vader. Simply cut off all limbs and add fire. Only one person required. And an Allen wrench, of course.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.