Rolling up your sleeves and revamping your IKEA furniture makes your space more one-of-a-kind, and, as a bonus, makes your affordable purchase look way more expensive and high-end.
Here are some of our favorite IKEA hacks, refurbishments, and paint jobs we found online.
1. An Extra-Long Desk
As the COVID-19 pandemic brought a shift to online schooling and working from home, DIY enthusiast Nidhi Katkar wanted a comfortable, organized workspace for her family. So she decided to optimize space by turning two IKEA RAST three-drawer chests into an extra-long desk.
2. DIY Greenhouse
Real talk: this just might be the best hack for plant parents we’ve ever seen—and we’re not the only ones who think so. Transforming any glass IKEA cabinet into a mini greenhouse is all the rage. Not only does it look amazing, but it gives your plants plenty of faux sunlight and protects them from any hazards (such as kitties who might want to chomp on the leaves).
3. Boho Basket-to-Table
Just cut the weaving to remove the handles, center the bottom onto a circular cut of wood and glue it together. Voila — a cute piece of furniture on the cheap.
4. Functional Farmhouse Wall
She mixed-and-matched hooks to hang her favorite mugs, faux plants, cutting boards and dried flowers. The result? An adorable nook that makes your space feel so homey and it only takes an afternoon to craft.
5. Crate & Barrel-Inspired Sideboard
Another reason we love IKEA hacks: they’re oh so affordable. DIY Bloggers Derek and Danielle Westra were looking to replace an IKEA cabinet that held bins for their young children’s schoolwork and arts and crafts supplies. They fell in love with a sideboard from Crate & Barrel, but did not love the $1,500 price tag.
So, with a trip to Home Depot and four days of building, they transformed their little open cabinet into a sideboard identical to their inspiration piece—at a fraction of the cost.
6. Faux Gold Mirror
All you need for a DIY glam mirror is an IKEA LOTS mirror, a package of adhesive pearls, some spray paint, and a piece of cardboard. It’s an incredibly easy (and affordable!) way to craft a statement piece for your wall or shelf. And because it looks this luxe, no one will ever know you made it so inexpensively.
7. Kallax Cupboard
The little details make this project great—check out the painted mouldings she used to frame the Kallax inserts, and the gold square handles she found on Etsy.
8. DIY Woven Headboard
Do you ever look at a bookshelf and think, “that would make a great headboard?” Yeah, we didn’t think so. Which just makes this out-of-the-box hack so much cooler.
DIY Blogger Liz Hartmann snagged the side unit of IKEA’s IVAR shelving and ditched the rest for cotton webbing. She stapled the webbing taut horizontally, then threaded more webbing vertically to create a boho woven look. It’s a simple, albeit time-consuming, project with a gorgeous end result.
For a more in-depth look at the project, check out her Instagram highlight.
10. Stylish WFH Station
This hack doesn’t actually require you to build anything (aside from assembling your IKEA furniture, that is). To create a cute work-from-home space, grab an IKEA LINNMON tabletop and two (only two!) ADILS legs. Install both on the same end of the table, and on the other use an ALEX drawer unit for storage. And there you have it—a more functional desk space, no skill required.
11. Add Temporary Wallpaper
This is another simple hack anyone can do — the hardest part is measuring each drawer and cutting out the wallpaper pieces just right.
12. Mirror, Mirror
Need a cute full-length mirror? Make your own with a big sheet of wood, battens, and lots of IKEA Lots 12” mirror pieces. With some simple spray painting and glue, you’ll be done in an afternoon.
9. Dressed-up Drawers
Fiona Matheson, a first-time DIY renovator, needed furniture pieces to match the black dressing table in her spare room. After searching second-hand sites for just the right chest of drawers, she had no luck. Until she saw this brown IKEA unit for £5.
This transformation is simple and easy (all it takes is sanding, priming, and painting), but it gives this old IKEA piece a totally different—and more modern—look. Anyone can do it!