12 Amazing, DIY IKEA Hacks You Have to See to Believe

by Matty ByloosMay 6, 2016

Combine IKEA Furniture With a Little Ingenuity, and Bam!

IKEA may be the world’s greatest ever source for cheap, decent furniture. This is, in and of itself, a bit of a problem for many people. Because IKEAis so affordable and decently made it is virtually everywhere, and it has a tendency to all look the same…enter the Ikea hack!  The following 12 hacks (one for every month of the year) demonstrate how you can easily take your IKEA furniture to the next level of cool.

DIY IKEA furniture hacks

1 – Book Shelf Becomes Sideboard

Take an IKEA Kallax shelving unit. Turn it on its side, screw on some legs. Paint it or cover it with shelf paper until it looks the way you want it, then load it up with your dishes, bric-a-brac, and whatever else you like.

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2 – Two Sheepskins Become Floor Runner

Take two Rens sheepskins, sew them together at the fat ends and you have a runner for in front of the coffee table or a short hallway.

3 – Use an Old Rope or Leather Belt to make a Pendant Mirror or Clock

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Start with a Grundtal mirror or a Pugg clock. Attach an old length of rope or a worn leather belt and suspend the clock or mirror on the wall. Now you’ve got a Restoration Hardware-inspired wall piece for your home!

4 – Make a Bar Cart From an End Table

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Begin with the IKEA Vittsjö laptop table, screw on a sturdy base of wood, metal, or Plexiglas, add some casters or wheels, and you’re ready to load your DIY bar cart it up with liquor, mixers, garnishes, and bar tools.

5 – The Floating Credenza

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Begin with a Besta shelf unit and two Besta suspension rails with doors and a wood panel cut to match the top and stained the way you like it. When you’re done’ you’ve got a beautiful floating credenza for your bedroom.

6 – The Library Wall

DIY Library WallImage courtesy of The Makerista

For this project, you will need one wide Billy bookcase and two narrow Billy bookcases, a quantity of lumber to secure them to the wall and each other, and a quantity of crown molding to finish the look. With maybe a day’s worth of work, you’ve got an amazing library wall that your friends won’t believe started with IKEA furniture.

7 – Make a Translucent Accent or Privacy Wall From Glass Vases

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Begin with an assortment of Rektangel vases. Paint them on the inside and build them into the wall you need using transparent epoxy or another strong glue.

8 – DIY Banquette Seat

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This DIY banquette seat will require some sewing skills to make the back and seat cushions, but it all begins with a base made of a Kallax bookcase turned on its side. For bonus points include some Bladis baskets to for organized storage.

9 – Sconces Made From Shelf Brackets and Pendant Lights

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Start with two Ekby Valter brackets, drill a few holes to make a course for the cords and string up a couple of Melodi pendant lights for the bedside, or anywhere you need a sconce.

10 – Make a $400 Couch Look Like it Cost $2000

 

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Start with a Karlstad sofa. Swap out the legs for some better looking mid-century ones. Tuft the cushions yourself if you have the upholstery skills or find a local upholstery shop to do it for you, and with just a little bit of work, your affordable couch can look like an expensive one.

11 – Time Traveling Coffee Table

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Everyone loves mid-century furniture, but no one loves paying for it (if you can even find it these days). The solution? Buy an inexpensive Lack coffee table and put it together with mid-century style legs that you order from Home Depot or another supplier, and you’ll end up with the perfect expensive-looking coffee table.

12 – A Rustic Log Slice End Table

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Scavenge a log slice where you can (a neighbor’s tree falls down in a windstorm, you have a logger friend, etc.), sand it, stain it, and attach the legs from a $5 IKEA Marius stool and you can easily create this lovely little side table.

You Don’t Have to Be a Carpenter or a Designer

All you need to take the design goodness of IKEA’s furniture and customize it to suit your style is a handful of dollars, a handful of tools, and a handful of know-how or ingenuity.


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Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.
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