How to Dress up IKEA Furniture

by Megan WildNovember 15, 2016

When decorating your place stylishly but cost-effectively, you may find yourself shopping at IKEA more often than not. However, if your home is full of the Swedish-designed furniture, it can lack the look and feel of your true style and distinct personality. To personalize your IKEA-bought home décor elements, consider these seven ways to dress up your buys:

Slip Into Something

The standardized size and shape of IKEA couches, chairs and cushions make them easy to find slipcovers for. Removable, reusable and washable textiles can cover up the factory-direct look. Slipcovers will refresh the interior design of your living space in a snap. Plus, the inexpensive fabric coverings allow you to switch up the look depending on your mood. The styles range from textured to patterned and everything else between. Take a look at some of the options provided by Target.

You can makeover your space multiple times without having to drop serious amounts of cash or increase your credit-card debt.

Decide on a Decal

By adding a decal to a shelving unit, cabinet or wall, you’ll create visual diversity in a room. The peel-and-stick designs can be added or taken away on a whim.

After the simple application process to a wall or furniture surface, your space will have your personal touch. It will bring a dynamic feel to a once visually flat surface. Overstock has a great variety for every room in your house.

Put on Some Paint

The success of IKEA is how uniform and simple its designs are – enabling almost anyone to envision and integrate them into their home.
Spice up a plain IKEA chair, bookcase or chest of drawers with a good coat of paint. You can cover the whole item top to bottom or highlight elements of it with hints of color. Depending on the material your IKEA item is made out of, you may want to adjust the type of paint you buy. What works on wood won’t necessarily work on a plastic or metal piece of furniture.

Whatever you do, make sure to apply primer first to prep the surface and remember: a drop cloth will protect your floor.

Rebel Against the IKEA Rules

Just because the instruction manual says to assemble the furniture in a particular way, who says you have to follow the rules? Be a rebel and live a little.

Many people have taken to hacking IKEA designs to come up with their own unique creations. Using a utensil holder for a toilet paper holder or a wall cabinet as a bike rack are just a couple of examples.

However you hack it, it’ll pretty much guarantee you’ve got a one-of-a-kind piece of home décor.

Mix and Match

The standardized designs of various IKEA furnishings make it easy to swap tabletops, counters, and legs while you’re still in the store. You don’t need to take the catalog as gospel – see what models have similar measurements and can be interchanged. You will create a distinct and personally styled item for your home.
Consider replacing the handles on your cabinets and drawers. You can swap out the fixtures for a whole new set, or go the eclectic route by putting a different fixture on each door.

Have fun and let your personality be showcased with these small touches.

Do Decoupage

Use your imagination to envision what a bulletin board or lamp shade could be like if you applied a little bit of extra attention to it.

You can create an individualized look with decoupage, which involves the use of glue and fabric or paper. You can cover an object with a print or texture that makes it distinctive. Perhaps add a pattern that relates to your interests, such as maps of places you’ve traveled, ships if you love the sea or flora if plants are your thing. With a simple coat of glue and fabric or paper, you’ll have a piece like no one else.

IKEA is a great place to find inexpensive furnishings for your home, but if you’re not careful it can make your place devoid of any personal style. If you want to inject yourself into your IKEA-bought furniture and accessories, you can use many simple but effective ways to do it. Give them a try and make your home your very own. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Megan Wild
Megan Wild enjoys finding easy and low-stress ways to improve your home. In her downtime, she enjoys flipping flea market finds, hanging out with her dog, and writing on her home-themed blog, Your Wild Home. She's passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and you can find her tweeting about both @Megan_Wild.