IKEA Hacks — 59 Clever and Budget-Friendly Ways to Design Your own Furniture

These genius IKEA hacks are easy to replicate and can help you achieve the "designer-look" furniture of your dreams, without the designer price tag

IKEA BILLY bookcase hack
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Who doesn't love a good IKEA hack? If you're looking to create a home that feels uniquely you, IKEA's range gives you a springboard to get customize your decor. Whether you're looking to create a particular look for less, or you want to just flex your creative muscles, IKEA is the place to start. 

'IKEA hacks are standard procedure here at Livingetc,' says Pip Rich, global editor-in-chief at Livingetc. 'We love seeing the creativity that is layered on top of IKEA's off-the-shelf products, and how much personality and flair can be added. Based on what we are sharing here, the only limit seems to be how much time and creativity you have.'  

To inspire you to create the very best custom furniture with your DIY skills, we've collected nearly 60 of the very best IKEA hacks from the web, to inspire and show you just what's possible. 

1. Consider IKEA's IVAR for a cabinet update

ikea ivar cabinet

(Image credit: Luke Arthur Wells)

Interior stylist and home renovator Luke Arthur Wells experimented with an interesting IKEA IVAR hack. With his DIY know-how, he created a striking cabinet, using small square and rectangular-shaped panels stuck onto the doors' surface.

He cut 56 blocks out of leftover sheet timber using his power tools. 'It's so important to number each piece as you do it,' Luke says. 'They're all a similar size, but slightly different, so without the numbers, it'll take you forever to find the right order to put them in.' 

He then used a Ryobi Palm Sander (available from Amazon) to sand the edges. Since the IVAR sits on the floor, Luke chose some simple bun feet from Amazon to raise it up slightly. He finished it with furniture paint that didn't require priming first. 'Because the IVAR is untreated, it's a super easy piece of IKEA furniture to paint,' Luke explains. He finished it with a matt varnish. And there! The piece looks as good as store-bought (maybe even better!)

2. Elevate a cabinet with IKEA HAVSTA 

Ikea cupboard transformation

(Image credit: Luke Arthur Wells)

This incredible IKEA furniture hack by designer Luke is one to take note of. The HAVSTA cabinets that were once plain and flat now have texture and a soothing palette.

To get the fluted effect on the front of the cabinet, he measured the inset of the cabinet door and cut some half dowels to size. 'Place all the dowels roughly on the door and start to mark out your pattern with a pencil,' he says. Then, using a fine painter’s tape, he taped over the lines. 'I started on the outside of each line so that I could paint the center section first,' says Luke.

He chose a wavey design in a neutral color palette using leftover paint from his COAT paints collab colour Well Grounded. 'Consider two coats for a rich color finish,' suggests Luke. 

He then stuck the dowels to cabinet. 'Start on the inside edge, and if you find that the dowels don’t fit exactly, you’ll need to sand down the edge on the last dowels to be fixed,' he says. Once all the dowels were stuck down, he gave the whole cabinet a once over with a clear, matte varnish that is hard-wearing. 

3. Give an IKEA Stockholm a sleek makeover

dark grey cabinet with grey lamp on top

(Image credit: Public 311 Design/@elsiehome.co)

Lauren of Elsie Home transformed her IKEA STOCKHOLM sideboard with this quick and easy hack. Ideal for living room or as a dining room buffet

'The IKEA STOCKHOLM sideboard is made with a walnut veneer, so it was important to use a good primer,' says Lauren. 'We used Kilz primer since the veneer couldn't be sanded and then painted with Benjamin Moore Caldwell Green paint. I chose to leave the legs unpainted to give the piece a bit more dimension.’ 

4. Utilize IKEA PAX to upgrade your laundry room

IKEA Utility room

(Image credit: Kerry Kellett)

DIYer and lifestyle influencer Kerry Kellett wanted to make her utility room more organized and functional. 'We created a large utility/built room in what was the old kitchen in our house,' she says. 'I wanted this space to be practical, and functional, but also easy on the eye.'

For this, she decided to get creative with a DIY IKEA storage hack using the PAX system. 'I started by building a frame on the wall and floor using CLS timber 3x2,' she says. 'This creates a sturdy base for the carcasses to sit on, but also raises them off of the floor, so the skirting board can sit across the front.' She then secured the units by fixing them together, then raising the waste plumbing for her washer. Kerry then used spruce pine timber all the way around on the metal shelf brackets for strength. 'Finally, the last step was then adding the skirting board to the front of the unit.' This gives the entire hack a built-in look that looks so professional

5. Design a regular IKEA fruit bowl into a side table

an ikea fruit bowl hack

(Image credit: Luke Arthur Wells)

Everyone has owned a wooden fruit bowl but how many of us have realized its potential as a stylish furniture piece? Luke decided to DIY his $25 IKEA fruit bowl by drawing around the bowl on a piece of MDF, and cutting out with a jigsaw. Since he needed to give the table thick legs, he stuck the pieces of MDF together with adhesive. Once dry, he drew around the edge of the bowl and cut the line out with the jigsaw too. 

He then drilled eight holes in a cross across the Blanda bowl with a thin drill paintbrush. 'Turn the bowl over, and on the inside, drive a screw through into the top of the legs with an electric screwdriver,' he says. He then applied skimming plaster over the table and then sanded it. To finish it off, he painted the table with a stone-effect paint with a little grit in it to create texture, using a paint brush. 

If you want to make your table look even more striking, place interesting side table decor pieces like vases and candles atop.

6. Consider IKEA OVERLAYS to give furniture an elevated look

A chest of drawers painted blue with white overlay trim on the drawers

(Image credit: O'verlays)

'IKEA overlays are custom-made pieces designed to fit specific IKEA furniture items,' explains Lotta of Norse Interiors. 'They can be made in various materials, such as wood, metal, or plastic, and come in different designs, patterns, and colors.'

These are a great way to transform and personalize regular IKEA furniture into unique, bespoke, and elevated pieces that better match a person's interior design tastes. 'Overlays are lightweight, paint-able, and easily attach to furniture, doors, walls, and glass,' explains Cheryle Rhuda of O'verlays. 'They're more than just an IKEA hack - they are used as mullions on kitchen cabinets, upgrading doors, wall coverings, and can be used on any flat surface in your home.'

To attach these, all you need is adhesive or other mounting methods provided by the overlay manufacturer. You can also switch out the whole front of the IKEA furniture by replacing the entire doors. Overall a great weekend project!

7. Go for built-in storage using IKEA PAX and BESTA units

An IKEA BESTA unit with two PAX closets to make built-in wall storage and decorated with decor and houseplants

(Image credit: Lacey Moldow (@loft.flora))

Home renovator Lacey Moldow (@loft.flora) wanted to expand the storage in her Atlanta home and decided to take the designer IKEA hack route. For the living room, she used two PAX wardrobes and a BESTA unit in the middle of the room. 'I then had to reconcile the differences in base height and depth to make them look like one cohesive built-in unit,' she says. 'The 29-inch PAX units that fit within my space only came with the option of one larger door and one tiny door. That just looked wonky to me and I wouldn't have it, so I ended up having to buy two of the larger doors and cutting them both down to size, then using some paintable iron-on edge banding to clean up the edges.'  

After that, she built a wooden platform from 1x3 boards so the middle BESTA unit could sit flush with the PAX units on either side. To give the units a customized look, she painted them the same color as the walls in that room, which is Warm Blush by Benjamin Moore, but she used a Zinsser's B-I-N shellac primer first. All in all, this project proves that storage ideas for small spaces can be seriously stylish and that a DIY bespoke approach is the way to go!

8. Create a beautiful dining display unit with BILLY bookcases

A white, built-in cabinet in the dining room

(Image credit: @henrikjunehome)

This beautiful wall-to-wall storage was built into an alcove and created by a DIYer with IKEA BILLY bookcase hack, while also using Oxberg glass doors. It took meticulous measuring skills, hard work, and ingenious innovation. 

To create the unit, Steph began by removing the skirting boards in the alcove. 'The hardest part was starting and messing up the perfectly good baseboards,' says Steph from Henrik June Home. She cleverly built a sturdy carcass for the base with scrap plywood and added a butcher block countertop for the Billy bookshelves to rest on. She increased the depth of the built-in bookcases by using brackets made from scrap wood, studs, and screws. Then fitted the Billy bookcases and side panels.

She painted the frame white and the doors too but separately. Once dry, she secured them to the frame. 'It was so worth it after all that hard work, effort, and uncertainty,' says Steph.

9. Design a side table using IKEA RÖDEBY bamboo armrests 

A wicker chair next to a wooden side table

(Image credit: Kerry Kellett (@klk.interiors))

Want to give your living room furniture a brand-new look? This upcycled side table is a great example. Made using a plant pot, a lazy Susan tray, and a bamboo slatted armrest, all from IKEA, home renovator Kerry Kellett (@klk.interiors) was able to come up with a great IKEA coffee table hack emblematic of organic style. To design this piece, she used one large IKEA NYPON plant pot for the base, two IKEA RÖDEBY bamboo armrests as the wood veneer wrap, and a SNUDDA Lazy Susan as the tabletop. 

'I wrapped the first armrest around the pot and then measured the remaining space,' says Kerry. 'Using the second armrest I cut a piece to size and filled in the gap.' She then made the tabletop by removing the base from the lazy Susan so she was left with just the tray. 'Flip the pot upside down so the base is at the top,' says Kerry. 'You then need to apply adhesive to the base of the pot and place the top of the lazy Susan onto this.' Once dry, Kerry painted her side table with furniture wax to give the IKEA veneer a more rustic effect with a darker tone. 

10. Add a new built-in media wall with EKET cabinets

A living room with build in panelled shelving

(Image credit: Lindsey Learmonth (@thedcdiyer))

Multifunctional storage is the name of the game. Home renovator Linsey Learmonth of @thedcdiyer wanted to boost the functionality of her living room and decided to use some of the best IKEA products for alternate uses. She used three EKET cabinets with double doors and one single-door cabinet, as well as four sets of EKET double drawers to create a wall storage unit. 

'I'd already assembled and lined up the EKET cabinets and secured them to the studs,' she explains. She added a pine top to the surface of the cabinet. 'For this, I used pocket holes, rounded the edge, and then sanded, stained, and sealed before attaching from the underneath, inside the cabinets,' Lindsey explains.

'I built the upper shelves using ¾ plywood and dado joints, and attached the whole structure to the wall with floating shelf pins,' says Lindsey. She then edge banded all the rough edges and used a stain to match. Not only did this turn out to be a great DIY project, but it also saved her thousands of dollars.

11. Repurpose a chic wireless mushroom lamp with KARAFF and BLANDA

A mushroom lamp designed with Ikea products

(Image credit: Madycke Elisabeth (@madison.mea))

Madycke Elisabeth of @madison.mea used just three simple IKEA items and a few basic materials to design a wireless mushroom lamp from scratch, adding to a long list of IKEA desk hacks.

'My mom got me the 'KARAFF' vase, 'BLANDA' bowl, and the 'KORNSNÖ' lamp,' says Madycke. 'To protect the outside of the vase and bowl I first taped it off. Then I covered the inside completely using the spray paint,' she says. 

She colored the outside in a beige-mushroom tone. Then she placed the vase on a table and kept the KORNSNÖ light face down into the vase. Then covered the BLENDA bowl and place it upside down so that it rested on top of the light. When you push it down, you activate the push button on the light, turning on the lamp. Voila!

12. Design Mediterranean-style shelves using KALLAX

A customized shelf with rustic textured storage shelves housing folded laundry

(Image credit: Alice Mompean (@homefluffyhome))

Alice, a decorator and DIY expert of @homeflufflyhome has used an IKEA KALLAX hack to create the most eye-catching shelf. 'I thought the original KALLAX was way too plain,' says Alice. 'While useful, IKEA furniture is always very square and symmetrical and everyone has the same, so I wanted something a bit more individual.' 

For this, she began by removing the boards to create a less ordered look. After this, she applied Styrofoam sheets to each shelf to build up the width and create that rougher, textured appearance...much like a Mediterranean-style unit. 'I then created rounded shapes in polystyrene sheets, which I glued to some niches,' Alice explains. Once it was dry, she coated the entire piece of furniture with white tile mastic. 

Finally, she sanded every surface and added a protective wax to improve the durability of the shelves. 

13. Introduce designer style to a drab Alex drawer unit

A dark green desk with rattan-fronted drawers

(Image credit: @handymacly)

Rattan and cane are a popular interior design trend, popping up on furniture from chairs and beds to cocktail cabinets and more. We love how DIY-er @handymacly has brought this seventies style into the study with an elegant overhaul of IKEA's Alex desk drawer unit. 

She assembled the desk without the drawer fronts. Sawed the cleats using the miter box (to get precise angles) to the dimensions of each of the drawer fronts and sanded them down. 

She painted the wooden cleats black with two coats and stapled the cane directly to the drawer fronts. Once the cleats were dry, she glued them into place on the drawer fronts and fixed them with clamps while they dried overnight. Finally, she screwed the new gold handles behind the cleats for a total transformation! 

14. Hide mud room mess with a brilliant BILLY bookcase hack

A mud room with storage designed with Ikea Billy bookcase

(Image credit: @henrikjunehome)

This is another cool and clever creation from DIYer Steph of @henrikjunehome for a small laundry room and mud room . Aside from looking like it was fitted by a high-end design showroom for 000's, it cost Steph only $60 to build. 

She fitted height extenders above the shelves (cut to size) for more storage, then fixed eight Oxberg doors. Steph built floating shelves to the left with 1/2" plywood for the top, 1/4" for the bottom, and 1x2s for the support pieces and trim. 

She fitted the back bracket first using wall anchors, 3.5" wood screws, and studs, then supports either side and in the middle, then the top, bottom, and front panels. Finally, filled any gaps with wood filler. 

Steph glued scrap plywood panels to the cubby holes in the bookcase, clamping them into place and finishing them (and the shelves) with wood stain. She added panels to the top of the bookcase for a fitted floor-to-ceiling look. As well as nailing off cuts and pine moldings to the sides of the bookcase to hide the gap from the wall and for a smart finish. 

Finally, she built another floating shelf and a bench to the left of the cabinets. 

15. Create a new sideboard using KALLAX doors

A fluted art deco style credenza in a nook with gold hardware and a gold framed mirror above it

(Image credit: Emma-Jo Woollin)

Home renovator Emma-Jo Woollin of @mysecrethouseaccount turned her KALLAX from lackluster to a great IKEA dresser hack for the entryway.

She used the KALLAX doors for her fluted credenza idea and added molding. 'We used half-round pine molding and cut them to size (8.6 inches) using a chop saw to cover each door, using sandpaper to file the edges,' she explains. She then attached them to the doors with No Nails glue.  

To contrast the white walls in her lofty living room, she used a KALLAX door 'to get a color match service, mixing the paint the same color as the unit,' she says. 'I gave the doors three coats of color.' Finally, she used gold handles and matching feet from Amazon, to raise the credenza off the floor.

16. Revamp a vase with Luftmassa lampshade 

A black vase holding fresh flowers

(Image credit: @ikea.toulouse)

Give flowers and foliage a beautiful boost with an IKEA statement vase revamp. This one by @ikea.toulouse is so easy to achieve. 

The design hacker simply sprayed a glass IKEA cylinder vase with matt black paint, and let it dry. Then placed it in the center of an IKEA Luftmassa lampshade. Ready for a striking floral display. What could be simpler?

17. Fashion a stylish fireplace surround with OXBERG doors

A living room with a built in bookcase painted in sage green

(Image credit: Melanie Boyden (@melaniejadedesign))

Home renovator Melanie Boyden of @melaniejadedesign used an Ikea BILLY bookcase hack to create built-in shelving in just a few simple steps.

She bought 15 3/4 inch wide BILLY units, as well as OXBERG doors, an MDF sheet to cut the arch shapes, trim to go around the edges of the bookcases, and strip wood to give the doors their ribbed effect. 'I also used an old worktop from our kitchen as a hearth and a large shelf to act as a mantelpiece,' says Melanie. 

She built the BILLY units and bound them together and attached them to the walls. Then she used the MDF sheets to fit the front of the bookcases and took it up to the ceiling for the built-in effect. She measured the recessed panel on the OXBERG doors and cut the strip wood for the ribbed effect. She also fixed skirting boards to the bottom of the cabinets to hide the bottom of the bookcases. 

It took her four weeks to complete the entire shelving project; but at a nominal cost. 

18. Create an entryway closet with IKEA PAX

A hallway cabinet with moldings, painted sage green

(Image credit: Line Dupont)

‘I transformed our messy hallway with a mint green IKEA hack,’ says Danish designer Line Dupont. Before the renovation, the hallway was a darker space, paved with wood on the walls and the roof. 

The entryway lacked an effective storage system – so Line sought help from IKEA’s PAX system. However, the transformation didn’t end after she assembled the flatpack.  

Instead of leaving the PAX as a stand-alone unit, she took her hallway idea a step further by building them into the walls. This gave her a more bespoke look that slots into the first room of her home effortlessly.  Then Line added IKEA’s FORSAND doors – described as a perfect match to the PAX frames.

'I am so happy with this closet solution, which stores outerwear, shoes, bicycle helmets for a family of five away,' Line says. 'I love do-it-yourself projects, including devising and planning smart cheap solutions that can otherwise be quite expensive.'

19. Update cabinets with BJÖRKÖVIKEN doors

A sideboard designed with detailed fluting, gold handles and legs.

(Image credit: Annie Williams / @champagne.chaos)

This transformation comes from Annie Williams of @champagne.chaos, an Ohio-based designer who renovated her home in Columbus. Annie was inspired by Arhaus’s $3,000 Finnley Media Cabinet – a mixed-material focal point complemented by luxe white marble.  

For this Ikea entertainment center hack, she chose the IKEA BJÖRKÖVIKEN cabinet doors 'because they looked so similar to the $3,000 fluted Arhaus media console that I love so much,’ Annie says.

‘Four IKEA BJÖRKÖVIKEN cabinet doors made up the shell,’ Annie says. ‘The most difficult part was getting the MDF cabinet doors to curve on the sides, using kerf cuts.’ According to the designer, the Kerf cuts were a series of close-together cuts that she made down the back of the wood – almost but not all the way through.

After completing the fluted doors, Annie cut a curved top from the plywood for the top of the unit. She then built platform legs for the bottom and painted both. ‘I also attached to studs for added support since the piece is heavy,’ Annie adds. 

20. Turn an IKEA Pax into a sophisticated dressing room

In a country style home, a cabinet in the bedroom made with Ikea PAX

(Image credit: Jenna Sue Design Co / @jennasuedesign)

This project is by Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co, who has transformed her conventional closet into a fashionable boudoir that is only fitting for a French country cottage-style home. 

'If you only take away one thing from this project, let it be this trick. Build your cabinets up to the ceiling, use crown molding, and make your ceiling a focal point,' says Jenna. 'You will be amazed at the difference it makes.'

Jenna painted the PAX in Benjamin Moore's Advance in Onyx  (satin) before painting the surrounding walls in Sherwin Williams's Alabaster (flat) and the trim in Accessible Beige (semi-gloss). 

After completing the installation and painting, Jenna further individualized the units by using unique trim pieces from Ekena Millwork. 'Hardware choice is also important, as it’s the 'jewelry' that dresses up the space,' Jenna says. She chose to dress the space with brass accents that create a contrast against the unit's rich dark hues. 

Jenna adds that her small bedroom storage secret will accentuate the size of your space – especially if you install the molding up to the ceiling as seen below. The designer notes that your eyes follow the units upwards, thus making the 9’4″ ceilings 'feel a foot taller.'

21. Add kitchen cabinets in an entryway

A hallway with printed floor tiles and a long white cabinet made with Ikea products

(Image credit: Sophia Hardy / @sophia.at.home)

Sophia Hardy of @sophia.at.home, used IKEA kitchen cupboards to create chic coat and hallway shoe storage cabinet.

'We knew we wanted built-in storage in our entryway, so when the time came to renovate, we had a few quotes from local carpenters for some cabinets to be built - these were way out of budget,’ Sophia explained.

The designer sketched out what she wanted the storage to look like – most primarily; she wanted four doors to accommodate the four people in her home. She also wanted additional shoe storage and planned to maximize the historic high ceilings by building up by 10 feet.

Sophia used 12 wall cabinets in total – before setting up the lower four to create a ledge. She then chose shaker-style doors with low, closed hinges and ordered the minimalist golden handles separately. The designer also added timber on either side of the cabinets to ensure they remain in place.

22. Display your objects proudly on an Ikea BILLY

A living room with a floor to ceiling bookcase made with IKEA BILLY

(Image credit: Liz / @prettyprospectcottage)

This clever idea is courtesy of Liz of @prettyprospectcottage, who used BILLY bookcases to create a built-in alcove that stands as an exhibition space in her living room.

Using two slim BILLY bookcases, Liz created a raised platform at skirting board height from CLS timber (screwed securely into the back wall) and a piece of MDF. This was for the units to stand upon. ‘I [then] put the bookcases on top and fixed them to the wall with small blocks of CLS timber and metal brackets,’ she adds. 

To emphasize the ‘built-in’ style, Liz then made a frame surround for the units using molding that matched the paneling details elsewhere in the room. ‘I added a piece of skirting board along the front bottom edge and had a strip of timber cut to fit the gap in the middle,’ she explains. 

Once the units were in place and prepared for painting, Liz finished with a coat of matt varnish. 

23. Create symmetrical display cases out of HAVSTA cabinets  

A living room with a painted fireplace, which is surrounded by bookshelves made with Ikea products

(Image credit: Claire Douglas / @instahome_uk)

Designer Claire Douglas renovated her living room by customizing the HAVSTA cabinet. 'I wanted the larger section in the middle of the unit, so I decided to move the central, structural shelf. This was easy to do and just required a couple of new drill holes,' Claire explains. 

She built and attached her frame to the MDF panel to add both units to the wall. The designer then added an MDF panel to cover the gap between the top of the units and the ceiling – to emphasize the bespoke aesthetic. 

She then added lights by attaching the frames of the units with screws and a piece of wood to the ceiling to ensure they were sturdy. 

Once Claire had completed the main structure, she added more MDF strips around the edges of the unit. 'This gave the appearance of thicker wood on the unit and allowed me to balance out the width difference between the top and bottom units,' she says. 

As with every great hack, Claire decided to change the HAVSTA's handles. In this case, she used some half-moon-shaped handles that elevated her unit further. 

24. Make a cool apothecary cabinet with IKEA MOPPE

An apothecary table in the bedroom with several small handles

(Image credit: @patirobins)

The unassuming mini MOPPE drawers are perfect IKEA hack fodder. Get creative like @patirobins and make a trendy vintage-style apothecary cabinet for living room storage, made with four mini moppe drawers. 

'I trimmed the top row as I wanted the cabinet to look more rectangle, then glued the 4 cabinets using adhesive, framed it with wood, and then attached four hairpin legs,' says Pati. 'I also turned the drawers the other way around so I was able to attach my ow drawer pulls - giving it a library look. You could wax or stain it for a more retro feel.'

25. Design a glamorous bedside table using IKEA HEMNES

A small, compact side table next to a bed, with a gold-finished drawer

(Image credit: Leoma Harper Interior Stylist @styletheclutter)

Inject a splash of glamor to your sleep sanctuary with this chic IKEA nightstand hack by Leoma Harper, interior stylist of @styletheclutter.

'During the first lockdown I was on an upcycle mission,' says Leoma. 'These IKEA HEMNES bedside tables ended up being victims of this and now have a completely new look.'

'The new aesthetic was created using primer, followed by two coats of the lovely Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash, some gold leafing on the drawer, and finished off with a new handle from Anthropologie. I love how a new piece of furniture has evolved through this spontaneous paint over.' 

26. Fashion a stylish WFH space with IKEA INGO DESK 

A work from home desk in all black with a muted table top made wit Ikea products

(Image credit: @mrs_macs_home)

Who'd have thought a small home office could become such a stylish space? The £45 Ingo table has been transformed into a sleek desk perfect for a modern house by Ruth of @mrs_macs_home.

'The INGO is a small dining table but also makes a great size desk,' says Ruth. 'It’s also so easy to makeover as it’s made in untreated solid pine, so it's perfect for painting/staining etc.'

'I painted the lower base and legs in Farrow & Ball Modern Eggshell in Railings and then lime waxed the top with Liberon liming wax.' 

27. Make a built-in shelving unit utilizing IKEA BILLY BOOKCASE

A shelving unit in the living room with lots of small nooks

(Image credit: @mrs_macs_home)

Incidentally, Ruth of @mrs_macs_home has also created an interesting hack with BILLY bookcase. 

'We first removed the skirting board so the units could go flush against the wall,' says Ruth. 'We had to raise the bookcases to accommodate the height of the skirting so attached adjustable kitchen plinth feet to each unit.'

'Once all the units were in position and correct height, we glued and screwed the units together and anchored them to the wall. Then simply refitted the skirting board to finish.' 

Decorating bookshelves is the easy part. She added books, glassware, oversized bottles, logs, rattan baskets, and objet d'art for a super-chic modern rustic finish.

28. Introduce an elevated nightstand with IKEA RAST DRAWERS 

A nigthstand in the bedroom designed with powder coated blue

(Image credit: @amdolcevita)

An IKEA RAST chest of drawers hack is so appealing as the plain pine unit is crying out for a lick of paint. 

We love how Michelle of @amdolcevita transformed them into a cool, contemporary, best nightstand. 'I'd been searching for stylish nightstands for our cottage master bedroom, but decided to take it upon myself to hack the ever-popular IKEA Rast drawers,' says Michelle.  'I am so in love with them. The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Pigeon Gray, and the brass pin pulls are from Martha Steward via Home Depot.'

29. Give a new media unit a cool Ikea BESTA TV stand hack

A small, low to ground media unit that holds the TV and all its equipment

(Image credit: @baytakalthoum)

Take your IKEA BESTA TV stand to another level with a hip hack. Kalthouma of @baytkalthoum describes how she turned her BESTA into a showpiece. 'For this IKEA hack, I kept the BESTA doors and had them cut geometrically,' says Kalthouma. 'I had to cover the sides that were cut with lipping for a seamless look.

'I then glued cane on the doors' back and added knobs on the front that I found in Zara Home.' The easiest TV mounting idea!

30. Design a hotel-style bedroom with an IKEA HEMNES chest of drawers 

A big chest of drawers in dark blue with copper-toned handles

(Image credit: @mrs_macs_home)

Queen of covetable Ikea hacks @mrs_macs_home hit a home-style run again with the IKEA HEMNES hack, transforming the drawers into a design-led master bedroom piece. And, while it offers a high-end finish, it's super simple and affordable.

'I gave our old HEMNES drawers a makeover with paint and a change of handles,' says Ruth. 'I used Zinsser ALLCOAT which is a paint and primer in one, and I applied with a mini foam roller to give a smooth finish.'

'I found this pack of 12 brass cup handles on Amazon to complete the makeover.'

31. Style a modern planter with IKEA bed slats

A white shed with a flower planter box and a vertical slatted climbing frame for plants

(Image credit: Deborah Stubbington (@bangonstyle))

Seasoned DIYer Deborah Stubbington of @bangonstyle used a store-bought trellis, a lick of paint, and some old IKEA bed slats to create a modern wooden planter. 'I had to strip off all the webbing and the staples off the bed but once I’d done that, they were the perfect length for a planter,' says Deborah. She used her miter saw to cut the ends of each bed slat. Once she had the four panels to make up the planter, Deborah screwed them all together to form the sides. 

To create a base, Deborah bought wider wooden slats from a store and arranged them on one end of her planter, leaving gaps in between for drainage. 'I also added feet to the base of my planter using two offcuts of bed slats to raise it off the floor.' The perfect, most budget-friendly Ikea garden hack!

32. Overhaul your office with this IKEA Hack for Alex drawers

grey cabinets and wooden built in top for a home office

(Image credit: @jyll_mackie)

We'd be motivated to start work if our home office looked at this. Instagrammer Jyll Mackie of @jyll_mackie cleverly created an Ikea office idea with some IKEA ALEX drawers into a feed-worthy IKEA desk hack.

So how did she do this IKEA hack? 'I used two ALEX desk drawers as my base,' says Jyll. 'I love the functionality of these drawers, especially with the drop file folder drawer but I’m not a big fan of the look.' 

'I used a 2’x4’ piece of 1/4” hardboard and cut it down to cover each drawer,' says Jyll. 'I cut strips of the same hardboard to create the 'shaker' style front. I used construction adhesive and clamps to fasten these to the ALEX drawer fronts.

'I primed and painted the whole desk. Once dried I added hardware. I built my desk top out of birch plywood but you could use the desktops from IKEA. The cost of hacking the actual drawers was less than $20 (hardboard + adhesive).' 

33. Transform an IKEA BILLY bookcase into a dressing table area

monochrome dressing table in a white bedroom

(Image credit: @the_house_acc)

Feel like a film star every time you get ready with this ingenious IKEA Billy bookcase hack by Robyn  of @the_house_acc.

She used two BILLY Bookcases and two IKEA OXBERG glass doors to create the ultimate Ikea hack, forming these dresser units. Robyn used Frenchic Paint's Black Jack for the doors before adding reeded adhesive film by  Glass Films Europe to create the on-trend fluted glass effect.  We're a little starry-eyed over this one.

34. Elevate an IKEA PAX wardrobe with character-rich additions

white millwork in a bedroom with a green daybed

(Image credit: @readmorehouse)

What do you do when the IKEA PAX wardrobe isn't quite grand enough for your glam bedroom? Elevate it with an upscale IKEA hack, of course.

CleverThe clever duo Kevin and Sarah of @readmorehouse did just that. 'When faced with a no-closet master bedroom in our late-1800s Victorian Italianate home, we hacked the IKEA PAX system to create a character-filled, built-in wardrobe system that looks like it was always here,' say Kevin and Sarah. 

'We added crown molding , baseboard, and wall trim to match the original profiles in the room, seamlessly blending the wardrobes into the architecture,' share Kevin and Sarah. 'Finally, oversized 18" brass pulls add a touch of modern Victorian luxury.'

35. Create a divine dressing room with an IKEA cabinet frame

grey cupboard and a grey day bed in a large room

(Image credit: Superfront)

The concept of a dressing room is somewhat of a luxury, but a dressing room with a chic standing wardrobe is something from a higher design realm indeed. Superfront, a company that specializes in the ultimate upcycling of IKEA furniture with its designer door fronts, cabinetry, and hardware, has nailed this dressing room concept. It’s an IKEA cabinet frame (which by the way you have to purchase separately) with everything else - brass legs and all - supplied by Superfront. 

‘For a sophisticated and modern take on a dressing room look no further than Superfront’s Parallel collection in cloudy grey,' says Monica Born, co-founder, and CEO of Superfront. 'Available in multiple of sizes to fit a new or existing Ikea unit, Parallel looks great paired with some Pharmacy handles and Slender Low legs in brass for a chic design scheme The simple linear pattern will match a multitude of interior styles and help you create the dressing room of your dreams.'

36.  Build a fluted desk with two ALEX units

A home office with a fluted desk with a marble top and a rattan chair

(Image credit: Lindsey Learmonth (@thedcdiyer))

DIYer Linsey Learmonth of @thedcdiyer decided against buying a stand-alone desk and instead converged on an Ikea hack for her modern home office. She assembled the IKEA ALEX cabinets. 'I sourced real wood paper-backed veneer from The Home Depot that I cut to size and attached to all the sides of the ALEX drawer cabinets with a contact adhesive and then stained them to match the drawers,' says Linsey. 

For the drawer fronts, she used fluted trim for the inlay then stained it with Varathane Whitewash followed by Flagstone. She then added some sleek gold budget-friendly drawer pulls from to give the whole thing a high-end feel.

37. Customize built-in shelves with 4 BILLY bookcases

A dining room with arched built-in shelving painted cream

(Image credit: Rachael Young (@firsthouseonfinn))

Home renovator Rachael Young of @firsthouseonfinn created shelves with an IKEA shelving hack to transform her front room. 'The room was previously a workspace that I no longer needed,' she says. 'It also wasn't my style and didn’t flow with the rest of my home.' She decided to keep the desk, add more seating, and create her DIY shelving for extra storage.

She and her partner assembled one BILLY bookcase unit, to get an ideal spacing between each set of shelves. 'We had to figure out how many bookcases and how many height extensions we would need for our space,' Rachael explains. Between each unit, they installed 2x4s. For a seamless look, they used 1/2 inch MDF for the faces and arches. Once they nailed the arches, the couple reattached the crown molding at the top for a truly built-in appearance. They finally sanded and coated the exterior, and painted the walls, trim, baseboards - everything but the ceiling - in Cinnamon Sugar.

38. Convert BESTA cabinets into sideboard storage

A sideboard with moldings on it, with a TV placed on top

(Image credit: Fiona White (@ourstaffordshiresanctuary))

Home renovator Fiona White of @ourstaffordshiresanctuary noticed the potential of alcoves on either side of the fireplace and wanted to experiment with an Ikea built-in hack. 'We already owned one of the BESTA units and so decided to give it a go ourselves with an IKEA hack,' says Fiona. 

'We built a base for the unit at the same height as our skirting,' Fiona explains. 'Then we ordered a thick piece of MDF cut to size to make the tabletop.' In a clever manner, she blended the sideboard with the rest of the home with the trim that gives the storage a classic paneled effect. 'After adding molding and skirting, we caulked all the gaps and then primed and painted using the same color as the walls,' says Fiona.

39. Conjure a green dining, with this IKEA FINTORP rail hack 

wooden dining table and benches with pots of herbs on the wall

(Image credit: @houseofharnasz)

This is SO clever. Marketed as Ikea kitchen hack, Emily Harnasz has keenly and cleverly adapted the FINTORP into a wall-hanging display - for herbs! - in her dining room. 

'We recently installed a herb wall to our kitchen dining area as a way to add interest and texture to the space, as well as being a practical way to store our herbs,' Emily says. 'Although, as much as we loved the look of it, unfortunately not all of the herbs survived being inside so we decided to add in a mixture of faux and real plants to give the wall some much-needed longevity and fullness. Now we have a luscious collection of greenery that both looks good and is much easier to maintain.'

Simply grab yourself a few FINTORP rails and recreate this easy-access indoor herb garden in your kitchen or dining area at home. A brilliantly inexpensive way of adding flavor to the dinner table! 

40. Use IKEA PAX wardrobes for a built in bedroom storage

An IKEA pax wardrobe built into a small alcove in an attic room

(Image credit: Sophia Nikolaides (@1894home))

Home renovator Sophia Nikolaides of @1894home decided to put her Ikea PAX wardrobes for a fresh, new bedroom storage hack. 'When we came to finding a solution to an awkward nook under our bedroom eaves, we decided to use the IKEA PAX,' she explains. 'We cut the sides of the unit to fit under the slope and used the provided fixings to make it sturdy,' she says. 'Then it was a case of getting it in place for the doors.' 

To ensure that the storage looks seamless, she added slab doors. She then painted a soft neutral on the doors as trim; the same as the walls to create a unified aesthetic. The result is so inconspicuous!

41. Add a contemporary touch to a BILLY bookcase with paint

An ikea billy bookcase painted in a light sage green with brass handles

(Image credit: Sophia Kostich (@diydoctorsoph))

Home renovator Sophia Kostich of @diydoctorsoph tells us about her successful DIY project for a lovely home library.  'The project started with a billy bookcase from IKEA and I bought doors to go with it – the ones specifically with glass at the top half, and opaque at the bottom half,' she explains. 

A lover of pastels and subtle shades, she decided to upcycle and take on an Ikea wardrobe hack. To match the soft color palette of her room, she decided to color her cabinet in complementary hues. She ordered peel-and-stick samples from Lick in two soft sage greens and a pale dusky pink to help decide the final hue. 

She also purchased fluted molding in 7.8-foot lengths and cut them down. She then used No More Nails glue to stick these on, making sure they were level. 'I used my power drill to drill some holes, and then screwed them in from the inside,' Sophia explains. 'The final layer was some polyvine matt varnish to protect it before styling.'  

42. Turn a pretty HEMNES unit into a beachy, coastal gem

A customised IKEA HEMNES TV unit painted pale green with a geometric pattern

(Image credit: Ebony Basten / @ebonybasten)

Furniture renovator Ebony Basten says, 'I found a broken HEMNES unit for $30 on the marketplace. It had no back, a split drawer, and dodgy drawer runners.' 

A perfect Ikea hack for a small home, she decided to first purchase a 0.4-inch MDF slab and cut it to size to build a new back. She glued and clamped the drawer to fix the split, and finally adjusted the runners to help the drawers glide smoothly. 

She painted the unit with Feast Watson Liming White timber stain and then primed the piece using Dulux’s Precision Maximum Adhesion. And then finally did a last brush with Fusion's Eucalyptus mineral paint. Ebony even added hand-painted details to the drawers to make her IKEA HEMNES extra personal.  

43. Turn a MALM chest of drawers into an on-trend fluted masterpiece

A sideboard in all black, with a fluted exterior and a gold-painted knob

(Image credit: Jana Tohver / @saurustekodu)

Home renovator, Jana Tohver of @saurustekodu transformed the lackluster IKEA MALM staple into a bespoke set of drawers, ideal for living room, bedroom or hallway storage.

She used half-round moldings, and measured the height of the MALM drawers, and then got to sawing the piece to fit along the front. 'It took 160 pieces to get the final look,' she explains. 'I glued them on and finished with Fusion Mineral paint.' She finally painted the piece a dark color to contrast with the wall. The perfect DIY project!

44. Create a sleek built-in shelving unit with Ikea BILLY bookcase hack

ikea hacks using a billy bookcase with arched tops painted dark grey

(Image credit: Elisha Kelly)

Who knew an IKEA BILLY bookcase hack could look so stylish? We love how Elisha of Our Aesthetic Abode has transformed the shelving unit into a modern display piece. 

 ‘I started with two Ikea billy bookcases and then I framed around them using 2x4s,' says Elisha. 'I then cut 1/4” birch plywood with an arch detail for each shelf and nailed this facing to the 2x4 frame. I used a shellac-based primer first (BIN) and then Sherwin Williams Emerald paint in Urbane Bronze!'

Perfect for book organization, plant pots, or display items, this is a super chic addition.

45. Pimp your trash can with this Ikea FNISS

A waste bin covered in corded rope

(Image credit: Victoria Kader)

Who’d have thought a trash can could look so good? Tori of @va_va_room has given her trash can an upgrade with this ingenious hack. 

All you need for this hack is an IKEA FNISS waste bin, a hot glue gun with 15-20 glue sticks, a staple gun, and 8mm x 20m of natural jute twine. 

Using the IKEA FNISS waste bin, Tori stapled the first piece of natural jute twine onto the bottom of the bin before using a hot glue gun to stick the rest in a circular fashion going all the way to the top of the bin. 'It's such a simple little hack but looks so good,' says Tori.  Place it inside the powder room, kitchen or even bedroom and add a soft, elegant touch to the space.

46. Make your bedroom a luxurious paradise with Ikea PAX

A wardrobe from floor to ceiling painted peach in a bedroom

(Image credit: Charlotte Hugh)

Looking for Ikea bed hacks? Now this is clever. The hard work of Charlotte and Ben of @new.house.home has certainly paid off with this elegant built-in wardrobe. 

The couple brought together two IKEA PAX wardrobe frames with four GRIMO Doors and two BORGHAMN handles. Charlotte explains: ‘The first step was to build a plinth for each of the IKEA PAX wardrobes to stand on. The idea of this was to raise them a bit, creating a more built-in and elegant feel.’

‘We then used Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) around the edges and top of the wardrobe to box it in, using wooden battens hidden behind the MDF to hold it in place.’

‘After using more MDF to build the shelves in between the wardrobes, we corked and filled around the edges to make it look seamless with the walls' says Charlotte. 'We then lightly sanded down the wardrobes, before priming them & the shelves. Finally, we painted the wardrobes and the entire room in Farrow & Ball Setting Plaster. We used Eggshell paint on the wardrobes and shelves to give them a slight shine, and then used Emulsion on the walls.’

47. Build the ultimate children's den using Ikea TROFAST HACK

A kids bed designed in wood, with three steps and a play area underneath

(Image credit: Christine Mullan)

Having trouble getting your kids to go to bed? Not anymore! Christine of @architect_v_engineer used this clever hack to create a cool den for her son. This is how to design a kids' room in the most fun way. 

‘We used an IKEA reversible KURA bed as the higher loft bed option,' says Christine. 'We pulled the bed out from the wall and added a plywood shelf behind it to allow for light and books. We then attached battens to create a secret den under the bed and took some of the battens up and over the top of the bed to create an angled canopy.’

‘As our son is only 5 we used IKEA TROFAST tiered storage to create stairs up to the bed,' says Christine. 'We added some carpet tiles for a bit of softness and made a simple balustrade to help him down. We tied everything together using chipboard with our old IKEA STUVA drawers and wardrobe.'

48. Be pretty and pink with IKEA IVAR cabinet

A pink, fluted sideboard

(Image credit: Phuong Ngo)

If you want to give your cabinet a snazzy makeover then look no further. This simple but effective hack will transform your IKEA IVAR cabinet. 

Lau from @living.bylau gave her IKEA IVAR cabinet an upgrade by adding some cool texture and a splash of pink, creating a classy finish. She glued wooden sticks onto the cabinet at a horizontal angle before coating it in Gamma’s Texel paint and adding furniture legs from Amazon.  For the console table decor, she addeddisplay pieces and ornaments to get a modern look. 

49. Give your shoe cabinet a modern look with Ikea HEMNES hack

A dark blue cabinet with gold handles

(Image credit: Kelby Mayberry)

Fancy giving your shoe cabinet an uber-contemporary upgrade?  Experts are calling this Ikea shoe rack as the answer to your storage woes, all thanks to this super quick IKEA HEMNES hack fashioned by Kelby of @the.modberry.

‘First we cut and pin-nailed the lattice molding onto the door faces for the trim,' says Kelby. 'Then we cut the dowels to size and used the liquid nails to attach them to the doors. Once we attached everything, we sanded down the shoe cabinet with our orbital sander to roughen up the finish so the paint would stick.’

‘Then we put two coats of primer over everything and then painted over it with Black Onyx ColourPalace paint from Walmart and sealed it with two light coats of polyacrylic,' says Kelby. 'We then installed our new hardware onto the doors and put it into place. It was super easy and only took a couple of days!’ 

50. Create a cool grey bathroom with this Ikea METOD hack

A teal toned bathroom storage unit with multiple drawers

(Image credit: Erik Åkerblom)

If you fancy giving your modern bathroom a makeover, now you can give thanks to @eakerblom and @viccee, using their IKEA METOD cabinet hack. 

‘First, we cut down on the depth by 3 or 4 inches so it would be the right fit for the bathroom,' says Erik. 'Then we added drawers using IKEA BODBYN fronts and cover panels. The piece between the cabinets and the countertop is not from IKEA, just added for a more built-in look.’

‘We then sanded down the cabinet before adding two coats of Jotun’s LADY Supreme Finish paint as we felt the grey gives a more harmonic feeling with the marble and brass.’  

51. Give your cabinets a stylish update with the EKET IKEA hack

beige cabinets in a living room with a big round mirror

(Image credit: @twentyfivehome)

If you’re looking to spruce up your EKET cabinets, then Harriet and Luke of @twentyfivehome have the hack just for you. 

‘We measured our living room corners and the IKEA EKET cabinets fit perfectly on each side of the chimney breast,’ says Harriet.  ‘After attaching them to the wall (2 units in one alcove and 3 in the other), we cut MDF panels to size to fit down either edge and along the bottom of the units. We also added an MDF top which we had edged with a router to give it a nicer finish.’ 

‘For the doors, we glued decorative beading and caulked the gaps to make them look seamless. Finally, we primed and painted everything to match the wall color, apart from the top which we painted white. So pleased at how they turned out, especially as it saved us a huge amount of money!’

52. Build yourself a green paradise with this IKEA MILSBO hack

glass fronted cabinet used for a plant display

(Image credit: @planttheway)

What a creative way to add some natural greenery to your interior design. Julie of @planttheway has fashioned a clever Ikea greenhouse cabinet  and made a feature out of her MILSBO cabinet. 

‘Using the IKEA MILSBO cabinet as a greenhouse is perfect for people who love both plants and interior design,’ says Julie. ‘I love to use plants as decoration all over my house, but some plants just need that extra humidity and light.’ 

‘I have added weatherstrips around the doors and placed a cecotec oil diffuser to keep the humidity up,' says Julie. 'I have, since this picture, also added grow lights from IKEA since the cabinet is placed in a low light area of my living room. I have also used the IKEA SKÅDIS pegboard to utilize some of the vertical space.’ 

53. Create a contemporary-style cabinet with this IVAR hack

rattan fronts on a black cabinet with gold legs and candles on top

(Image credit: @blu.j.designs)

If you fancy giving your cabinet a modern update, then look no further. Emily @blu.j.designs has the perfect hack.

‘I was on the hunt for a buffet that was 12" deep by 66" long but everything I was finding was way over my budget,' says Emily.' When I found the IVAR system I knew I found the perfect piece. Using two IVAR Cabinets (400.337.63) and Doors (104.530.72), we painted them with Dixie Belle's Caviar Chalk Mineral Paint and Satin Clear Coat. The doors were 1/2" too wide, so we cut 1/2" off on each of the strike sides of the doors. We screwed the bases together to create one piece, added HAOTH antique handles from Amazon, and 6 gold spray-painted Waddel legs from LOWES.'

We are sure this smart storage trend Marie Kondo would love.

54. Fashion an ultra-modern cabinet with this IKEA BISSA hack

beige square cabinets with gold handles

(Image credit: @radenayu)

If you fancy giving your IKEA BISSA cabinet a sleek finish, Raden of @radenayu has got the perfect hack. 

‘I used two old IKEA BISSA units for this hack and started by scraping off the laminate which was already peeling as well as filling any holes or dents using a wood filler,’ says Raden. ‘I then proceeded to prime the cabinets before painting them with macchiato color. I used 3 coats of paint and sanded them in between each coat. To elevate the whole look, I added a half-circle gold hardware onto each door.’ 

‘Because IKEA BISSA is relatively bigger than the narrow IKEA HEMNES shoe cabinet, you can put stuff on top of it. You can just decorate the cabinet as an entryway storage or make it a home command center like I did.'

55. Give your chest of drawers a cool geometric look with this TARVA hack

chest of drawers with monochrome geometric pattern on the front

(Image credit: @steelbirchstudios)

If you’re looking to get creative with your chest of drawers or side table decor, then Courtney of @steelbirchstudios has a quick and easy hack for you. 

‘A bit of a spontaneous hack, I found this Lime Green IKEA TARVA Chest ditched on the side of the road,' says Courtney. 'I’d been waiting for the opportunity to use my Linear Tile Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils - and it was the perfect candidate. I first sanded it down and applied primer. I went with a base of Raw Silk and stenciled the pattern using Coal Black (both by Fusion Mineral Paint). I kept the base natural, tapered the front legs just a touch and, finished with small Brass Knobs. It’s a brilliant pattern that would work on almost anything.’ 

‘The design unfolds slowly as you turn the stencil in different directions. It’s really fun to use.’ 

56. Go for a sophisticated look with this IKEA MALM hack 

dark green cabinet in an entryway with a mirror on top

(Image credit: @lifeonwillowcreek)

Looking to give your chest of drawers or a bedroom dresser decor a touch of glamour? Morgan of @lifeonwillowcreek has the perfect hack to give your MALM drawers the splash of color they need. 

‘I first prepped this piece by sanding it down and then added the fluted detailing by using 5/8 square wooden dowels,' says Morgan. 'I attached them using a brad nailer. I then built the bottom frame/legs using a 2x2 piece of lumber and attached it with screws.’ 

‘I then painted it in Fusion Mineral paint in the color 'Bayberry'. Lastly, I finished off with some beautiful and sleek hardware.I  love how this piece went from basic to absolutely fabulous.’

57. Transform your dresser with this stylish HEMNES hack

black chest of drawers with gold handles and a persian rug

(Image credit: @tarynfalconerdesignstudio)

Fancy giving your dresser an upgrade? Look no further. Taryn of @tarynfalconerdesignstudio has a super easy Ikea HEMNES hack that will transform your dresser from simple to stylish. 

‘First, I gave it a light sanding and then painted it with 3 coats of Rich Black chalk paint,’ says Taryn. ‘I then painted it with 3 coats of water-based polyurethane to give it a protective finish. Finally, I changed out the wood knobs that came with it for beautiful brushed gold knobs and pulls.’

58. Be stylish and modern with this fluted effect IKEA hack

grey bedroom with white bedside table and plants

(Image credit: @our.home.at.29)

Kirsty of @our.home.at.29 got creative with an IKEA EKET cabinet with this easy hack that adds a sophisticated and trendy flute effect, perfect for a master or guest bedroom

‘I was struggling to find a bedside cabinet that had enough storage and fit the space, and I wanted something with a fluted effect,’ says Kirsty. `The only ones I could find that ticked all my boxes were out of budget, so I decided I would have a go at making my own using the IKEA Eket drawers.’ 

‘I used semi-circle pine moldings from B&Q and cut them to the right height before attaching them to the drawer fronts with No More Nails. I then attached the legs, which I bought from Britwood Ltd, and painted the whole unit in Dulux White Cotton.'

What does IKEA hack mean?

IKEA hack means decorating IKEA furniture using Do-It-Yourself skills. The idea is fairly simple: a person buys a piece of furniture from IKEA and changes, alters, or decorates it using DIY hacks.

Whether it's a simple paint job or reconstructing the furniture altogether, DIY hacks allow you to give your IKEA furniture a simple upgrade. 

Is IKEA cheaper than DIY?

IKEA tends to be cheaper than DIY as it's possible to make the item you want using affordable IKEA parts rather than spending more on raw materials to make shelves or desks, for example. 

It does depend on how much you spend on your materials, but since IKEA does simple household items so well, your best option might be to invest in IKEA items and use DIY hacks until you get the look you want. 

Can you sit on IKEA Eket?

As the IKEA Eket is a small cube-shaped cabinet and can hold around 15lbs per shelf, it's probably best that you don't sit on it and use it for storing or displaying items instead. 

From storing shoes to stationery, there are lots of clever IKEA Eket hacks that you can use to create fashionable storage units.

Can you sit on IKEA Kallax?

As with the IKEA Eket, it might be best if you don't sit on the Kallax due to the maximum load per shelf being 28lbs.

Why not use the Kallax shelving unit for book storage instead? Or place ornaments to create a feature in your home. 

How much weight can IKEA Besta hold?

The IKEA Besta frame can hold a maximum weight of 44lbs per surface. For smaller frames, the maximum hold is 20kg if placed on the floor. 

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