25 Best IKEA Hacks from Around the Web

By Sunshine Menefee
Staff Writer

Oh, the many wonders of IKEA. It seems absolutely magical to take an inexpensive and basic piece of furniture and turn it into something grand. The internet abounds with inspirational DIY projects taking these utilitarian pieces and creating custom objects that are specialized and more utilized. IKEA created a massive following by bringing simple and affordable design to the masses.

But some of us just are happy with that. We see tables that can be beefed up and stained a darker color. We see dressers that need shiny knobs and bun feet or planters repurposed as organizers. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options out there so I’ve taken the time to round-up 25 of my favorite projects. Narrowing them down was no easy task!

1. Tarva dresser into rolling desk

This simple Tarva dresser gets a major makeover int his extensive project. Not for the faint of heart, this one is labor intensive, but the finished product looks much more expensive and stylish.

image source: inmyownstyle.com

image source: inmyownstyle.com

 

2. Borby lantern into terrarium

This pretty lantern gets a new life as an indoor terrarium. It’s a very simple, but pretty hack.

image source: thouswell.com

image source: thouswell.com

 

3. Ingo table into rustic farmhouse table

You’ll never believe this gorgeous, weathered table started out as the $69 Ingo table. The transformation is utterly impressive. Check it out at East Coast Creative. 

image source: eastcoastcreativeblog.com

image source: eastcoastcreativeblog.com

 

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4. Hemnes vanity

A little paint goes a long way in transforming this dark vanity into something light and crisp at The Golden Sycamore.

image source: thegoldensycamore.com

image source: thegoldensycamore.com

 

5. Billy bookcases into half-wall

Bill bookcases are some of the most versatile and most hacked IKEA products out there. Here, they are used as a half-wall to separate two rooms.

image source: goldenboysandme.com

image source: goldenboysandme.com

 

6.  Akurum cabinets into a sideboard

Every dining room needs a sideboard. This one is created from simple cabinets with a wooden top and chic pulls added for a modern look.

image source: madebygirl.com

image source: madebygirl.com

 

7. Bekvam cart into rolling island

This rolling cart gets updated with a cool black paint and marble top.

image source: oliverandrust.com

image source: oliverandrust.com

 

8. Rast dressers into vintage chests

A pair of Rast dressers get reimagined as cute vintage night stands with some leather and brass. The brass corners and leather backed pulls step it up a notch.

image source: vintagerevivals.com

image source: vintagerevivals.com

 

9. Ribba frame into game box

A simple picture frame is used to make an adult sized game controller.

image source: ikeahackers.net

image source: ikeahackers.net

 

10. Spice racks into book racks

Sometimes the best use for something isn’t the intended use. Simplicity is key here by using spice racks as storage for children’s books.

 

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image source: domesticsimplimity.com

 

11. Billy bookcases into built-ins

Surround a few Billy’s with molding and you have a classic built-in library.

image source: themakerista.com

image source: themakerista.com

 

12. Vurm wine rack into a herb garden

This wine rack is reimagined into an indoor garden for fresh-cut herbs for dinner.

image source: curbly.com

image source: curbly.com

 

13. Stainless steel pendants into copper

Spray paint is all that’s needed to transform these pendants for industrial to rustic.

image source: kojo-designs.com

image source: kojo-designs.com

 

14. Rast dresser into a desk

This amazing desk started out as a pretty plain dresser. Adding a top, some legs and paint make a huge difference with an elegant result.

image source: addisonmeadowslane.com

image source: addisonmeadowslane.com

 

15. Hyllis units to wall-length shelves

Do you get sticker shock when shopping at those designer stores? Create your own industrial bookshelf knock-off with simple metal shelves and some wood.

image source: skreytumhus.is

image source: skreytumhus.is

 

16. VITTSJO shelving units into stylish bookshelves

Grouping units together makes a large statement with these industrial shelves. Some major styling makes them uber-cool.

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17. Plain side table into copper and marble

Copper leaf and marble contact paper make this side table stand out as super chic.

image source: apartmenttherapy.com

image source: apartmenttherapy.com

 

18. Separate pieces into an accordion lamp

A bathroom mirror and clamp light are combined to create an accordion wall sconce.

image source: poppytalk.com

image source: poppytalk.com

 

19. Hamper into table

Add a piece of wood to an old hamper and voila. Instant side table.

image source: thecleverbunny.com

image source: thecleverbunny.com

 

20. GRUNDTAL mirror into nautical inspired mirror

Proving that style doesn’t have to cost a lot, this nautical themed mirror was created by simply adding rope.

image source: apartmenttherapy.com

image source: apartmenttherapy.com

 

21. EKBY VALTER bracket to bedside pendant

Drill a few holes in a wooden bracket and you’ve got a hanging pendant.

image source: nalleshouse.com

image source: nalleshouse.com

 

22. Card holders to antique card catalog

Making the new look old was all it took to bring out the style in these wooden drawers.

image source: thepaintedhive.net

image source: thepaintedhive.net

 

23. KNUFF magazine holders to unique table

This amazing table actually uses magazine holders laid on the sides.

image source: ikeahackers.net

image source: ikeahackers.net

 

24. Statlig board into book bridge

From a flat board to a book bridge. Get the how to here.

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image source: instructables.com

 

25. Tufted Transformation

A mid-century modern sofa gets some high style with tufted backs.

image source: oheverythinghandmade.com

image source: oheverythinghandmade.com

 

The options are never-ending when it comes to creative ways to reuse and repurpose IKEA furniture. Show us your favorite hacks in the comments below!

 

 

 

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