There are countless Ikea hacks circulating on the internet these days and we’re super grateful! I think everybody has had at least one piece from Ikea in their homes at some point in their lives (please reach out and let me know if you haven’t because I’m fascinated by you!) Whether you have a piece that you’re looking to flip or you want to snag a secondhand Ikea item on the cheap and update it- we have some of the best homemade upgrades for you.
Dressers from Ikea are great because they are essentially blank canvases for you to update them in whatever which way you want. I’m a big fan of this DIY tutorial from Refinery29 because it’s super simple and leaves you with a dresser that is completely on trend. Use a high gloss white paint on the faces of the drawers and a dark wood stain on the top, base and legs of the dresser to achieve a high-end look on a budget. Go ahead and put whatever knobs you prefer to finish off the dresser and have it ready for use in your bedroom in no time! Shop all Ikea dressers on Krrb.
Cube Storage Spaces
I feel like we have all encountered the Expedit/Kallax storage unit at least once in our life. If you’re bored of it or don’t have use of it anymore, don’t just toss it- turn it into something great. The Everygirl teaches you three ways to update it so you’ll be proud to showcase this Ikea staple in your home. My favorite way that they flipped this piece was by simply adding legs and turning it into a bar car of sorts. By adding legs, it brings new life to the lil’ cube making it more fun and functional. Shop all Ikea storage on Krrb.
I’ve had countless friends who have tried an Ikea hack or two on their sofas, including completely dyeing the fabric a new color, but this one really spoke to me. I love the look of a classic Mid-century sofa, but am not at a place in my life where I necessarily love the price of them. Betty from Oh Everything Homemade will walk you through how to tuft your Ikea sofa and turn it into a high-style seating option. The process isn’t hard or expensive, but will require patience. So do as she suggests and turn some music on and get to it! Shop all Ikea couches on Krrb.
If you’re feeling motivated, you’ll be able to get this upgrade done in one, two, three. There are definitely more steps to this hack from Place Of My Taste, but in the end you’ll have a great looking media stand that is truly unique. By adding doors and legs, it completely transforms this modern unit into something with a more homey feel to it. The contrast of Ikea glossy white and dark wood will look great in a home filled with warm rugs and plants. Shop all Ikea media stands on Krrb.
I am not embarrassed to say that I really do like the Ikea Poang chair. I love the shape and think it’s a really comfortable seating option (especially with the matching ottoman.) However I would like to reupholster the chair with a fabric that is more me. A faux sheepskin or fur upholstery makes it a fun accent chair to contrast other dark leather seating options. Melissa from Polished Habitat has the lowdown on how to properly measure out, cut and assemble the new fabric of your choice to recover your chair! Shop all Ikea chairs on Krrb.
Since Ikea pieces tend to be lack details, it leaves you with a ton of creative flexibility on how you want to update your furniture. Try adding leafing to the legs or base structure of your tables or side tables. It’s an inexpensive way to bring the metallic trend into your home. Style Me Pretty gives the 411 on how to properly apply copper leafing to the legs of this side table and wow, does it make all the difference! Shop all Ikea side tables on Krrb.
I’m not normally one for pops of color in my home, but this hack makes me want to branch out. Spray paint shelving brackets to turn your mass-produced storage into something truly unique. Whether you have wood, glossy white or black shelves, the contrast of color will look terribly cool. Even more fun? You get to choose whatever colors you want to fit your color scheme. Our inspiration came from the creative minds of Elia Maurizi and Francesco Pepa and we’re very happy that they shared this idea. Shop all Ikea shelving on Krrb.
If changing knobs and painting brackets is the extent of DIYing you’re willing to do, then this may not be the project for you- but you should still check it out! The talented Gwen of The Makerista transformed an Ikea bookcase into a built-in library that will seriously blow you away. From an average bookcase to a focal point complete with moulding and a rolling ladder, it really is a beautiful instillation. Shop all Ikea bookcases on Krrb.
This hack is a DIY-crowd favorite and I have yet to get sick of it. Two words: Contact paper. This stuff works wonders and allows you to improve a dingy, scratched up surface into something you can show off. If you grimace every time you go to put something down on your table because of those permanent marker doodles, cover them up. Frida, the very cool art director from Sweden, transformed her Ikea desk into a stunning piece with the help of marble contact paper. Shop all Ikea tables on Krrb.
I think one of the most interest Ikea pieces you can flip is a solid wood kitchen island. There are so many different ways you can personalize this cart to your needs, from adding hooks, to cutting boards and wine racks. The Hunted Interior showed us her take on this hack and we were totally smitten. She took this basic piece and turned it into the a country kitchen necessity! Shop Ikea kitchen islands and other gear on Krrb.
What are your favorite Ikea hacks? Have you ever tried any of the ones featured? Let us know in the comments!