IKEA Hacks: 30 Awesome Ideas For DIY Beginners

IKEA hacks are a worldwide phenomenon. Every day, people share one-of-a-kind and IKEA furniture hack ideas for things like storage units, chest of drawers, dining room furniture, and IKEA shelves. The store and its customers provide an endless source of inspiration for easy DIY projects that you can use for your bedroom or home office.

IKEA Hacks

We’re excited to share with you the latest IKEA furniture hacks. We believe each hack will spark your imagination and inspire your next home makeover project.

30 IKEA Hacks That Will Transform Your Living Space Or Home Office

1. Chest Of Drawers 

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With IKEA furniture, elevating standard pieces is what this hack is all about. One of the coolest things about IKEA products is how you can build your furniture and increase storage space. The pieces are easy to assemble for beginners, making the furniture easy to modify.

DIY beginners and easy hack is a great place to start. They are surprised with how easy the hacks are and how they customize furniture pieces. You have the option of buying unfinished furniture that can be personalized with your choice of paint or finish. An example of how this works is with the tutorial from erinspain.

2. Mulig Bar Cart 

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If you’re looking for a clever hack, look no further. The matte silver Mulig cart was given a metallic gold spray paint finish which coordinates with the white marble shelves.

With this example a metallic gold spray paint job can make your bar cart look as sophisticated as any design. Be sure to tape off the non-metal parts of the cart to block over spraying. The transformation is described in detail at twinspiration.

3. Kallax Window Bench Conversion

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The IKEA Kallax is great storage space hack that gives you more floor space. A window bench with built in storage. This easy hack that won’t hurt your bank account and will breathe new life into a living space. The top cushion adds texture to the piece. You can use it to join colors in different parts of the room. Check out it on mommyvignettes and for more ideas. 

Easy DIY Hacks

IKEA is synonymous with easy. As our ultimate hack list continues, your definition of easy is about to be redefined.

4. LURÖY Wall Organizer

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Are you in need of fresh Insta worthy glow ups? For a shelving unit hack, the LURÖY bed frame can find a new purpose while providing you extra storage space.

Check out this incredibly easy hack at ichdesigner and see how a repurposed bed frame can become a wall mount organizer when accessorized with hooks, hanging baskets, and other things. Organizers are useful in every room, and they can be painted to match any color palette. You could also use reclaimed wood for this easy IKEA hack.

You can add it to an area of the house like the kitchen, entryway, bathroom, bedroom, or home office.

5. IKEA Billy Bookcases

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If you’re a big fan of the IKEA Billy bookcase, then you’ll like this easy hack. Some IKEA hacks are quick while others are complex. It depends on what you want to achieve and the materials involved. For instance, if you want to start a mudroom makeover there are elements that you can combine such as the BESTÅ unit or the Billy bookcase. Don’t forget, you can always choose your own style if you have better ideas.

Billy bookcases is one of the most popular items sold at the store. If you’re curious about IKEA Billy, check out ikeahackers for more ideas and inspiration.

6. Lack Charging Station

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The Lack TV bench features a built in charging station for your smart devices. The best things about it is it doubles as a console or side table that you can put next to your living room sofa. We found this one at ikeahackers.

Charging stations are an important piece of furniture in 21st century homes since everyone needs a place to keep their smartphones, tablets, and other devices energized. Charging stations can also help you keep track of your chargers and USB cords. 

7. Knaglig Dog Stairs

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This IKEA piece is one of the cutest hacks and one of our favorites involves three Knaglig boxes which are used to put together steps to help small dogs climb onto the sofa. Obviously, there are other practical ways to use these boxes but we find this idea to be particularly interesting and creative.

Dog stairs are perfect for smaller dogs that may accidentally injure themselves trying to jump onto your furniture without assistance. They’re also a good option for older dogs who aren’t agile. Learn more ikeahackers.

Super Easy IKEA Hacks

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any easier, check out these super easy hacks.

8. Heat Trivet Cork Board

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Wondering if there are also smaller hacks that you can try? Well, of course, there are and one idea comes from thehomesteady. It involves a simple and basic Heat cork trivet.

The point is to convert the trivet into a mini cork board for you to hang on a wall and display photos or use as a memo board. You can give it a chic style with the right photos. Personalize the design with acrylic paint in a color that you like.

The small size of these boards makes them easy to hang up just about anywhere for simple note-taking or displaying small items. 

9. NYPLOCKAD Magazine Holder

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Plenty of kitchen accessories can be purposed into useful and also chic and stylish features for your home. For example, check out this NYPLOCKAD plate holder which was repurposed as a magazine holder that’s perfect for the living room, bedroom, or office.

The simple design gives it versatility and there are many cool ways you can add your personal touch. Check out yourdiyfamily for inspiration. 

10. Moppe Planters

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Some hacks are creative and interesting. One of the best examples is the Moppe storage chest which was transformed into a very unusual set of planter boxes. The small chest of drawers allow your DIY skills to come to life. They’re small and cube-shaped and have the perfect dimensions for planters. 

Choose plants in different colors and textures for an eclectic design, or choose plants with a similar look for a more uniform style. This ingenious idea is from diyinpdx.

11. STENBÄR Pendant

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Another ingenious IKEA hack idea was featured on jestcafe and involves the stylish and  STENBÄR plant pot. Consider the size and dimensions, this makes sense and inspires us to try to find other ways or repurpose basic home accessories and decorations. The containers can hold any type of potting soil.

12. REGOLIT Hot Air Balloon IKEA Hack

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This chic hot air balloon decoration is in fact yet another inspiring IKEA hack. The balloon is a repurposed REGOLIT ceiling lamp. It’s been decorated with cute little black polka dots and a basket attached with string and wooden beads. This is why people love IKEA. 

We’ll have to try this project for ourselves. This project isn’t just good for children’s bedrooms, either. This hot air balloon will add a touch of whimsy and imagination even to grown-up spaces. The details can be found on husligheter.

13. RASKOG Herb Garden IKEA Hack

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You won’t need a lot of soil for these. The RÅSKOG cart is one of the most popular IKEA products and also the subject of many kitchen hacks. One of the reasons is the cart is versatile, and can be used in many ways. This encourages people to customize the cart in ways that match their style and overall look of their homes.

Check out ikeahackers to see how you could transform the cart into a rolling herb garden for your kitchen. A kitchen herb garden makes it a snap to add delicious, colorful, and nutritious herbs to all of your home-cooked meals. 

14. Lack Table Planter IKEA Hack

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The Lack from IKEA has also been the subject of many creative and inspiring transformations. One of our favorites is this Lack table planter. The idea is simple: you cut out a hole at the center of the table, you insert a box/planter and some potting soil, and that’s it.

15. Kallax Storage Bench 

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We already said the Kallax bookshelf module can be transformed into a bench and we’re back with another example that shows a different perspective on the project.

This time the bookcase is transformed into a comfortable storage bench with a cozy cushion on top and storage baskets that fit perfectly inside the open cubbies.

Most homes could use extra storage, and one section of the Kallax unit can be used in several IKEA hack projects to provide it. 

16. Lack Combination Table 

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The Lack side table, as you’ve already seen, is a wonderful piece of furniture and a great accessory. It’s so great and versatile in the fact that you can get more than one and either use them each separately or connect two or more to make custom and modular combos.

It’s a quick and easy IKEA hack, one which requires few supplies and little time to complete.

17. FINNVARD Kitchen Island 

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This clever idea is an alternative kitchen island idea from ikeahackers which uses two FINNVARD modules as table legs with built-in storage shelves. There’s also another larger shelf on top. You can make the island as big or as small as you want to and there are all sorts of ways in which you can personalize its look and functionality using extra accessories.

18. BEKVÄM Book Storage Shelves 

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Ever considered that those spice racks that are so helpful in the kitchen could actually also serve as something else? It’s surprising and very refreshing at the same time to come across a hack project such as the one from domesticsimplicity which addresses this very idea.

Those cute children’s book storage shelves are in fact BEKVÄM spice racks. As it turns out they’re ideal for this and no modifications are necessary.

19. Lack Raspberry Pi Console

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This is yet another hack that involves the versatile Lack table. This time the project we have in mind uses a Raspberry Pi so it’s a very specific kind of hack. It’s also one of the most creative and ingenious ideas we have come across so far. You can find all the details of the project on ikeahackers.

Super Chic IKEA Hacks

If you want something that looks expensive, but isn’t, you’ll appreciate the following hacks.

20. GRUNDTAL Coffee Pod Storage 

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The next project on today’s list is also quite specific. This IKEA storage hack idea is to build a rack for your coffee capsules, one which you can attach to the underside of your kitchen cabinets for easy access. You’ll need a GRUNDTAL drying rack. It should have rods that are just the right distance apart so you can line up coffee capsules in there.

Check out the details of the project and find out more about the supplies and tools needed in the tutorial featured on ikeahackers.

21. Gold Skruvsta Office Chair 

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The standard Skruvsta office chair from IKEA is a good piece, but a can of metallic spray paint can take this piece to the next level. If the Skruvsta has a design flaw, it’s the flat matte gray hardware, so painting the hardware gold like in this tutorial from Alicia Tenise gives it a sophisticated edge.

This DIY project is ideal for beginners since it doesn’t require many skills. If you don’t want to use gold, other metallic spray paints will match the Skruvsta office chair. 

22. Decoupage Ivar Cupboards 

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Decoupage is a remodeling technique that may be intimidating to some beginning crafters, but it’s a useful method for bringing these Ivar cupboards to life with an oversized floral motif. This hack also uses chalk paint, a good option for giving your furniture a soft matte look.

Ivar cupboards are a simple and affordable piece that is easy to convert with just a few steps. Check out this tutorial at We Are Scout to figure out how to pull off this dramatic look for yourself.

23. DIY Regolit Feather Lampshade

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Sometimes it doesn’t take a huge change in an IKEA hack to make a dramatic difference visually, and this DIY feather lampshade from Pillar Box Blue using the Regolit lamp is one of these simple but fantastic transformations.

You can find feather lampshades for high prices, but why spend the money when you could just make your own?

Using a feather boa, some Modge Podge glue, and a glue brush, you can put together this project regardless of your DIY skills.

24. Bleached Arkelstrope Table IKEA Hack

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The Arkelstrope console table has a unique half-moon shape that fits well in a wide variety of spaces. Changing the color provides an easy hack to help this table fit into your interior design no matter what your color palette is.

For lighter palettes, lime curing is a way that you can lighten the color of the console table’s wood without having to use bleach. Follow this tutorial at Hunker to determine how you can bleach your Arkelstrope table to fit in well with a coastal decor scheme or many others.

25. Washi Tape Eket Cabinet

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How about this genius idea? Often some of the best IKEA hacks involve a few supplies and ingenuity. Washi tape is a cheap crafting tape. Using this tape to create a geometric design on a plain white Eket cabinet can add drama to a monochromatic interior design, especially if you tape the cabinet up in black tape over its stock white exterior.

Be sure to lay the washi tape carefully to prevent wrinkling when you’re putting the piece together. See how to create it over at Apartment Therapy.

26. Variera Wrapping Paper Holder IKEA Hack

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The Variera plastic bag holder from IKEA has gained popularity as a base component for different IKEA hacks. One of the most useful functions is to hold and organize gift paper.

If you like high quality, expensive gift paper but tired digging them out of a closet, converting a Variera plastic bag holder into a mounted wrapping paper holder is a great option. See how to create a Variera wrapping paper holder at Heathered Nest.

27. Borby DIY Terrarium IKEA Hack

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Borby lanterns look great in coastal-themed homes in their own right but using this hack over at Thou Swell, you can convert one of these lanterns into an adorable terrarium capable of adding whimsy and charm to any design. Indoor terrariums are best paired with air plants or succulents. 

28. Mosslanda Bedside Table IKEA Hack

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IKEA hacks are popular for small spaces, and with good reason. This furniture maker features many compact units for making the most of tight floor plans. When used as bedside table, the Mosslanda is wide enough to hold a few plants, a glass of water, and your cell phone. It’s also great as a bedside table for spots where a small table wouldn’t normally fit.

This butler-style table has a sleek look for a minimalist design. See it in action over at the IKEA website along with several other Mosslanda hacks.

29. Ekby Vanity IKEA Hack

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Speaking of compact furniture, the Ekby table unit from IKEA makes an awesome vanity that won’t take up too much space in your bedroom or guest room. When paired with a short bench and a mirror, this vanity is narrow enough to fit even in awkward spaces so you have a place to sit down and do your makeup.

You can also use it as a place to keep your cologne and hair products if you don’t wear makeup. Add some simple accents like a throw to help pull the whole piece together. Check out this finished vanity at New Blooming.

30. Malm Modular Storage IKEA Hack

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IKEA dresser hacks are some of the most popular IKEA hacks since the company has plenty of chest of drawer units. They can be converted by DIY crafters to match a variety of interior design looks and aesthetics. The Malm modular storage unit comes in an unassuming walnut brown.

Adding paint and cut-out overlays like these Olivia swoops at Sarah Hearts gives the unit a cool, vintage mid-century vibe. Adding hardware such as drawer knobs is another way to customize the Malm modular storage unit.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ

What Is The Official IKEA Hack Instagram Account?

The official IKEA hacks instagram account is: ikeahackersofficial. The account currently has almost 230,000 followers.

Can I Return IKEA Furniture After 1 Year?

The official IKEA store policy does not accept returns after 365 days of a purchase. 

How Can I Make My IKEA Kallax Look Expensive?

Wrapping an Ikea Kallax with wood will transform it into a beautiful piece of furniture that looks pricey. You’ll need to stain the wood to match other wood elements in your room for a seamless fit.

Are IKEA Products More Expensive Online?

When ordering furniture online from IKEA, only select items are available. The majority of their products available online are larger and therefore more expensive. 

How Much Does IKEA Charge For Delivery?

One advantage of IKEA’s delivery fees is how the highest price you will pay for shipping is $49 per order. It doesn’t matter if you order one item or ten, the price will still be $49. 

IKEA Hacks Conclusion

IKEA hacks seem to be the only ones that receive international attention. That should tell you everything you need to know about the big box retailer and its customers. With thousands of easy Idea hack ideas, there’s something for everyone.

Their standard pieces offer more ways to transform spaces than items sold at other stores which are exactly the same furniture styles. Who else can boast of such an accomplishment?

If you want to add a modern look to your living space, but high-end furniture is out of your budget range, a great way to start would be with Ikea. One unique piece after another can change your living room in such a super simple way that you never thought imaginable.