IKEA hacks are one of my all time favorite ways to transform an affordable piece into something custom that looks expensive. Many people think that IKEA is just for college kids and your first apartment, but I highly disagree. I am never breaking up with IKEA! With a little creativity, you can elevate these affordable pieces that fit in the back of your car. Today I have rounded up 15 of my IKEA hacks that look expensive and just about anyone can do. Are you ready to get creative on a budget?
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15 IKEA Hacks that Look Expensive
I hacked this IKEA Rast for my guest room/bunk room makeover. I needed something narrow to fit the space and didn’t block the ladder to the bunk bed. But I also thought it would be nice to have some storage and an area to either do some work or get ready. A flex desk/vanity if you will. With a little paint and my secret weapon, pole wrap, this $50 dresser became an expensive looking and highly functional workspace with the addition of a countertop.
Not only does IKEA have great pieces of furniture to hack, but they also have tons of affordable solutions for organization. The Trofast is marketed as a toy storage solution, but they also fit perfectly in small spaces like closets. It was just what our coat closet needed to house all the random items we keep here, like dog food, light bulbs, and gloves and winter wear. The bins come in multiple sizes and colors and are easy to label. All for a little over $100.
When I gave our backyard a makeover, I was in search of affordable side tables that could stand up to being outside. Enter the IKEA Marius stool. These are less than $10 each and paired with a concrete stepping stone, they make the perfect outdoor side table. Bonus, they also come in white. They are the perfect size for a glass of wine for an evening by the fire.
I designed our home office back in 2015 as an affordable built in option after being quoted thousands of dollars for a custom setup. And boy were we thankful for it when 2020 rolled around! All the main components of the office are from IKEA, the majority of which are from the Gallant collection accompanied by the Lilltrask countertops and two Bestas. I am planning a few decor changes in here, but we still love this space and literally use it every day!
For selfish reasons, this one might be my favorite! My IKEA Pax Walk in Closet. By definition, it is a walk in, but a small one at that which challenged me to pack as much in here as I could. Again I priced out custom closets and was floored by how expensive they were for what you got. But where there’s a will, there’s a way! This closet cost just less than $1,000 which was a third of the cost of the least expensive custom option. In the end, I would totally choose this again and I still love my closet!
I bet you would never know this was a changing table if I didn’t tell you. Well, it is! I transformed this $40 changing table into a custom bar cart with faux cement tile. This piece is so handy for entertaining and definitely adds an element of style to any room! So, who’s ready for happy hour? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
I just couldn’t help myself with this one when I found these Luftmassa’s on clearance. The best part is, I had a chance to also use some old CDs! I bet you have some too that should probably be tossed, but repurposing is always more fun! This super easy hack can be done in a matter of minutes (after the paint is dry) and provides a high end looking candle holder perfect for patio evenings 😉
More organization! If this looks a little familiar, that’s because it is! I loved my IKEA Trofast hack so much, I did it again in our linen closet 🙂 I have to say, it might be even better in here. I store a lot of small items in the linen closet and they were always so hard to keep organized. But the small Trofast bins are perfect for keeping like items together. Bonus hack, I also used the Drona bins for sheets and such and they are the best! They are larger than other bins and help me keep same sized sheets and blankets together, organized, and pretty.
Curtain rods can be expensive, especially if you are in search of unique sizes. I needed very small rods for my decorative curtains in our family room with 10ft ceilings. So I found a way to hack it with the IKEA Betydlig for a fraction of the cost of custom rods! The outcome, high hung curtains that accent our vaulted ceilings the way they should.
When we renovated our bathroom I was unimpressed with towel rack options so I decided DIY was the way to go. The IKEA Lurt was the perfect starting point at less than $5 and allowed me to work in the wood and gold elements in the bathroom. This was a super easy DIY and added a custom touch that tied the bathroom together. Another one that we use every single day!
Dogs need IKEA hacks too! I set out to make a few changes to our bedroom this year and finding a more attractive dog crate for our pup was high on the list. I chose the Malm 3 drawer dresser because I had an extra one and it lines up nicely with our larger Malm dresser in the room. This is the perfect size for 20lb Marvin and it takes up so much less space than his wire crate. I was worried he may not like it, but he does!
I might have a problem with hoarding necklaces…let’s just say I have never met a clearance rack I could successfully walk away from, haha! But let’s not focus on the problem but rather the solution 🙂 The IKEA Nissedal was the answer to my necklace storage issue. Not only does it provide a full length mirror on the front, but it opens to reveal hidden storage on the back! I feel so 007! All you need is a box of command hooks 😉
13. IKEA Kallax Hack
When I was making over the bunk room, I realized I needed a low profile and narrow dresser substitute next to the bunks. Enter the IKEA Kallax! I was really excited to hack this mainstream staple and I am obsessed with how it turned out! I followed a similar method to the IKEA Rast hack in number 1 and used my go to, pole wrap with some other easy additions. You don’t want to miss this expensive looking hack 😉
This IKEA Fniss modern planter hack might be my easiest and cheapest hack yet! At just $1.99 these little trash cans make GREAT planters and I have used them in multiple applications all over the house, for fake and live plants. Bonus, they also come in white! Make sure you snag several of these just in time for patio season 🙂
I finally tackled a custom IKEA Pax closet for my husband that rivals mine 🙂 His closet is not a walk in, but honestly it’s close in usable space to mine. For about $700 I completely transformed this lackluster closet and used every square inch, all the way to the ceiling. Because the Pax units are so customizable, the options were endless. One side of the closet is used entirely for shoes, accessories, and folded items. The other side is two tiered hanging space. Definitely a must see if your closets need some love.
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