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The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

by Alicia Lacy

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation - basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride - so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. All...

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IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

by Holly Wade

IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it...but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain. 

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IKEA Hack: TARVA Nightstand Gets Tech-Friendly

by M.E. Gray

IKEA HACK: Tarva nightstand gets tech-friendly with built-in charging station

Hide ugly cords by your bed with this IKEA nightstand hack!

Before I bought this nightstand, I had never stepped foot in an IKEA (gasp!). It wasn't for lack of wanting to, I just never had the opportunity before. As a former small-town gal, I haven't lived within driving distance of an IKEA up until I moved to the big city (more specifically, the Twin Cities) about a year and a half ago. Since moving, I've been putting off a trip to the IKEA because I know myself too well. I know that I love cute home decor, and I knew that I'd want to take everything in that store home with me. Impulsive purchasing aside, I needed a new nightstand. Let me tell you two things: #1. IKEA is awesome (and massive and a bit confusing at first - but they have Swedish Fish which totally made up for me getting lost), and #2. I love this TARVA IKEA nightstand because it is so hackable.

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

by M.E. Gray
IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
Photo via IKEA Hackers

Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they're eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we're reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!        

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Everything You Need to Know to Design the IKEA Closet of Your Dreams

by Marlene Sauer

Those Swedes sure do love to organize. Flip through any edition of the IKEA catalog, and the first impression you'll likely get is: a place for everything, and everything in its place. But don't our cluttered, modern, go-go-go lifestyles make it seem impossible to live up to this standard? Most especially in that most dreaded place in our homes --- the closet. Chances are, if you're a Curbly reader, you love organization just as much as we do. And you may need a little help figuring out how to make your closet system work for you. That's why today we are talking all about how to design the closet of your dreams using IKEA closets.                

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IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor

by Holly Wade
IKEA Entertainment Center Ideas to Elevate your Home Decor
Photo via IKEAHackers.net

We all go through that "IKEA phase" in life, and to be honest, I have no intention of leaving that phase! Thanks to the amount of  IKEA hacks out there and newer, unique pieces of IKEA furniture, it's easier than ever to achieve a sophisticated look on a budget. If you're in the market for IKEA entertainment center ideas to upgrade an IKEA sideboard, cabinet, buffet or TV unit into a chic centerpiece in your living room, you can hack it SO many different ways!          

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The IKEA Curtains That Every Designer Swears By

by Erica Young
RITVA curtains
Photo: @whitelanedecor

No matter how many trends come and go, there are a few classic home decor elements that never go out of style. Think of a simple round mirror, the Eames lounge chair, a quality Persian rug - designers come back to these pieces again and again.

Another essential decor item that every interior designer seems to have in their back pocket? White curtains. Versatile and classic, well-tailored white curtains can dress up literally any room; no matter the style. And here's the secret - we've noticed a lot of designers are getting their curtains at IKEA!           

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15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

by Holly Wade
15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

IKEA is always a good choice for inexpensive furniture, and many of its furniture and home decor accessories make great bases for DIY projects. Are you planning to revamp your bedroom this season? Even if you're not, you're going to love these IKEA bedroom hacks that make basic products look like brand new, unique pieces!

 

Photo by ICH Designer

1. Use a child's bed slat to make a stylish but functional wall organizer for hanging baskets, magazines and more! 

2. Why not make your nightstand more tech-friendly? Give an IKEA Tarva nightstand a makeover so your electronics plug in more easily. 

 

Photo by Vintage Revivals

3. Give a plain IKEA dresser an upgrade with fresh paint and unique drawer pulls like this leather handled RAST dresser.

Photo by Style Me Pretty

4. Turn an IKEA coffee table into a beautiful upholstered bench for the foot of your bed!

Photo by Sugar & Cloth

5. Give a plain IKEA headboard a simple wood slat makeover with peel-and-stick pieces of wood.

Photo by Paper & Stitch

6. Make your own table lamp with a concrete base for less than $30 using an IKEA lamp. 

7. Beautify your walls with this simple brass corner frame hack using vinyl. 

Photo by Oleander + Palm

8. A fresh coat of paint and a little re-purposing allows you to turn a simple step stool into a modern plant stand perfect for the corner of your bedroom. 

Photo by Homey Oh My

9. Make a campaign dresser using an IKEA Malm unit, and you'll forget what it used to look like.

Photo by Rachel Denbow for A Beautiful Mess

10. Incorporate today's trends by dying your white IKEA bedding with this beautiful  shibori technique

Photo by Club Crafted

11. Cover IKEA storage boxes with pretty wrapping paper to make simple storage that matches your bedroom decor. 

Photo by Hello Lidy

12. Turn an IKEA highboy dresser into a unique piece of art for storing your clothes. 

Photo by Manhattan Nest

13. Cover an entire bed frame with batting and fabric for a luxe bed frame makeover.

Photo by IKEA Hackers

14. Create a ton of storage under your bed with this IKEA KALLAX shelf hack

15. Lastly, re-purpose an IKEA spice rack as a bedside shelf with a light!

All of these unique IKEA hacks would be a great addition to a bedroom or other areas of your home. Take advantage of affordable home decor from IKEA, and use these great tips to put your own spin on it! 

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IKEA Lighting Hack: Make a Pendant Light Out of a $6 Bowl!

by Stephanie Lee

IKEA lighting hack: Make a pendant light out of a $6 bowl!

I have a love-hate relationship with light fittings. I totally get that they can transform  the look of a room, but I've put off changing ours for aaaages because the ones I love best are always out of my budget. And when it comes to the crunch, I can't justify spending $150+ on a pretty light fixture when there are bills to be paid! That's where this IKEA lighting hack comes in.              

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IKEA Hack: Transform a Basic Cabinet into a Gorgeous Nightstand with a Geometric Design

Norse Interiors
Norse Interiors IKEA custom fittings
This post was contributed by Norse Interiors

Everybody loves IKEA, right? The simplicity of the designs, plus the sense of accomplishment from putting furniture together yourself... this combo makes IKEA a standard go-to when shopping for the home. There are lots of ways to hack IKEA furniture - however, would you like to customize these basic designs to set you apart from the thousands of other people that have the same piece? Turns out, it's a pretty easy transformation to make. Today we're taking a look at how easy it is to upgrade your IKEA furniture, thanks to Norse Interiors' system. You can style up a wide variety of IKEA furniture using prefab cabinet designs and knobs. Everybody will be asking, “Where did you get that?"            

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IKEA Hack: The Tarva Nightstand Gets Naked

by M.E. Gray

IKEA Hack Nightstand Edition - A Tarva nightstand with cutout handles

One of the easiest ways to change up a piece of furniture is to switch out the hardware - but what happens when the hardware is abandoned completely? When my wife found this nightstand during a recent trip to IKEA, she immediately drew inspiration from a different piece of furniture in our house - our hardware-less credenza. Could we replicate the cutout drawer handle on her new nightstand? Turns out, we could! Trading a little extra work for the extra cost of new hardware, here's how this IKEA nightstand hack worked out.                     

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IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

I'm a plant lover through and through. Plants add visual interest to a space, and they clean the air too. So when I saw the Fryken baskets at IKEA, I knew I had to turn them into a hanging planter set. Not only does it look cool, but it also keeps the plants away from the curious nose of my mischievous dog. So read on find out how you can make your own hanging planter basket set.   

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

The final product is a nice combination of rustic and contemporary, with the bright colored cord paired with the natural sea grass. And it's surprisingly easy to make! Let's get started.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your planter:

 

  • IKEA Fryken basket set
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Foam paint brush
  • 10' of parachute cord
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery needle
  • 4" piece of thin wire (not pictured)
IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by painting the bottom of each basket. I mixed up a dark turquoise color, and painted on an angle so that the color would be visible from the side when the baskets were hanging.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's a look at the side of the basket. Feel free to use a piece of painters tape to help create a straight line. Let the baskets dry thoroughly.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to connect the baskets using parachute cord. You can buy the cord on Amazon or at most craft stores (I bought mine at Michaels). You most likely won't be able to thread your cord through the embroidery needle, so you'll need to fashion a little loop out of wire. To do this, thread the wire through the needle, create a 1 inch opening and then twist the ends together as shown above.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Cut 6 pieces of parachute cord that are 12 inches long each. Thread one piece of cord through your wire loop and push the needle through the top of the largest basket, as shown above. If you have trouble getting the cord through, pull everything back out and use a flat head screwdriver to gently wiggle a small hole in that spot and then try threading it through again.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Once it comes through, pull one end all the way through and tie a knot at the end. Then pull the outside end back out so the knot is positioned on the inside of the basket. Do this for three of the pieces of cord, evenly spacing them around the top of the basket.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, use the same process to pull the top of one of the cords through the bottom of the medium sized basket. Tie a knot at the top of that cord. Do the same for the other two cords. 

Now repeat the exact same process for the medium basket and attach it to the smallest basket. Adjust the knots slightly if the baskets aren't sitting flat.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

Then cut three pieces of cord that are 15 inches long each, and attach those to the top of the smallest basket. Knot the three pieces together at the top as shown above, and hang it from a hook. Your planter set is finished!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You'll want to use plants that are already in plastic containers so you can take them out to water them... if the sea grass baskets get wet repeatedly, they may start to get a bit moldy. For the bottom basket, I used cuttings from another Pothos plant and put them in a plastic container that I found in my recycling bin. I did the same for the Jade plant in the middle, and the top one is an air plant - so no soil needed!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You can customize these to your liking, using colors that match your decor - or you might even consider using different colors for each section if you like a multi-color look.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

You could fill the entire thing with air plants, for a lower maintenance option. Just don't forget to water them like I did last time! Spritz them thoroughly in the sink every week or two to keep them looking good.

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
Photo: Faith Towers

If you try this project, feel free to share a link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

 

IKEA Hack: Clever Hanging Planter Basket Set
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IKEA Hack: Make a Spinning Tiered Serving Tray

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

We love a good IKEA hack around here, and today we have something extra special for you - a double IKEA hack! This tiered serving tray spins, so guests can easily reach that brie that they're so desperate to eat. It uses up less surface area on the table too, by taking advantage of vertical space. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   

 

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

Fun, right? You can customize the colors too. So let's get started!

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your spinning tiered serving tray:

 

  • IKEA Snudda
  • IKEA Vildapel (you won't need the accompanying casters)
  • (2) 1" diameter dowel rods, 4.5" long each
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood Glue
IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by painting the dowel rods your desired color. You may need two coats - let the first coat dry thoroughly before starting the second one.

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, find the center of the IKEA Snudda Lazy Susan. Place a dollop of wood glue there and place the bottom dowel rod in the glue. Let it dry for a couple of hours so it is secure. Then, find the center of the underside of the Vilapel and glue that to the top of that same dowel rod.

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, find the center of the top of the Vilapel and glue the top dowel rod to it. Let everything dry overnight. And that's it! One of the easiest double IKEA hacks ever.

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

A note: I wouldn't recommend putting a big heavy bowl of salsa on the top tier of this serving tray - stick to lighter items just to be safe.

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
Photo: Faith Towers

You can get creative with the colors too - metallic might be fun, or even a colorful pattern. Have fun with it!

IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray
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IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam

by Faith Towers
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

The moment I ran across the Hyllis shelf on IKEA's website, I knew I had to hack it. My dining room was crying out for a shelf upgrade, so I drove down to IKEA immediately and bought three of them. You guys... they're only $15 apiece! My resulting hack has a glamorous vibe with a bit of rustic appeal, and it's super simple to do. Click through to check it out.   

 

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

So much better, right?! I'm loving the contrast of the gold with the dark stained wood. Let's get started!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for this project:

 

  • IKEA Hyllis
  • Gold spray paint (I recommend Montana Gold)
  • Dark wood stain
  • Four pieces of wood, size 10.5 x 23.5 and about 3/4 inch thick
  • Sandpaper
  • E6000 Glue
  • Rag or scrap of fabric
  • Rubber gloves
  • At least two C-Clamps (not pictured) 
IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Begin by assembling the Hyllis shelf according to the directions and then spray paint it gold. You'll probably need two thin coats... let it dry thoroughly between coats. And yes, I spray paint in the snow. It's not ideal because the paint dries slower, but sometimes you have to make due!

Be sure to wipe down the shelf thoroughly with a clean rag to remove fingerprints before you paint, and don't forget to paint the undersides of the shelves and the insides of the support pieces.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, apply the stain to the four pieces of wood. If you've never used stain before, don't be intimidated - it's surprisingly simple and forgiving! Just be sure to do it in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and old clothes. Because it is aptly named... it stains. 

Let them dry overnight. You don't really have to do the undersides of the boards, but make sure you get the sides and go onto the edges of the undersides a bit (shown below).

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Now apply a generous portion of E6000 glue to the underside of the board, especially near the edges, and flip it over onto the Hyllis shelf.  

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Use C-clamps to ensure that the wood is firmly attached the the shelf. Most wood will be warped slightly, so this step is pretty important. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood in between the clamp and the stained wood or else you'll end up with a round indentation where the clamp was.

Place one clamp on each side of the shelf, and let the glue dry for several hours. If you only have two clamps, move them to the next shelf and repeat the process. If you have eight clamps, you can do them all at once!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And that's it... you're finished! Now go fill it with pretty knick-knacks. I love the look of it more and more everyday. The shelf we had there before was all wood, and it felt dark and dated. The metal frame of the Hyllis really adds airiness and makes the room feel much more open.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

And a quick safety note: be sure to bolt it to the wall, just like you would any tall shelf. There are small holes just below the top shelf that will allow you to do so. And before you call me out for not doing it, don't worry - it's on my to-do list for today!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

You could personalize this project by painting the wood a different color... white if you want to go super glam, or a bright color if you want to add some funkiness.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

This would look great in any room of the house - I can imagine it in the kitchen with piles of white dishware on the shelves, or in the kids' room with fabric bins for toy storage.

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
Photo: Faith Towers

Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!

IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam
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10 IKEA Products I Couldn't Live Without

by Faith Towers
10 IKEA Products I Couldn't Live Without
IKEA Tejn

When I really sat down and thought about all the IKEA products in my house, I realized that I had accumulated way more than I thought. And I also realized that many of them are indispensable in our daily lives. So today I thought I'd share ten of my favorites, so that maybe you'll discover something new. I mean... who knew that IKEA sells milk frothers?!    

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