Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Clever IKEA Hacks For Your Next Party
Photo: Smile and Wave

IKEA is often thought of as solely a furniture retailer, but they have so much more than just furniture... and many of their pieces lend themselves to entertaining. And with the holidays sneaking up on us, I thought I'd share some clever IKEA hacks that would be perfect for your next gathering. Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite hacks for entertaining.   

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Make It: DIY Ikea Stockholm-Inspired Rug Using Carpet Tiles

by Jennifer Farley
Carpet Tile Rug

I have always really loved the Ikea Stockholm rug.  I know, so does everyone, but there is a reason why.  It is a classic and it can fit in any type of room.   My guest bedroom needed the 8x10 size but I wanted the 5X7 price or cheaper. I randomly saw an advertisement for my local carpet warehouse saying they had carpet tile for $1.25 a sq/ft.  What?  I decided to check it out the next day and found materials to make this knock-off Ikea Stockholm rug.

 Did you know most local carpet warehouses carry commercial grade-B carpet tiles?  Well, I didn't...but I do now.  Who knew what you could find if you looked past the massive rolls and rolls of discount carpet.  While I dream of ordering a carpet tile rug from Flor, their carpet tile rugs can get expensive fast. In comparison, the commercial grade tiles were 24x24 inch rubber-backed tiles for $3.50 a tile.  This is pennies compared to $14+ of the higher-end version.  These commercial grade tiles were thicker and softer to walk on than a flat weave rug. The employees showed me a rug in their break room that was well trafficked and I was sold on the durability.  That day I realized I could make my Stockholm dreams come true for around $100.  Here is what I needed:

Materials:

  • For an 8 x 10 rug I needed twenty 24 x 24in. tiles.  I bought a few extra of each color just in case.
  • A box cutting knife with extra blades.
  • A straight edge.  I  grabbed a 6 x 24in. wood-look tile from Lowes.  It was sturdy, straight and was only $2.  Since the tile was 6 inches wide, I could make three cuts (4 pieces) out of one tile without measuring.  Less work = awesome.
  • A couple of old boxes for cutting surface protection.
  • Gorilla Tape (or you could use Duck tape)

Step-by-Step:

Carpet Tile Rug

 1.  Place your tiles face down on a solid surface.  Use a broken-down box (or two) to protect the surface.

Carpet Tile Rug

 

2.  The "pile" of a carpet tile is manufactured in little rows. You want to make sure you cut perpendicular to the rows of pile.  This is an important step because if you cut the carpet tile parallel to the rows, your carpet pile will pull apart.   This will result in bare spots on the edges of your cut tile.  If you cut perpendicular to the rows of carpet pile, the cut tile will stay together without pulls or bare spots.  

3. Place your straight edge on the back of the carpet tile, perpendicular to the rows of carpet pile, and hold it down firmly. I did this on the floor so I used my knee, my hand, and my body weight.  

4. Using the guide to make a straight cut, start at the top.  Score the rubber backing with one full swipe.  Don't stop in the middle.

5. Without moving the straight-edge guide, cut the tile by starting on the edge and going from top to bottom through the score.  Don't stop in the middle of the cut.  If your blade is sharp this will be the only cut you do.  If you need to, fold the tile at the cut and gently cut the areas of rubber that are still attached.  If this happens you might need some scissors to trim up the edge of the carpet.  Again, this will be avoided if the blade is sharp.  Change your blade every 5-6 cuts.  I would encourage you to buy a extra tile for the purpose of making practice cuts.  This allows you to give yourself grace, know how long your blade stays sharp, and the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. It took me about 3 cuts to get in my groove, which was only one tile.

Carpet Tile Rug

6. When you are all done you will have 80 (or more with extras) of 6 x 24in. carpet tiles. The cutting process took me about 2.5 hours including some much needed back breaks.

7.  To put the rug together, first move any furniture out of the way.  It is better to build the rug in place rather than to try to move it.

Carpet Tile Rug

8.  Attach four carpet tiles where they meet at the corners with a piece of Gorilla Tape.  I think I went overboard with the Gorilla tape.  With every connection you make, the rubber-backed rug gets stronger and immovable.  Duck Tape should work just fine.  You could also order these Dots from Flor.

Carpet Tile Rug

9. To strengthen the edges of the rug, I connected the end pieces together at the edge.  

Here is how it turned out:

Carpet Tile Rug

I love it for so many reasons.  The biggest reason was the price.  The white tile was actually on sale. I paid $80.00 for the tiles (including extras), and $25.00 for supplies.  This 8 x 10 rug was a total of $105!  The inspiration version is $299.00.  I also saved a little extra money because I didn't need a rug pad.  

Carpet Tile Rug

 I am always hesitant to DIY rugs because of the amount of effort and the lack of durability.  Cutting is the longest part of this rug DIY but its not tedious or too time consuming.  After almost a year of use, I can truly say this rug is durable.  It is also interchangeable.  If a tile is dirty I can take it out and clean it.  I also kept the extras so I could switch out a tile if it gets ruined.  I can even switch out a highly trafficked tile with one hidden underneath the furniture. Finally, this rug is not plush but it is more soft than it's flat weave store-bought version.

carpet tile rug

Not up for cutting tile?  Using the same tiles, I could have easily...in less than an hour...installed a black and white rug striped rug like this one without one cut.  If they don't have black and white, other options are tone-on-tone stripes or borders.  Go check and see if your local carpet outlet or warehouse has some tiles in stock.  On another note, If you are reading this post I am guessing you are considering DIYing a rug? If so, check out this post and this post from Curbly. 

 

 

 

 

 

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13 Amazing Ikea Dresser Hacks To Inspire Your Next DIY

by Brittni Mehlhoff
13 Amazing Ikea Dresser Hacks To Inspire Your Next DIY

We all love a good Ikea hack every now again, right? And one of the most practical of hacks to try, especially if you're looking for extra storage, is an Ikea dresser hack. When you scroll through Pinterest, there are tons of DIY dresser ideas that transform a plain chest of drawers into something uniquely cool. And today's roundup focuses on the best of the best DIY dresser hacks to inspire your next project. Want to take a look?

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The Best Resources for Upgrading Your IKEA Furniture

by Lexy Ward

The Best Resources for Upgrading Your IKEA Furniture
photo: PANYL

Some people look down on IKEA furniture. I can somewhat understand why - people can end up with the same stuff, the products are a pain to set up, the quality is so-so. But the cost and style pull me in! I don't want to sacrifice my savings for my home decor. And while I love IKEA, I love it more for the fact that it is easily customizable. A coat of paint, a backing of wallpaper, new legs, and you've got yourself a completely different piece of furniture! Here are a few of the best resources for upgrading your IKEA furniture to make it your own!        

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Before and After: What to Make with an Ikea Besta TV Unit

by Brittni Mehlhoff
Before and After: What to Make with an Ikea Besta TV Unit
Photo: Ikea

Been looking for the perfect sideboard for your dining room? Hack together your own with DIY version that utilizes the Ikea Besta tv unit and door knockers. Yep, door knockers. 

 

Ashley from Sugar & Cloth put together a pretty glam DIY sideboard, that is completely unique with the help of an Ikea Besta cabinet. What do you think of the end result?

Photo: Sugar & Cloth

Visit Sugar & Cloth for the tutorial.

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