The 17 Best Ikea Hacks of All Time

Plexiglass table

Ich Designer

When you're hunting for affordable furniture that works in every room of your house, Ikea is probably high on your must-shop list. But sometimes Ikea furniture can look generic and a little uninspired. The good thing is these affordable pieces are ripe for DIYs and you can easily turn a cheap table or shelf into an incredible statement piece.

Whether you're looking for a bookcase, headboard, or side table hack, we've rounded up some of our very favorite DIYs to inspire your next Ikea project.

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    VITTSJÖ Table Turned Ottoman

    Green ottoman

     Krys Melo

    This chic tufted ottoman is actually a former coffee table. Blogger Krys Melo took a simple metal and glass coffee table and transformed it into a statement piece that easily becomes the center of any living room. Using just spray paint, fabric, and buttons, this is a DIY you can do in just an afternoon.

    IKEA VITTSJÖ Table Turned Chic Cocktail Ottoman from Melodrama

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    Ikea TARVA Dresser Hack

    Wooden dresser

    House on Longwood Lane

    You would never know that this boho-chic dresser from House on Longwood Lane is actually a former Ikea dresser. Using cane webbing, this blogger took a plan TARVA dresser and created a piece that is perfect for any boho design theme. This DIY takes a little more skill and a bit of elbow grease, but the payoff is well worth it.

    IKEA TARVA Dresser Hack from House on Longwood Lane

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    RAST Dresser Turned Wardrobe

    Black wardrobe

    Home Made by Carmona

    A custom closet system can be expensive, so we love how blogger Home Made by Carmona took a RAST dresser and created her very own custom closet. This piece is perfect for a walk-in closet but is chic enough to stand on its own in your bedroom as well.

    This entire DIY costs around $200, but is significantly cheaper than buying a custom piece.

    How to Hack Your Way to a Wardrobe from Home Made by Carmona

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    Chic BILLY Bookcase Hack

    Living room with a bookcase

    The Makerista

    The Ikea Billy bookcase is a staple in many homes because it's affordable, well made, and perfect for adding storage to any room. But can you believe this amazing built-in unit from The Makerista is created from a Billy bookcase? Though this DIY will definitely take a little more skill (and you may even want to hire a handyman) it's a wonderful way to add custom bookcases to any living or dining room.

    Ikea Billy Bookshelves Hack from The Makerista

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    Ikea IVAR Turned Bar Cabinet

    Green bar cabinet

    Melanie Lissack Interiors

    A home bar is essential for anyone who loves to entertain and we can't get enough of this Ikea hack from Melanie Lissack Interiors. Here, a simple wooden cabinet is transformed into a mid-century bar cabinet complete with a wine rack and storage for all of your wine and cocktail needs.

    The legs used here add to the chic retro vibe, but you can pick any legs to change up the look and feel.

    DIY Drinks Cabinet Hack from Melanie Lissack Interiors

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    Plexiglass Ikea LACK table

    Plexiglass table

    Ich Designer

    One of the best things about a DIY Ikea piece is you can create something incredibly unique. In this post from Ich Designer, a simple $10 side table becomes a wonderful contemporary piece that stands out in any space. Using mirrored acrylic glass sheets, you can create a table that will surely become a conversation piece at your next party.

    Ikea Lack Hack from Ich Designer

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    Colorful BESTA Cabinets

    Colorful ikea cabinets

    Sugar & Cloth

    This Ikea Besta hack from Sugar & Cloth is perfect for a fun entryway or a den. Plus, this is a super simple DIY that requires just high-gloss cabinets and spray paint. It's perfect if you want to spice up your Ikea furniture without a lot of elbow grease.

    DIY Color Block Storage from Sugar & Cloth

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    Mudcloth Ikea Bench

    Mudcloth wooden bench

    Alice & Lois

    Perfect for an entryway or at the base of a bed, this Ikea hack from Alice & Lois requires just five materials including the wooden bench from Ikea. Using mudcloth (or any type of your favorite fabric), you can easily upgrade a simple bench with simple upholstery.

    Ikea Hack Mudcloth Upholstered Bench from Alice & Lois

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    INGO Farmhouse Table

    Farmhouse table

     East Coast Creative

    The modern farmhouse style is definitely in, but did you ever think you could get the look from Ikea? This dining table hack from East Coast Creative takes a simple unfinished wooden table and creates a rustic, modern farmhouse one that's perfect for a formal dining room or an eat-in kitchen.

    Build a Farmhouse Table the Easy Way from East Coast Creative

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    Watercolor Patio Chairs

    Watercolor patio chairs

    A Subtle Revelry 

    Check out this colorful hack from A Subtle Revelry perfect for brightening up any deck or patio. Using Mod Podge and the most colorful paint you can find, you can take boring plastic patio chairs and turn them into a work of art. This hack is great for new chairs or old ones that have lost their luster.

    Watercolor Ikea Chair Hack from A Subtle Revelry

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    Woven Ikea NORRÅKER Stool

    Woven bench

    Handmade Haven

    The woven and wood look is great for a minimalist or Scandi-inspired home and this bench from Handmade Haven is a great hack to get DIY yourself. Perfect as a side table or for a glass of wine next to a soaking tub, you can easily copy this Ikea hack in just an afternoon.

    Ikea Stool Hack from Handmade Haven

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    Floral IVAR Cabinets

    Floral cabinets

    We Are Scout

    We love Ikea hacks that not only transform a piece of furniture but also become works of art. This cabinet from We Are Scout is not only incredibly functional, but it's stunning as well. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and decoupage flowers, this blogger turned an unfished Ikea cabinet into the perfect entryway consol table.

    Ivar Cupboards Makeover from We Are Scout

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    Mid-Century Dresser Hack

    Mid century dresser

    Kristi Murphy

    Many of the best Ikea hacks require just a little bit of paint, some creativity and new furniture legs. We love this mid-century dresser from Kristi Murphy that features gold hairpin legs and gold paint, this blogger created a dresser that would look beautiful in any bedroom.

    DIY Ikea Dresser from Kristi Murphy

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    HILVER Desk Makeover

    Mid century desk

    Sarah Makes Stuff

    Whether you work from home often or you just need a desk for occasional workspace, this Ikea hack from Sarah Makes Stuff is a great solution. Made with a tabletop from Ikea and lovely hairpin legs, this simple desk is great for small spaces.

    Mid-Century Modern Desk from Sarah Makes Stuff

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    Nursery Dresser Makeover

    Dresser for a little girl's room

    abbysbarratt / Instagram

    Decorating a nursery and welcoming a new baby is expensive, but this updated Ikea dresser from abbysbarratt is a great alternative to a more expensive piece of furniture your baby will grow out of anyway. Using paint and new leather pulls, this sweet dresser is great for any child's room.

    Fluted Dresser from Abby Barratt

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    DIY Wall Sconces

    Industrial wall sconces

    Nalle's House

    Check out these DIY industrial-inspired wall sconces from Nalle's House. Not only are they perfect for small bedrooms, but they look a lot more expensive than they are. This hack takes just a few wooden brackets and wire cages to create hanging lights that add instant ambiance to your bedroom.

    DIY Cage Light Sconces from Nalle's House

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    Ikea DUKTIG Makeover

    Sage green playhouse / Instagram

    Looking for an Ikea hack for your playroom? This lovely makeover from takes a simple kitchen playset from Ikea and turns it into a beautiful kid-sized kitchen that rivals your own. You can take this DIY and customize it to create whatever imaginary space you desire (think cafe, flower shop, and more).

    Ikea Kids Kitchen Hack from Emily Parkhurst DIY