19 Best IKEA IVAR Storage Hacks

  • 01 of 20

    The Best IKEA IVAR Hacks and Projects

    Marie Willumsen

    Wish you could afford chic, custom storage?

    If your closets are overflowing, you can get your belongings beautifully in order — not to mention out of sight — for a fraction of the price with IKEA's IVAR system.

    The modular collection features drawers, cabinets, and shelves designed to be combined any way that you please. And here's where things get fun — Since all of the components are unfinished, solid pine, they're a snap to paint or stain.

    Get ready for some DIY magic — The following 19 IKEA...MORE IVAR hacks share how to create stylish, custom storage for any room in your home.

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  • 02 of 20

    Hack a Chic IKEA IVAR Sideboard


    You don't have to forfeit beauty when maximizing utility.

    Antonia from Craftifair created a chic credenza for cheap by combining two IVAR wall cabinets.

    To take her cupboards to the next level, she painted them a shade called Pitch Black by Farrow and Ball and then topped them off with a sheet of plywood for contrast. The finishing touch that elevated her project was a set of stainless legs by IKEA.

    Get the tutorial.

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    Create Colorful Entryway Storage

    Vera Lenting

    Do you need an idea that will cheer up your sad entryway? Then follow Vera Lenting's colorful lead. She brightened up her dull foyer while also creating much-needed storage space with three vibrantly painted IVAR cabinets.

    You can follow Vera on Pinterest. 

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  • 04 of 20

    Fake Custom Cabinetry

    Infarrantly Creative

    If your small space is seriously short on storage, this IVAR hack by Becky from Infarrantly Creative will solve your problem.

    She used 15 IVAR cabinets to fake built-in cabinetry. A few crucial steps gave the prefab cupboards a custom look.

    Let's start with the perfect paint job. After sanding, Becky primed each unit and then applied two coats of white paint. 

    Next, she upgraded the cabinet doors with stainless steel bar pulls.

    Now the clincher -- She secured the cabinets to the wall and added...MORE quarter round trim, and crown molding to make them look built-in.

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  • 05 of 20

    Get Your Stuff Organized


    Style expert Emily Henderson says her IVAR storage unit looks way better painted. The shade she picked is called Devine Compass. It remind us of the hottest paint color in Europe, Denim Drift.

    Learn more about Emily's project.

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  • 06 of 20

    Hack a Midcentury Workstation

    Jaymee Srp

    When Jaymee Srp ditched her laptop for a desktop, she created a problem. Since she didn't have a desk or home office, the new computer took over her kitchen table.

    The solution? She created a midcentury-inspired workstation that Don Draper would love. Her project combines two side units, three shelves and one cabinet from IKEA's IVAR system.

    Before staining her creation, Jaymee added a few smart features that enhance function. Our favorite is the retractable keyboard shelf. 

    For more tips and...MORE photos peruse the tutorial.    

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  • 07 of 20

    Give Your IVAR Pretty Legs

    Pretty Pegs

    Besides painting or staining, one of the easiest ways you can turn an IVAR cabinet into a brand-new piece of furniture is by adding a set of attention-getting legs.

    Pretty Pegs elevated the two IVAR hacks shared above. They sell removable furniture legs in a wide range of styles, colors, and heights. All of the products work with various furniture brands, including IKEA. 

    For inspiration, view their collections. 

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  • 08 of 20

    DIY a Chic Bar


    Make entertaining in a small space a cinch with this IKEA hack.

    Catarina from Sweet Magnolia transformed a couple of IVAR cabinets into a lovely blue sideboard with glitzy, gold legs.

    See her project from start to finish.

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    Playful Storage Hack

    Marie Willumsen

    This playful storage idea is true child's play.

    Illustrator Marie Willumsen gave two IVAR cabinets a fun new look with a few licks of color. Before she broke out the paintbrush, she mapped out her design with paint's tape. 

    But the fun doesn't end here. See the imaginative bedroom Marie created for her kids.

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    Pimp Your IVAR

    Ikea Ivar Hack Chic

    You don't have to break out the paint or wood stain to give your IVAR a spanking new look.

    Vera from Paul's Vera pimped out her cabinets using bronze washi tape. Her freehand design only took minutes to create. After adding new furniture legs, she decorated her new credenza.

    See every step of this makeover.

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    Pick a Standout Color


    Instead of forking over big bucks for stylish storage, Sofie Wrede from Nouw created a chic purple unit with Panduro Furniture Paint.

    So that you know, violet hues such as Benjamin Moore's Shadow and Olympic Paint's Cloudberry are on trend right now. 

    To up her project's style ante, she attached leather handles from Superfront and a set of gold painted furniture legs. Take a peek at her tutorial.

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    Create a Scalloped Beauty


    Little Miss Fix It, at Rum Hemma, gave the IKEA cabinet in her child's bedroom the scallop treatment.

    Before painting, she sketched out the pattern on her computer using InDesign software. After finalizing which colors worked best, she drew the design on the cabinet using a handmade cardboard template. What's ​the cherry on top? A set of furniture legs from Pretty Pegs. The crafty blogger picked a design from the brand's RAW collection.

    Get the tutorial.

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    Transform Your Storage Wall

    Ikea Ideas

    IKEA says the "most fun way" to customize pieces from their IVAR storage system is to turn them into works of art.

    To prove their point, a stylist from IKEA's Idea Lab created an abstract mural on a wall full of IVAR cabinets.

    But this IKEA hack isn't just about making the outside cute. Each cabinet was tricked out inside with stainless steel rails from the GRUNDTAL storage collection. See all the photos.

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    To Dye for IVAR Hack

    Deirdre Sullivan

    Love wood grain? Here's an idea that shows it off with color.

    Yours truly used white milk paint and blue dye stain to magnify this IVAR unit's natural beauty.

    Never heard of dye stain? Unlike traditional wood stain, it's made up of organic and water soluble materials.

    Most dye stains are relatively goof-proof to use. Just apply to unfinished wood and let dry. To intensify the color add another coat.

    FYI, this IVAR hack is far from done. To stay tuned, follow me on Instagram.

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    This IVAR Hack is all Drama

    Ikea Ivar Hack Green Console

    Nothing is quite as dramatic as a monochromatic color scheme.

    The Dutch company, Sadolin Paint refashioned two modest IVAR cabinets into a chic credenza by painting it the same tone as the walls. The color is called Ocean Green.

    See this colorful makeover.

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    Hack More Kitchen Storage

    The Fresh Exchange

    Remodeling a tiny kitchen to gain more storage space is a pricey endeavor. But Mike from The Fresh Exchange figured out a work around. His IVAR hack creates more room for kitchen stuff on an untapped wall.

    Crave more storage space? Peruse the tutorial.

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    Never Skimp on Hardware

    White Ikea Ivar Brass Pulls
    Forge Hardware Studio

    The folks at Forge Hardware Studio know that when it comes to DIY, never skimp on hardware.

    For instance, brass cabinet pulls transformed this painted IVAR system into a Scandinavian-inspired stunner.

    For more creative ideas, follow their Pinterest page.

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    Storage for Baby

    Maiju Saw

    Maiju Saha from Maiju Saw refreshed her dull IVAR cabinet with paint. Now she has an elegant storage solution for her baby's nursery,

    See more photos. 

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    This Hack Only Looks Expensive


    The furniture in this Scandi dining room only looks expensive. Rebecca Centre from the Swedish lifestyle blog Homespo gave her unfinished wood chairs and plywood IVAR cabinets a fancy new look with black and gray paint.

    Take a peek at more pictures.

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    Get Rolling


    Dutch blogger, Carina Ligthart from YDEAS, created a fleet of double duty storage tables for her office by adding castor wheels to IVAR cabinets. 

    Get more inspiration.