No Sweat Ikea Hacks: 5 Sources for Customizing IKEA Furniture

  • 01 of 05

    IKEA Hack: How to Give Your IKEA Cabinets a New Look for Cheap

    The only thing we love better than IKEA products would have to be IKEA hacks (especially the space-saving ones.) Unfortunately, our favorite Swedish retailer wasn't on board with the latter. It was around this time last year when they attempted to shut down Ikeahackers, a super popular fansite. 

    Now IKEA is singing a different tune. They plan to release a line of official furniture hacking kits. No word yet on when these kits will be available, but until then, there are plenty of third-party products available that make customizing IKEA furniture no sweat—even if you are DIY-challenged—so keep reading!

    Shown above is a $99 IKEA dresser that was given a faux woodgrain makeover using precut sticker panels by PANYL. They make no-VOC, peel and stick vinyl covers that make it a cinch to customize IKEA storage systems and units including MALM, BESTA, BILLY, and KALLAX. Their flexible vinyl panels are so fool-proof to apply, the manufacturer says if you can assemble a piece of flat-packed IKEA furniture, you are overqualified to DIY with their product. Prices start at around $20 per panel.

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  • 02 of 05

    IKEA Hack: Upgrade Your Furniture's Legs


    It's amazing how a chic set of furniture legs can instantly make an inexpensive sofa or table look like a big ticket item. But you don't have to take our word for it, visit Prettypegs. They offer a playful selection of mid-century inspired legs for various furniture brands, including IKEA. And unlike the flat-pack furniture giant, Prettypegs ships worldwide for free.

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  • 03 of 05

    IKEA Hack: How to Give Your IKEA Kitchen Cabinets a Custom Look


    Semihandmade offers a beautiful selection of cabinet doors, panels and drawer fronts designed to give your new IKEA kitchen, bathroom, or storage system a custom built look. Even better, their range of beautiful designs will personalize your space for up to 40% less than handcrafted custom cabinetry.  

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  • 04 of 05

    IKEA Hack: Give Your IKEA Furniture a Glam Upgrade

    Want to give your IKEA furniture a glam twist? You can give your dressers and cabinets a Hollywood Regency makeover using decorative panels by O'verlays. They create lightweight geometric fretwork panels that harken back to the glitzy furnishings made popular during Tinseltown's golden era. O'verlay's sells each design as a kit precut to fit IKEA's popular shelving, cabinet and drawer systems. Shown on the left is the O’liva kit for the MALM six drawer dresser. Shown on the right is the Pipa kit for the TARVA three drawer dresser. Prices for most kits range from $33 to $80.

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  • 05 of 05

    IKEA Hack: Custom Cabinet Handles and Legs


    Our favorite third-party supplier for unique IKEA components is SuperFront, a Swedish manufacturer that for years would not ship to the U.S.A. Now their drool-worthy cabinet handles and furniture legs for Ikea systems including BESTA and PAX are available online for their stateside fans. Shown above is the Holy Wafer handle in brass, and the Captains legs in brass and paint dipped birch wood. Unfortunately, larger items like the Marais door available for BESTA cabinets shown above, are not available for overseas orders.