Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks

IKEA Hacks - Transform your furniture on a budget

Shopping at IKEA is a brilliant way to kit out your home in stylish and affordable furniture. Did you know that there’s a whole sub-culture of up-scaled, customised IKEA furniture? The tricks used are IKEA hacks, and we’ve collected some from Pinterest to include in this article.

IKEA’s popularity means there’s a worry that your friends will have the same furniture as you. If you’re up for some DIY, you can take IKEA furniture and transform it into a statement piece for little to no money. Turn a standard item into something much more original, creative and eye-catching.

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Clothes Rack

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Clothes Rack

This pretty little baby clothes rack is actually a spice rack turned upside down! Leave it white or decorate in playful colours to fit in with your fun nursery theme.

For instructions, click here.

Difficulty Rating: Super Easy

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Map table

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Map Desk

Turn a LATT children’s table into something much more eye-catching with the addition of a map. You could also use a poster or print of your choosing). The map is stuck on the top and laminating in Mod Podge glue.

To add another element of fun, paint the table and chairs with blackboard paint. The kids will be able to decorate the table with chalk, which is always fun.

Find the full instructions here.

Difficulty Rating: Medium – Some Effort Required

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Cloud shelves

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Cloud Shelves

Make some simple LACK floating shelves into a nursery decoration with some paint in a cloud shape. It’s a great way to bring some imagination and fun into your child’s room without much effort.

To bring some whimsy to your home, click here.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - DIY Rocking Chair

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DIY Rocking Chair

This one requires a bit more DIY. Transform a standard STRANDMON Wingback IKEA chair into an elegant rocking chair. This involves making your own rockers, but you could always find some at a charity shop!

If you want the full instructions, visit this link.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Chevron Chest of Drawers

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Chevron Chest of Drawers

Take a wooden chest of drawers and add this modern design using some masking tape and some white paint. Stick the masking tape on the front of the chest of drawers in the design you want.

We love this chevron pattern, but diagonal would work just as well. Paint over the masking tape, making sure to cover the exposed areas. Remove the masking tape to reveal the design!

For detailed instructions, click here.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Functional Wall Decoration

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Functional Wall Decoration

Make a practical work of art with this wall of vibrant and irregular LOSJON hangers.

You can follow these instructions or come up with your own design.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

IKEA Hacks - Transform your furniture on a budget - Pops of Colour

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Pops of Colour

Neon paint can transform a room with white walls. Paint subtle accents onto white pieces, going as big or as little as you want. It will make the furniture look funky, fresh and much more expensive than it actually was.

Click here for the complete method.

Difficulty Rating: Medium

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Custom Stools

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Custom Stools

A lick of paint and a sheet of beautiful wallpaper make these stools into statement pieces. You should be able to get decent-sized samples of wallpaper from any decor store. Choose a matching paint (sample paints are either free or inexpensive) and away you go! It’s ideal for children’s seating or for a step up in the kitchen.

To learn how to do this, click here.

Difficulty Rating: Medium

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Mid-Century Coffee Table

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Mid-Century Coffee Table

This is a clever one. Instead of searching antique shops for the perfect vintage table, pick one up from a charity shop. Take the legs off and use them for this DIY mid-century coffee table!

Fix the vintage legs to the IKEA LACK coffee table. You’ll end up with a piece much more expensive looking than the sum of its parts. Plus, no one else will have the same table!

You could even try this with a desk or dining room table. It’s one of the most versatile IKEA hacks we’ve seen!

For full instructions, click here.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult

Save Money and Transform Your Furniture With IKEA Hacks - Planter Hack

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Planter Hack

This awesome and eye-catching planter is made out of 4 plain IKEA bowls! Of all the IKEA hacks we’ve come across, this one looks the least like its origin.

Follow these steps:

  1. Glue four bowls together (look closer, it’s actually four bowls stacked)
  2. Paint with a wash of acrylic paint (complementing colours work best)
  3. Splash with dark brown dots of acrylic paint to give it the authentic clay look

Now you have a colourful planter for an amazing price plus a little effort! If you’re in any way artistic, you’ll enjoy this one.

Click here for instructions.

Difficulty Rating: Depends on How Creative You Are


Are you going to try any of these IKEA hacks? If you’re inspired but could use a little help, hire one of our carpenters or handymen. You can also click the button below to submit a free request for flatpack assembly.

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