New IKEA Hacks That Will Change Your Life

Gabrielle Savoie
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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

When we need furniture, and we need it fast, there's no better place to go than IKEA. Its flat-pack system guarantees you can grab and go with whatever you need, from dinner napkins to entire sofas—no lead times or delivery schedules required. But our love for convenience has sometimes trapped us in the originality department—a feeling we know all too well when walking into a friend's apartment and seeing the exact same furniture as in ours.

There's a better way—with the help of a hex key, a glue gun, and a needle, we can now transform our beloved IKEA favorites into unrecognizable pieces that look deceptively chic and expensive. Such was the philosophy of Elyse Major and Charlotte Rivers when they released their book I Modify IKEAThe two women, who shared a passion for IKEA hacks, combined their efforts into a book featuring over 50 IKEA DIY projects that anyone crafty can achieve at home. Give some of our favorite hacks from the book a try—and turn your IKEA basics into statement pieces.

If You're Feeling Cold

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Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Want to give your bedroom a worldly vibe without scouring the souks of Morocco? Turn a simple throw into a chic pom-pom throw to layer at the end of your bed—and rival the most luxe bohemian bedrooms out there.

What You'll Need:

  • IKEA Gurli Throw
  • 28 pom-poms
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: Intermediate

Step 1: Lay your throw out on a flat surface, and position your pom-poms around the edges. To evenly spread your pom-poms around the throw, leave a 9-inch gap between each pom-pom. Alternate the colors as you go, or keep it monochrome for a more minimal look.

Step 2: Pin each pom-pom in place around the edge of the throw.

Step 3: Now you are ready to sew each pom-pom to the throw. Place a pom-pom flush to the edge with the loop sitting to the back of the throw. Insert at least six stitches into the base of each pom-pom to securely attach them to the throw.

Step 4: Once the base is secure on the edge of the throw, you can sew the loop neatly to the back of the throw. Repeat for all 28 pom-poms.

Designed by Charlotte Rivers 

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