8 Ways to Make IKEA Look More Expensive
As much as we love IKEA, there’s no denying the brand’s products are inexpensively made. We see you, medium-density fiberboard, and you’re not passing for wood. Thankfully there are plenty of IKEA hacks out there to help you not only make your flat-pack, big-box-store finds not only look more bespoke and unique but also more expensive. Read on for a few of our favorite ways to put a tuxedo on IKEA.
One of the simplest ways to give an IKEA table, sofa, or chair a face-lift is to swap in new legs. Prettypegs sells furniture legs designed specifically to customize IKEA furniture (and they have a universal fit, so they can be used on other furniture, too). We love these brass and natural-ash legs blogger Brittany Cramer of Brittany Makes used with a simple console tabletop.
A flat-pack IKEA bookcase can’t compare to a custom built-in that’s original to a home… that is, unless you camouflage it with crown molding. Blogger Gwen Hefner of The Makerista helped her friend Laura with a makeover of her home, which already had wonderful, historic bones. Since custom built-ins aren’t cheap, the pair purchased three IKEA Billy bookcases, secured them to the wall so they were truly built-in, and finished them off with decorative trim and a library ladder to truly give it a historic look.
Wallpapering the backs of your IKEA bookcases or cabinets is a great way to add depth, texture, and a bit of visual interest to a simple and ubiquitous piece. To jazz up this IKEA Pax wardrobe, Trovare Design chose a beautiful grasscloth wallpaper with an inherently luxurious look. Trovare also painted the piece with a coat of Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist paint and added a base to give it a little more heft.
Replacing a pair of knobs on a dresser or drawer with one long bar pull can dramatically change the silhouette of your IKEA furniture or cabinetry. We love the sleeker, more modern look that a light coat of green paint and a brass bar pull gave Sarah Sherman Samuel’s nursery dresser.
You can give IKEA’s ultra-simple Malm drawers the look of an expensive campaign dresser by simply adding brass corner braces and a brass pulls to each drawer. Blogger Jackie DiCi transformed the flat-pack furniture in her Miami home, and it now has much more Floridian flair.
There’s nothing a can of gold spray paint can’t jazz up. Everything from IKEA vases to desk chair legs to bookshelves is a good candidate for a shiny coat of metallic paint. Better yet, you don’t have to be crafty to figure this one out. We love these gold-dipped glass bottles from blogger Sara du Jour—the extra bit of paint gives it a much more artisanal look.
Specializing in designer-quality fronts, cabinet doors, handles, and furniture legs to fit IKEA furniture, Stockholm-based brand Superfront helps you give your IKEA pieces a more bespoke look. We love the company’s new bathroom range, which includes bathroom sinks and hardware in upscale finishes like untreated brass and copper, in addition to graphic cabinet fronts. U.S.-based company Semihandmade also specializes in making one-of-a-kind doors for your IKEA cabinets.
If you’re not keen on the basic solid colors IKEA has to offer in its upholstery department, or perhaps IKEA’s standard cotton twill doesn’t feel luxe to you, Bemz might be just what you need. The Stockholm-based company sells slipcovers specifically sized to each of IKEA’s upholstered designs, and you can choose from a wide range of patterns, like gingham and stripes, or simply upgrade to a solid in a more luxe material like Belgian linen.
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