16 Chic-to-Death IKEA Hacks You Have to Try
We love IKEA for its affordable prices, modern design (hello, chic IKEA kitchen cabinets), and cutting-edge product releases. But given that the Swedish mega-retailer prints more copies of its catalog than there are sales of the Bible each year, it's only natural to worry that your new flat-packed furniture won’t look unique when millions of home decorators are buying the same thing. Enter the IKEA hack. We can't resist a good DIY, especially ones that involve our favorite Swedish retailer. These simple upgrades instantly elevate your cheap finds into totally chic and expensive-looking décor.
One area of IKEA you've most likely overlooked is the fabric section. We love this hack that uses IKEA's textured raw cotton, Minna, to make textile pots. They have sewn the fabric into a simple shape and placed it around basic planters, then painted them with stripes of varying hues. This easy DIY can add a pop of color wherever you need one.
Any furniture hack that doesn't involve a drill is one we definitely want to know about. This clever decorator used a little Stikwood adhesive and some wood panels to spruce up her IKEA Malm bed frame. The end result is a reclaimed wood look with very little woodworking involved. It does require a rotary saw to get the length right, but that’s nothing you can’t handle.
We would never have guessed that this sophisticated and contemporary window seat, which stores shoes, coats, and kid's backpacks, is actually an IKEA refrigerator cabinet. It’s incredible what some creative reuse can produce.