12 Chic IKEA Hacks for Your First Apartment

What’s not to love about IKEA? The Swedish home goods retailer has continually stocked our homes with some of the most reliable basics and the cleverest storage solutions—all at affordable prices to boot. But the worldwide love affair for all things IKEA means that you may see some of your living room from page 10 of IKEA’s catalog look identical to your neighbor’s house and your niece's dorm room.And, well, that can get old fast.

But that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the beloved Swedish brand. Instead get creative and transform your go-to IKEA staples with these brilliant hacks to make them anything but basic. Read on for 13 IKEA hacks that you—and your first apartment—will very much appreciate.