This One Trick Will Make Your IKEA Furniture Look So Expensive

Many of us still own IKEA storage pieces from our first-apartment days. Whether it's a TV bench in the living room or an armoire repurposed for storage in the basement, these pieces take on new life with each new home and blend into our lives seamlessly. But the nature of these furniture pieces means that they don't always look their best after a few years: Scuffs and marks can show up easily, maybe the finish has yellowed, or the melamine has peeled. 

Luckily, there's a solution to making your starter furniture look like a million bucks and evolve with you: Norse Interiors. No need to throw your stuff to the curb and start anew; this startup builds customizable replacement pieces for IKEA storage, from surfaces to pulls and legs.

"I got the idea when I was decorating the office at a startup I was working at," Lotta Lundaas, Norse's founder, told us. "I had a tight budget, so I turned to IKEA, as I often do, but I wished there were more options that would fit the company’s brand better. That’s when I realized that there might be a market for making replacement pieces to upgrade IKEA’s furniture and to encourage customers to be the designers of their own one-of-a-kind pieces."

Ready to upcycle your worn IKEA furniture? Lundaas shares her best tips with us below.