Calling all lovers of affordably stylish homewares, DIY aficionados, and Kmart fans—that’s everyone, right? While we love Kmart’s on-trend collections as much as the next bargain hunter, we don't want the interior of our home to look like a carbon copy of our next-door neighbor's.
Enter: Kmart hacks—the art of thinking outside of the decorating box and using inexpensive goods in a unique way. Our inspiration? Those clever and crafty Pinterest and Instagram users from Australia where #kmarthacks are an obsession, almost as big as Ikea hacks and Target hacks here in the States.
To save you from having to trawl through these social media sites' endless feeds to find the best hacks for your home, we’ve done the hard work for you. So move straight along to the fun part—that'll be shopping and decorating for similar pieces available from Kmart.com in the U.S. You’re welcome! Scroll down for the decorating ideas that cost very little but look a million bucks.
Australian home decor maven @styledbydi shows how a room divider screen, like this woven number, makes a handy and affordable headboard with height. Look for one that closely matches the width of your bed.
In case you cohabit with someone who can't seem to remember where to find the Brie or mixes up the bins for apples with the one for arugula, @kaylabombardier has a solution for you. Kmart stocks a range of alphabet stickers in different styles.
The nice thing about simple three-leg stools and side tables is that they're pretty much interchangeable. And when you choose one in this timeless combination of wood and white, it goes with any decor from mid century to rustic.
Fillable lamps are one of those classic lighting DIYs that keeps coming back to delight us. Fill yours with shells, beads, Skittles or pretty pebbles, as shown by Sue of @thekmarthome in her dreamy and inspiring feed.
Michelle of @lookwhat_i_found in Brisbane takes upcycling to a whole new level with her rustic-chic pin pots. Just use a clean tin can then start clipping on clothes pins in concentric circles. Add a faux or real plant and you're done.
The key to a great #kmarthack is taking a product that's used in one part of the home and finding a novel way to use it. This wise Pinterest realized that a mixed media wood and marble cheese board could display hand towels and toiletries just as easily as a wedge of cheddar, and we're all grateful.
Large bowls can hold all sorts of things. With simple and affordable flower pots being hard to find, this smart ceramist turned a serving bowl into a minimalist planter for succulents.
Who says canisters are just for rice and flour? When they're sleek and neutral like these that mimic Carrara marble, you can use them in the bath or on your makeup table to hold brushes and lip gloss. They'd even work in a home office or art studio, where the bamboo lids help keep things tidy.
Short on places to hang plants in your home? Bring a lush and green statement into any room by using a clothing storage rack as a plant holder. Just add S-hooks and you're good to go.
Here's an especially clever hack from @savvy.styling that repurposes bamboo drawer organizer boxes. Just attach them to a wall with Command Strips and you'll soon be admiring your coordinated wall vignette, even if you're renting.
Create your own luxe looking "marble" clock with this DIY by Instagrammer Claire Elise. Just disassemble the clock, apply the marbled Con-Tact paper, then put it back together again and voila!