Ikea Hacks

15+ IKEA Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

April 29, 2016

These 15 IKEA hacks are so creative and are sure to inspire you! See how you can transform basic, inexpensive pieces from IKEA into absolute showstoppers.

I love DIY IKEA hacks and upgrades that transform basic, inexpensive pieces from basic to fabulous showstoppers.

I've tackled a few IKEA hacks myself. Seven years ago, we transformed basic IKEA bookshelves and dressers to create much-needed storage in our twin girls' room. It's amazing what a little paint and imagination can do. You can see the full tutorial here.

IKEA dresser and bookcase hack

We love this project and it was perfect for a long time! Eventually, we were in the mood to change these up a bit, and I was especially tired of the cardboard backing that usually comes with IKEA pieces like this. So we made an impressive upgrade by adding real wood to the back of the shelving units. See the full tutorial here. We also gave them each a bright coat of beautiful pink paint, and you can get my step-by-step guide to painting IKEA furniture here. 

IKEA billy book case hack

We transformed these dresser bookcases a third time–talk about an amazing bang for our buck! We are now using them in Avery's room. They are now a gorgeous deep purple with the same backing we had DIY'd previously, we just painted it.

I also created an expensive looking desk on a tiny budget using IKEA pieces.  You can check out the details of my IKEA desk hack here.

IKEA desk hack

But enough about my IKEA hacks!  Let's turn our attention to the fabulous 15 DIY IKEA hacks from others that I have rounded up for you.  They are AH-MAZING!

If you don't live near an IKEA, all hope is not lost. You can shop for many, many IKEA hacks on Amazon. And the IKEA website itself offers delivery for many of its items!

15+ DIY IKEA Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

Our first project is an amazing IKEA Kitchen Cabinet hack from Jen at Made By Girl. She created this gorgeous Floating Sideboard using basic kitchen cabinets, inexpensive (but gorgeous) hardware and an affordable wood top. I am in love with this look! See all the details here.

YES! Of all the Ikea ideas and Ikea hacks I have seen, this is one of my favorite. Ikea cabinets turned floating sideboard. Genius!


And here’s another beautiful kitchen cabinet hack – IKEA Cabinets Turned Rustic Buffet from Aniko at Place of My Taste.  Can you believe this stunning reclaimed wood buffet she created from such humble beginnings? Best of all, this is a doable project for beginning DIYers. See the full tutorial here.

Ikea ideas and Ikea hacks are my FAVE! Love this Ikea hack. Cabinets turned sideboard. So chic.


Up next is another IKEA table hack where your basic IKEA Ingo table becomes a high-end farmhouse dining table.

The farmhouse look is SO HOT right now, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag.  Monica over at East Coast Creative Blog wanted a farmhouse table but didn’t want to stomach the cost. So she made one on a budget starting with the $69 table and some inexpensive pine boards.  In the end, she spent less than $200 for this beauty.  You can check out the full tutorial here.

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I’m really proud of my high-end IKEA Lack Table Hack with reclaimed wood. I recently gave a designer look to a $59 IKEA Lack sofa table using paint and reclaimed wood. We had used it for 3 years in its original form and it held up well – I was just getting bored with how blah it was. I was inspired by a $900 bookcase, but this project cost a total of only $157 and was EASY to make. Check out the full tutorial here.

OMG, this is hands down the best Ikea Lack hack I have seen! I assumed it would be hard to get all those pieces of wood attached to the inside but this method looks SO EASY. Totally doing this the next time I can get to Ikea!

I am lusting after this next project: an IKEA shelf hack turning a basic boring VITTSJO unit into a major showstopper! For less than $100, Catherine at Gilded Maven created this glamorous and chic shelving unit. I want one! Check out all the details here.

This brilliant IKEA Billy Bookshelf Hack is another great shelf project! Laura at The Makerista created one of the most gorgeous library walls I have ever seen using super affordable Billy Bookshelves (we have probably all owned one or more of these units at one time or another in our lives!) GENIUS! Check out the tutorial here.

NO WAY! This is one of my favorite Ikea ideas/Ikea hacks EVER. This gorgeous library wall was made from Ikea Billy Bookcases. Love it!

Our next project features more amazing built-ins! I am going to have to try a project like this someday! Laura over at Avery Street Design created these GORGEOUS built-ins from IKEA Borgsjo bookcases. Ummm, I am speechless. They look so high end! Check out the tutorial here.


Prepared to be stunned by even MORE great DIY IKEA hacks using basic furniture pieces like cubbies and drawers!

Next project: Gold foiled drawer fronts. I love the fresh look Emily at Sugar & Cloth gave to a basic IKEA drawer unit with gold foil. Affordable and super chic! Find the tutorial here.

Of all the Ikea hacks and Ikea ideas out there, this one looks super easy and super chic! Love it!

How cool are these upgraded IKEA cubbies? Corey over at Sawdust to Stitches is a genius when it comes to IKEA furniture transformations. She designed an unbelievable IKEA storage hack by upgrading basic cubbies into this beautiful apothecary style chest. Check out the full tutorial here.


Next up are a couple of wonderful IKEA Rast hacks. The boring Rast dresser is just begging to be redone and these two projects do a great job!

This plain dresser was just that – plain, boring, BASIC. Mandy from Vintage Revivals turned your basic IKEA Rast dresser into a stunning campaign piece with just a few simple-to-follow steps. You can check out the full tutorial here.

Ikea ideas and Ikea hacks are abundant, but this is one of the most amazing I have seen. I would never have guess that this campaign night stand started out as an Ikea Rast dresser!

Here's some genius desk storage! Almost everyone I know could use more storage. Stacey at Addison Meadows Lane came up with the idea to use an IKEA Rast dresser as one of the legs for her desk. Two birds, one stone. So smart and pretty! Check out the full tutorial here.


Krys at Melodrama created this cute and functional IKEA banquette hack by using a Kallax bookshelf. So clever! See the full tutorial here.

I can’t get enough of this gorgeous IKEA bench hack that Bethany at Dwellings by Davore created using a basic and boring IKEA TV unit that she found in the “as-is” area. (You seriously cannot beat that section.) Her new bench is so glam! Check out the full tutorial here.


These last few DIY IKEA hacks are SO creative, but so simple too!

First up is this IKEA chair hack. The brilliant minds at Money Saving Sisters took a boring chair and transformed it into a piece of luxury office seating perfection. This gorgeous desk chair upgrade is totally blowing my mind. See the full tutorial here.

IKEA ideas abound, but this is the best I have seen for a desk chair. IKEA hacks make me happy!

Did you know that you can upgrade basic IKEA pieces with new fronts? I had no idea that you could purchase more “upscale” drawer and door fronts for your IKEA cabinets and some furniture pieces. Well, you can.  So you can accomplish epic DIY furniture hacks without even having a ton of DIY skills. Learn more about what you can buy from Superfront here. (I am NOT getting paid in any way shape or form to tell you about this company–I just think it's amazing.)

OMG! Love good Ikea ideas and Ikea hacks. These blue drawer fronts are EPIC.

Image source: Superfront.com

This DIY Industrial Sconce project is so impressive. Anu over at Nalle's House is a woman after my own heart. I have these same cage lights above the island in our kitchen, but I used them as pendant lights (their intended purpose). Anu got super creative and used a simple IKEA wall bracket to create these industrial cage lights sconces. LOVE them. See the full tutorial here.

diy cage light sconce 5

Are you feeling inspired to tackle your own DIY IKEA hacks yet? If you need more inspiration, you can see more IKEA hacks here: 15 Ways to Customize Your IKEA Bookshelves, 14 Inspiring Ikea Desk Hacks You Will LOVE, and 10 More Amazing IKEA Hacks that will blow your mind!

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  1. Rebecca says:

    Fantastic ideas! Too bad Superfront does not ship fronts to the US….

  2. Stacey says:

    Fantastic Round up! Thank you so much for including our Rast turned Craft desk.

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