IKEA furniture hacks are especially useful when you have your eye on that high-end designer piece – but don’t quite have the budget for it.
Interior design enthusiasts can still achieve a high-end, bespoke look with a bit of creativity and elbow grease (and, if that’s not for you, companies like Superfront and Semihandmade will be right there). height of your style).
Thanks to the growing popularity of IKEA hacks among influencers and interior designers, it’s now easier to get top-notch tips for a professional finish.
Whether it’s a cool credenza, a style-saturated sideboard, or a designer chest of drawers, there are tons of clever ways to achieve a luxurious look for less.
IKEA furniture tips for a designer look
Inspired by big-name designers like Sarah Sherman Samuel and Tiffany Leigh, we’ve picked our favorite IKEA furniture hacks below to inspire your next project.
1. Turn a basic IKEA Koppang chest of drawers into a standout bedside table
“Everyone loves our olive green bedside tables and hardly anyone can believe these are IKEA hacks – they look convincingly high end!” says Tiffany of @TiffanyLeighDesign. IKEA dresser hacks are a category all their own, and this revamp proves why.
“I bought and hacked these IKEA chests of drawers over five years ago when I was still in design school and on a tight budget. They have held up well, moved with me twice and have redecorated our last house, proving that high-end style can be achieved on any budget with a little elbow grease.
Tiffany used decorative trim and a miter box to cut the corners, wood glue, Zinsser shellac primer, furniture paint (vegetarian from Beauti-Tone Paints), and added new knobs for a premium finish.
2. Create a contemporary credenza with IKEA Sektion
Another awesome IKEA designer hack for ultimate inspiration is this ultra-chic credenza by Sarah Sherman Samuel.
Sarah used IKEA Sektion wall cabinet frames and IKEA Maximera drawers as the basis for this look. She then transformed the cabinets with Night Sky Beaded Door for Sektion and Night Sky SSS Beaded Drawer for Sektion (a wonderful collaboration between Sarah Sherman Samuel and Semihandmade) and beautiful knobs and handles from the Sarah range with Park Studio.
The white top, frame and legs are also from Semihandmade. So all you have to do is install them – the perfect job for the DIY beginner.
3. Turn IKEA Brimnes into a fluted wooden cabinet
Modern storage solutions can often be expensive, so an IKEA storage hack can allow you to give your interior a polished refresh without breaking the bank.
Jo, from @jo_at_sixty8, transformed an old IKEA Brimnes wardrobe into this trendy fluted masterpiece for the perfect little piece of living room furniture.
She says: “We removed the doors and handles and cut many strips of custom D molding (using miter shears I believe). Then glue them to the door and reattach them to the cabinet, before adding the new handles at the top.
“We also replaced the cabinet top with painted MDF so the front was flush with the doors as the molding added depth, but that wasn’t necessarily necessary – just a fussy visual thing.”
And it’s those little details that elevate a room to a statement worthy of a designer.
4. Relax on an elegant Scandinavian-style lounge chair
Looking for a bit of casual luxury in your home? This gorgeous IKEA daybed would be a sophisticated addition to any home.
The earthy hue and linen texture have transformed an IKEA Söderhamn into a casual beauty, making it one of the most stylish living room ideas.
Niki, from @myscandinavianhome, who is also the author of Lagom, the Swedish art of living a balanced and happy life, says, “IKEA hacks are one of my favorite hobbies – In fact, knowing that I can adapt furniture and accessories in so many ways changes the way I walk around the store and look at each piece!”
“We’ve had an IKEA lounge chair for years – but since discovering Bemz designer covers, the piece is almost unrecognizable as a high street brand. To get the look, I chose a Söderhamn chaise longue from IKEA (without cover) – you can also buy a used one – then I selected the Pebble Brera Lino Linen Loose Fit Cover from Bemz, which gives the chaise a soft, more relaxed look and feel.
“It’s one of my favorite corners of the house! Since I have kids, I can easily take it off and wash it too.
5. Add a smart study corner to a child’s room
If you’re looking for pretty yet stylish girl’s bedroom ideas, this revamped office space is sure to be just the thing for you.
“Wanting to make use of the wasted space of an alcove next to the fireplace in my daughter’s bedroom, I created an office space using a plain white IKEA worktop cut to size and two of the cabinets from the range IKEA Eket on each side to support it,” says Leoma @styletheclutter.
‘The reason I chose the Eket cabinets is that they are only 35cm deep which worked perfectly for this setup. I also painted IKEA spice racks to create small shelves above the desk.
“When I changed the wallpaper last year I decided to give this space a little makeover, so everything was painted in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue, a tone similar to the new Riffle wallpaper.
‘Everything was first primed in Zinsser Bullseye 123 to ensure the paint adhered. I also added beautiful brass handles from Dowsing and Reynolds to the drawers.
“Not only does this space add storage and a great desk for homework, but now that it’s one tone, it also looks effortless and fits the space.”
6. Get a “built-in” wardrobe with IKEA Pax units
Built-in wardrobes are likely to be the most expensive part of a bedroom renovation. A way around the high price? Find out how to personalize an IKEA Pax.
“After five years, we were finally looking to take our chic dorm room to a truly thoughtful and beautiful space,” says Sophia @ 1894home.
“We already had our existing IKEA Pax cabinets which we had actually brought with us from our last home. Although they filled most of the alcove, we thought making them look more integrated would bring it up to standard superior.
“Using the existing carcasses, we put them on a base to raise them up, then we added slats to the sides and top of the cabinets. This then allowed us to tackle this with MDF that we had custom cut from our local lumber yard.
“We added a wooden cornice at the top and a plinth at the bottom before priming, painting and changing the handles.
“We are very satisfied with the result. We used our existing IKEA doors, but you can easily make your own and create different styles.
7. Show off a practical yet pretty window display
We love nothing more than when form meets function in furniture, and this super practical display case does just that.
“It’s an IKEA Havsta hack,” says Jen @crack_the_shutters. “I wanted a glass display case that also covers more unsightly things like board games on the bottom half.
“So I added reed pine moldings to the bottom of the glass and cut MDF into arches for the top glass panels and used No Nails glue to attach to the glass.
“I then painted it in Farrow & Ball Pigeon and added brass handles from Plank hardware – and it looks like a unique new piece of furniture.”
8. Turn an IKEA Rast into an edgy dresser
IKEA bed hacks often come with ideas for bedroom furniture.
Marisa, from @oakappledecor, says of this hotel-smart hack: “We first painted the IKEA Rast drawers as they come in a raw pine.
“Then we used Feathr wallpaper to cover the drawer fronts. We lined the fronts of the three drawers together, then cut them out to ensure the flow of the pattern.
“We added brass T-handles from Dowsing and Reynolds. We finished with wooden balls for the legs which created a unique finish.
9. Take an IKEA Malm wardrobe from basic to bespoke
“It was my husband’s beloved IKEA Malm filing cabinet that he refused to part with…So I secretly gave it a little refreshment,” says Eve @newhome_oldhhouse_.
“The paint we used was the same paint we had used on the panels in the bedroom pictured, which is the Crown Period Collection in Velvet Evening. This paint is beautiful and literally only took two coats – no sanding or priming – (I’m pretty impatient for all of that). First I wiped down the cabinet.
‘Then I bought the beads/mouldings in long strips from B&Q, just natural untreated wood (and kept them as is). I measured the drawers and cut the bead strips to size with my husband’s electric cutter.
‘Then I smoothed a layer of ‘No Nails’ over the front of the drawers and glued on the cut beads.
‘I continued to quickly sand the edges of the drawers (the top and tail of the cord) with an electric hand sander to give a smoother, even finish after cutting.
‘Then I simply finished by adding brass handles from Amazon.
10. Get a cool California aesthetic with an earthy storage cabinet
Earthy, organic and textured, Superfront’s Wood collection is an easy way to achieve your IKEA furniture hacks – and guarantee a finish any interior designer would be proud of.
If you’re not a DIY whiz, companies like Superfront are the perfect stop for an IKEA glow. This IKEA Metod is given a whole new high-end life with the brand’s vertically fluted doors and handles (in shade wood) and the Slender Low foot frame in black.
As we all spend more time indoors, we seek to connect with nature, which has seen the growing popularity of natural surfaces in everything from furniture to decorative objects (think wood, terracotta and marble). ).
This cabinet is a chic way to get the new organic look without splashing too much cash. Not only is it a stylish storage space, but it’s also the perfect place to display your perfectly imperfect thumbnails and object.