8 Affordable Ikea Home Hacks
Design your own custom furnishings and decor on the cheap by hacking your favorite Ikea finds. Transform furniture, storage solutions or even a basic basket into creative, clever accouterments for your home without paying designer-store prices.
Give a Side Table a Game Night Upgrade
Add a little fun to the function of an Ikea Lack table by painting a checkerboard on it. Painted wooden discs, also decorated yourself, serve as the checkers. Why wait for game night? This table is ready to play whenever the mood hits.
Craft Your Own Clutter-Free Coffee Bar
Keep coffee cups, Kcups and accessories organized by transforming a small area of your kitchen into a coffee bar. An Ikea Grundtal rail system, paired with S hooks, houses your coffee mug collection. Repurpose a low-profile bookshelf into storage space for your coffee maker, French press or sets of shaped sugars and place it below your hanging coffee cups. Everything you need for your next cup of caffeinated comfort is on hand, right when you want it.
Add Retro Inspiration With This Mod Table Makeover
Several Ikea accessories team up for this contemporary take on a mid-century modern desk. Tapered wooden legs, a patterned backer board and cork trivet transform the tabletop into an oh-so-chic desk stylish enough to display in the living room. Add an accompanying chair and your retro furniture revision is ready to go. Looking for more mid-century modern DIYs? Check out 10 Mid-Century Modern DIYs to Give Your Space a Modern Update.
Simplify Your Storage Space in the Garage
The Ikea Grundtal rail system takes center stage once again -- this time, taming tools and clutter in the garage. Install several sets of the rails, baskets and caddies in handy places along the wall. Now your hand tools, spray cans and small items no longer eat up valuable countertop space and you'll know exactly where to find them, every time.
Light Up Your Living Area With a Chic Floral Chandelier
Forget about spending top dollar on a chic chandelier when you can make your own on a budget. Cupcake liners, glued to a round paper lantern, form this elegant rhododendron chandelier. An Ikea Hemma cord set and low-wattage LED bulb provide the light. Instantly upgrade the style in the living room, hallway or even the bedroom with this super chic, super simple creation.
Add Style to an Entryway With This Storage Station Hack
Give an Ikea Ställ shoe cabinet an elegant entryway-worthy upgrade by adding hints of gold gilding to the legs and handle areas. Forget about storing shoes -- set this cabinet near an entryway and use it to stash mail, bills or even the chargers for personal electronics. When styled in front of an accent wall, this new organization system will upgrade your home's style while saving your sanity.
Transform a Simple Shelving Unit into a Rustic Cabinet
Transform a basic IKEA Kallax shelving unit into a set of stacked storage cubes narrow enough to fit into even the tightest space. The DIY distressed doors, made from hand-hammered knotty pine boards, round out the rustic look. Your friends will never know this piece with rugged designer style came from Ikea.