20+ Easy IKEA Hacks: smart designs & beautiful transformation ideas for every room such as DIY desk, dressers, kitchen island, bed, & more!
As a lover of all things DIY, I have encountered hundreds of Ikea hacks. My AHA moment: the most inspiring ones have these qualities in common-
1 . Beautiful: the best IKEA hacks truly transform the look of the original piece – vertical becomes horizontal, minimal becomes farmhouse, etc.
2 . Smart: great IKEA hacks take full advantage of the smart functional designs of IKEA furniture to save time and money in the DIY process.
In the second group of our favorite IKEA hacks ( first group is here ) we will look at some inspiring ideas for every room, from IKEA hack bed, desk, to kitchen and living room furniture!
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Video: 20+ Smart and Gorgeous IKEA Hacks
Let’s start with a gorgeous IKEA hack desk!
1 . Easy Ikea Desk Hack for the home office
It is not easy to find a home office desk that offers great storage, great looks, and great price all in one, unless you DIY to make it just the way you love!
The Ikea Alex and Helmer drawer units are the perfect height for a desk, add an ikea table top, you can have a beautiful IKEA hack desk here for under $100.
2 . IKEA Rast Dresser to Farmhouse Style Dresser
When we think of Ikea, we think of Scandinavian modern and minimal style. How do we get a farmhouse style transformation?
This Ikea dresser hack is so creative. It totally transformed the original Ikea Rast Dresser into a traditional farmhouse style chest of drawers! You can watch the full Youtube video tutorial from This Old House below-
If you love the distressed paint look, here’s a detailed tutorial on several easy techniques to distress wood and furniture. The candle technique used above is one of them!
3. Kitchen Island IKEA Hacks
Who doesn’t love a kitchen island on wheels? If you feel challenged by small space or limited budget, these 3 Ikea hack kitchen islands are nice inspirations!
Two Ikea bamboo cutting boards, one IKEA Kallax storage unit, four casters. You have a kitchen island! Tutorial here.
4. IKEA Hack Kitchen Island with storage baskets
Similar to the first one, this Ikea hack kitchen island / bar is built over the portable IKEA Kallax shelving unit. ( The original website sketchystyles.com has expired. If you are the creator of this, please let me know! )
5. From IKEA shelf to Kitchen Island
By adding molding at the bottom and wood planks at top, this brilliant Ikea hack kitchen island / console table totally looks like it’s high-end built in!
In addition to this DIY tutorial and Youtube video above, Liz and JP have many great DIY tutorials on their Youtube channel, The Rehab Life, you would love!
6. Platform Bed IKEA Hacks
The entire bedroom above is created from the Ikea Expedit units, isn’t this DIY smart and gorgeous?
Sadly, Ikea has discontinued the Expedit shelves. The IKEA Billy bookcase ( images and dimensions above) and Kallax shelving units are good alternatives to create the platform bed frame and storage shelves.
7. IKEA Storage Bed Inspiration
This awesome platform bed frame also offers lots of storage underneath, perfect for a small bedroom or apartments. It would be a really fun kids bunk bed idea too! The base is made from Ikea wall cabinet units and 2x4s. Check out the video tutorial below.
Chris also built another version of this DIY platform bed, which you can check out at his fabulous Youtube channel HandyDadTV.
9. Shoe Storage IKEA Cabinet Hack
How to give the minimal Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet a reclaimed wood finish for $10, without touching any power tools?
In the youtube video below, Heather shows you just how to update the drawer fronts with rustic farmhouse wood plank contact paper or wallpaper! You can check out more creative DIYs at her channel HeatherMoxieDIY .
In addition to the paper Heather suggested, you can also use fabric or reclaimed wood peel and stick vinyl wallpaper like this!
9. Transform IKEA Rast Dresser with knobs & trims
This glamorous Ikea Rast dresser hack by Allison Byrd is a great example of how paint colors and new hardware details can dramatically transform a piece of furniture. Visit her channel and tutorial here.
10. Easy IKEA Rast Dresser upgrade
This genius hack is inspired by vintage furniture design. Glue some wood planks to make the drawer fronts look like narrow map drawers, and finish the look with aged brass library label frames and drawer pulls! Your guests would never guess this vintage apothecary chest of drawers originally came from IKEA.
More IKEA Hacks
How to turn an IKEA Besta storage unit into a cozy storage bench by the window? How to transform an IKEA bookshelf into a luxe media console? Visit 18 more fabulous Ikea hacks here, with more awesome Ikea decorations, furniture and room makeovers!
And our DIY IKEA kitchen remodel!
Happy hacking! See you next week! 🙂