The fact that we love Ikea shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. From the clever ways each item from the shop can be used to the unexpected finds available in store, there is always something new to discover. And for as chic as each piece may be, we can never turn down the opportunity for a little upgrade. From bed frames to kitchen cabinets there are no shortages of Ikea furniture pieces or accessories, which have come face to face with a little revamp here and there. Ahead, just a few of our favorite Ikea products and the style-focused upgrades (read: the best Ikea hacks!) we found for each.
Here’s the stylish bar cart you never knew you needed! From its delicate birch wood details to the ultra chic wallpapered surface, it’s the ideal accent piece that will fit in with just about any decor scheme. The versatile cart can be used a multitude of ways—a library on wheels, coffee cart, side table—and the choice of the wallpaper print is completely up to you.
You give us Ikea’s Metod cabinet system and we (er, Reform) give you a front replacement that will instantly transform it into an ultra luxe and statement-worthy storage unit. Minimal DIY required.
We’re doling out major creativity points for this one. What was once a standard Lack shelf, is reinvented into the ultimate reading nook, complete with a cushioned lounge, ample storage, and plenty of style to go around.
Can you spot the hack? The Billy bookcase is about as iconic as it gets, and thus, the opportunities for a revamp, essentially limitless. This clever blogger transformed his into a stunning built-in unit, washed in a timeless shade of gray, which ingeniously blends in with the surrounding decor.
Pair IKEA’s classic Lack shelf with a leg frame to create a desk or entryway console! We’re taking cues from this scene that subs the alternate side of the frame with a stack of color-coded books instead. Get the complete how-to here.
A woodland-inspired dinner party calls for plenty of ethereal textures that will offset the rigidity of the surround. Here, the Solig nets are revamped to function as dreamy accent pieces above the dining tables. Get the DIY here!
IKEA’s Sinnerlig pendant lamp has been making a serious statement this season and we’re all for reimagining the many ways this one piece can be used. Here, it comes paired with a set of blush-toned legs that transform the piece into a low-sitting floor lamp.
It’s no secret that rattan is making a comeback, so naturally, a stylish upgrade is in order. Here, with the help of a little jersey cotton and yarn, this seat is transformed into a playfully colorful accent piece.
You see an Ikea dresser, we see a stylish focal point that’s all about using that blank wall space. There’s your typical storage, and then there’s this. Stack two sets of a pair of Ivar cabinets side by side, and paint a mural of your choosing or cover with a graphic wallpaper for a truly statement worthy finish.
A slatted bed base becomes a wall-mounted storage solution for the home office – bonus points for being both stylish and functional.
Terracotta planters are a thing of the past. Reinvent IKEA’s Ingefara planter with a fresh coat of paint. Get the how-to.
Meet Superfront, a Swedish company that offers a variety of stylish accessories with the purpose of elevating IKEA basics. It’s hard to believe that this was once just a plain sink cabinet!
A line of the Sektion fridge top cabinets paired with a slab on top and bottom becomes the media center you never knew you needed. Suddenly, the family room has a whole lot more storage space to work with. You’re welcome.