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. 
Get the how-to on designsixtynine
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. 

Get the how-to here. 

Who knew a muffin tin could double as table decor? Fill each well of the tin with a cluster of herbs to create an edible centerpiece that’s both fragrant and chic. 

Get the scoop on IKEA.

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. 

Get the how-to on Brit + Co.

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 thisStack 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.

Get the how-to here.

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.  

Get the how-to here.

Lend a touch of color to your wall art with painted frame mats. Here’s how!
An everyday planter reinvented with an edgy texture that exudes fearless style with a bright pop of color. 

Paint transforms these basic coasters into chic and minimal trinket dishes. Get the how-to
For the overhead lighting that looks a bit outdated or plain, add a delicate yarn accent for a more dressed up feel.

Get the scoop on DesignLoveFest.

Enter one budget-friendly DIY that takes under an hour to make and only requires a cushion plus a cover. Get the scoop on Poppytalk!

You’ve probably seen your fair share of this must-have fur-covered stool – here, a DIY that will cost a whole lot less.

Originally published January 2016. Updated February 2018.

More hacks that inspire:
Use This IKEA Hack to Give Your Home a Retro Vibe
Unexpected IKEA Hacks for a Spring Party
11 Finds From IKEA That Were Made For Small Spaces

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