We all love ikea, its hard to walk out of their store without purchasing some essential items you didn’t even go in for. One of the things I love most about Ikea and why it is my go to store, is their simple design in relation to price and quality. However what I love is using their basic pieces and with a little touch and flair these pieces can be turned in to high end designer items.
Sometimes you need to take an item out of the department is was designed for and re-purpose it to another area to discover the basic piece of furniture you are looking for to start your hack.
Perhaps you have seen some high end designer furniture but can´t justify the price tag, I suggest you check out the following amazing ikea hacks that have taken a basic item of furniture and created something much more high end. For those of you that love adding value to furniture or getting the look for less, these hacks are for you.
Turning any bathtoom in to a Spa.
Create a spa bath mat using Runnen ikea decking:
I´ve seen these retail for up to $60 per mat for not as nice design. Take 2 boxes of the Runnen Ikea decking and you can make 3 of these bath mats for under $50
Useful wall features
Check out this really cool hack that has taken the Ikea Luroy slatted bed base ($9.99), hung it vertal flat against the wall and used the Rimforsa ($2.99 4 pack) to hang the storage items required. Perfect for crafts rooms, kids craft storage solutions and bathrooms, the only limits to this sleek hack is your imagination.
Get the boutique style for less.
This simply fabulous hack has taken a simple ikea dresser like the Tarva for $119 for example and transformed it in to something very stylish applying appliques in the center of the draws, painting, then adding the finishing touches – the handles. The resulting piece of furniture looks easily 3 times the cost of the materials.
Its amazing what a coat of paint and changing the handles can do for creating “the look”. Check out what these vintage draw handles can look like on a simple ikea dresser.
Low Cost Sideboard
Hannah was looking for a lower cost alternative to a sideboard and used 2x Ivar cabinets ($70 each) and with a bit of fancy paintwork, some art deco style handles and the finished look was more than half the price of the original sideboard she wanted to purchase.
Marble on a budget
An easy and low cost way to get a marble look and finish is to use marble laminate to cover the top surface of the furniture. This hack has taken a standard $69.99 nightstand and given it a high end design and finish that would cost several hundred dollars to buy new.
The Kallax bench hack
There are so many possibilities when converting the Kallax shelving unit ($49.99) in to a bench. Just turning it horizontal and adding a cushion and you acheive this amazing bench and storage unit. This can be used in so many different ways – at the end of the bed, in kids play areas, entrance hall ways. Here a back has also been added and glamorous accessories to give it a high end feel.
A Kitchen Island for less than $40
The following ikea hack has taken two LACK tables from Ikea ($9.99 each) and transformed them into a working island space for a small kitchen. Again using the marble laminate to finish the top and wheels for the bottom to easily move it in to place. This item is achieved for less than $40 but if you were looking to purchase this item it can easily set you back more than $200.
A high end media unit
This is an amazing media unit hack that has taken the Kallax ($69.99) shelving unit, tuened it on its side and attached it to half a billy bookcase ($59.99) either side. The whole unit has been given a high end feel with the colour choice and wooden top and the whole unit has been created for under $200
Luxury Office Hack
This simple hack has taken the Linnmon/Alex ($229.99) desk and added some finishing touches with some gold cabinet draw label cards (pack 50 $7.99) and gold vinyl surrounding the bottom. The desk compliments the chair perfectly with which the legs have been given new life with gold spray paint and to top the look a fur rug has been used to give it a luxurious vibe.
The platform bed
To buy a platform bed online, out of the box can set you back over $1000, plus doesn’t include as much storage options as a hacked variety from Ikea. This stylish option has used kitchen cabinets as they are inexpensive and provide a lot of storage. You can change the look with adding carpet insets or crystal handles.
Source: Oh Yes Blog
Industrial side table for under $10
Industrial designs are very fashionable at the moment, but can also come with a high price tag. This hack from griilo designs has taken the Marius side table ($5.99), added a wooden top and created a compact industrial styled side table.
Designer bookshelf at a fraction of the cost
Suzy had her eye on a wood and metal bookshelf from Dot & Bo coming in at $1534 but didn´t feel justified at the expense. Instead she took a $15.99 bookshelf, spray painted it black and added some wooden shelving to to tops of the shelves and I think you will agree the results are spectacular.
Farmhouse coffee table up-hack
This hack has used a Hemnes coffee table ($149) due to the size and shape, but there is no reason it can´t be applied to a more basic coffee table, a Lack for example ($29.99) Wood has been applied to the surface with tack detailing adding to the farmhouse style.
Designer lighting on a budget
With this example good use has been given to the maps, turning the boring in to the extraordinary and will really make a feature in the room. I love the way he has co-ordinated the color of the maps with the lampshade, but the only limits to this hack is the imagination, children’s characters for children’s rooms, Arabic patterns for a boho feel, wood design for a room more rustic, a really inspiring idea.
I hope these example hacks have inspired you to take another look at your ikea furniture and shown how with a little imagination budget pieces can be turned in to high end items with just a little bit of creativity and flair. If there is a look you are going for, try first to see if you can recreate that look using basic ikea pieces, you will not only save money, but be left with that priceless achievement of “I did that”