What I love about ikea hacks most is you can create a custom piece of furniture for a fraction of the price, and the same goes with the kitchen. Why pay 1000´s for those little add-ons in a designer kitchen, when you can create your own. From storage solutions to kitchen islands all can be easily created from basic ikea items at a fraction of the cost. I have searched the web high and low to bring you the best hacks around and I hope you will like them as much as I did. Maybe you want to create some fun decor, or perhaps a more inviting space in your kitchen, then these hacks are for you! If you have an Ikea kitchen hack, send us a photo we would love to see!
Breakfast bar solution
This ikea hack has taken the Kallax 8 shelf unit (69.99) and simply attached 8 of the billy shelves ($15) to the top. The unit makes a perfect breakfast bar in the space between the kitchen and lounge. The Vittsjo styled unit and abundant plants really finish off the look.
This is such a soul warming look with the warm tones of wood used in the back wall and floor and to top it of the table folds away to create extra room when not in use and hide all the cupboard gadgets. This look consists of the IVAR foldable table unit ($199)
Upgrade existing pieces in your kitchen
I also love the industrial towel rail they have added to the side.
Here is another take on the kitchen cart, it definitely looks more expensive than it was.
Solutions for small kitchens
This rolling island is the perfect solution for adding more counter space and providing a neat little breakfast bar at the same time. Its basically a Kallax unit (39.99) with the storage compartments and the bottom taken out. Some nice little casters have been added and the look finished off with the popping yellow stools.
Check out this breakfast bar with a view! This hack has taken a floating lack shelf (19.99) and attached it to the wall using the Ekby Valter wall brakets ($5), the look has been finished off with the Skogsta stools ($24.99)
For the larger kitchen this Ikea kitchen island hack takes a hemnes dresser ($249) adding a karlby countertop ($189), attching them with the Ekby bracktes ($5), the resulting island looks high end and provides ample storage.
The Kitchen Island Hack
Many pieces of the ikea furniture provides a low cost alternative to the kitchen island as seen in the following. For the larger kitchen this Ikea kitchen island hack takes a hemnes dresser ($249) adding a karlby countertop ($189), attching them with the Ekby bracktes ($5), the resulting island looks high end and provides ample storage.
Another take, providing modern crisp lines using the Malm draws ($89each)
A DIY Dining Booth
Turn an ordinary dining room in to a dining booth with the following hack. Here a stunning dining booth has been made with two Ikea Kallax bookshelves for the bases. Its covered with 4’x6′ plywood with batting and fabric using a staple gun for the backs, covered plywood in the same way to fit the benches. The cubbies below are great for storage.
If you have extra wall space or need to find extra storage solutions these Knagglig crates ($5.99) are definitely something to consider. In the example below the backs of them have been painted to match the splash back. It gives a modern funky look to the kitchen and can be replicated for under $20 including the paint.
The next idea is not so much a hack, more of a re-purposing a product selection. We have all see the versatile Stuva cupboard selections. Below has taken one long cupboard base selection ($69.99), two short pairs of doors ($24.99×2) and used the wire baskets for the food storage ($6 each). This not only allows more used of space than cupboards with the draw layout, the wire baskets are perfect for air circulation keeping the food fresher for longer, plus you can see exactly what you have in the pantry.
Source: Marie and Aaron from Sydney
Raising the cupboards and adding a shelf
This is a kitchen hack that can lift just about any kitchen, not only opening up the space but adding extra vital storage.
For those who do not like kitchen cupboards in the top half of their kitchen and prefer shelves, this bathroom rail turned kitchen shelving hack is something to consider. Providing modern shelving options to display neat food store jars. The bonus of this is that hooks can be added underneath to hand useful kitchen utensils. Items used Brogrund ($12.99)
While we are on the subject of open shelves, this bracket hack has taken a $1.50/pair of curtain rod brackets and used them as shelf brackets! Just taken the top of with an angle grinder and the resulting look matches the wooden shelves perfectly.
Chopping boards turned trendy wall clock is the next hack. Taking the simple chopping board ($4.99) adding a clock motor turns the chopping board in to an elegant clock.
Low Cost Kitchen Sideboard
The Ikea Kallax is so vesitile. This following hack takes the 4 draw unit (39.99), attached brushed chrome legs and the Elvarli bamboo shelf, 31 1/2×20 1/8″ ($35.00) and created this look for under $100. If you have ever been left wondering where to put the microwave this could be a great solution.
This FÖRHÖJA kitchen cart ($109) gets a whole new life as a sideboard with a charming blue and black colour scheme.
Amazing storage solutions you need in your kitchen
This oh so simple hack has taken the Sunnersta rail ($1.99) and containers ($0.99) and tailored them to fit under the kitchen sink, providing perfect storage and easy reachable solution for the dishwasher and washing tablets.
Those file holders can also get a new life in the kitchen, why not use them to store water bottles, glad wrap and tinfoil. There is such wasted space behind the cupboard door under the sink, its smart to make use of it and get organized.
Oh So Charming Coffee Station
The Fintorp black rail ($7) makes the perfect cup holders for a coffee station.
Source: A Farmhouse Reborn
I hope I have inspired you to find the perfect hack to make your kitchen the heart and soul of the house.