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The 16 Best IKEA Furniture Hacks You’ll Want to DIY Immediately

Cheap IKEA pieces make a good base, but a few updates make them look like they're from an expensive boutique.

01-amazing-ikea-hacks-girly-girlCourtesy VintageRevivals

Girly girl

A small, unfinished IKEA dresser transforms into a chic, girly nightstand you’ll be proud to stash your bedtime reading in. Brass details elevate the sweet ballet slipper pink, proving you don’t need to keep pastels to kids’ rooms. Head over to Vintage Revivals for step-by-step directions.

02-amazing-ikea-hacks-modern-and-brightCourtesy Kristin Cadwallader, Bliss at Home

Modern and bright

A geometric pattern paired with a fresh, bright yellow turns this dresser worthy of a mid-century modern living room. Plus, the wooden peg legs take it up a notch—literally. Find out how to recreate your own from Bliss at Home.

03-amazing-ikea-hacks-clean-and-modernCourtesy Mina, IKEAhackers.net

Clean and modern

Who knew an unfinished dresser could look this chic? Stain lets you match the wood to your décor, and a coat of paint gives a contemporary spin. Visit IKEA Hackers for the instructions.

04-amazing-ikea-hacks-sleeping-beautyCourtesy Redfin.com

Sleeping beauty

Plain white can be ho-hum, but this simple update takes an IKEA headboard to the next level. Bright green adds a much-needed pop of color, and a brass-colored overlay gives it a modern touch. Check out the full instructions from Redfin.

05-amazing-ikea-hacks-squared-awayCourtesy Kristi Murphy

Squared away

Contact paper and spray paint are all you need to take this modern side table up a notch. This fun update pairs a marble pattern with a sleek copper finish, but Kristi Murphy also shows three more versions. Check out her blog post to learn more.

06-amazing-ikea-hacks-work-itCourtesy Diane Henkler

Work it

Ambitious DIYers can transform a simple dresser into an adorable desk. Decked out with a faux card catalogue, polka dot lining, and easy-to-roll wheels, this workspace is trés chic. Visit In My Own Style for the step-to-step instructions.

07-amazing-ikea-hacks-sitting-prettyCourtesy The Key Item

Sitting pretty

Faux fur takes a plastic chair from boring and cold to cozy and inviting. Use this blogger’s hack to update your office chair, or tuck it in a reading nook to hunker down with a new book. Check out The Key Item to learn more.

08-amazing-ikea-hacks-window-seatCourtesy Mommy Vignettes

Window seat

Turn a bookshelf on its side and you get a seat-high platform just begging to be transformed into a window bench. Best of all, the adorable cushion on top doesn’t even require sewing. Learn how to recreate the look from Mommy Vignettes. Try this other IKEA hack for a convenient mudroom bench.

09-amazing-ikea-hacks-coffee-tableCourtesy Kirsten Stoddard for Triple Max Tons

Coffee table transformation

New legs give this IKEA coffee table new life. The white and wood combo gives a modern update, and the blog suggests adding a mirror on top to punch it up even more. Learn more from Triple Maxtons. For a mid-century modern console, try this other IKEA furniture hack.

10-amazing-ikea-hacks-work-with-itCourtesy Pretty Providence

Work with it

Rest a legless desk top from IKEA on small basic shelves for a makeshift desk that doesn’t require hammers and drills. As a bonus, the shelves propping up your workspace give you extra storage for files and books. Learn more about this hack from Pretty Providence.

11-amazing-ikea-hacks-living-for-linenCourtesy Centsationalgirl

Living for linen

Blue burlap gives unique texture and a pop of color to an otherwise plain dresser, and silver ring pulls elevate typical knobs. Visit Centsational Girl to get the full instructions.

12-amazing-ikea-hacks-whats-cookingCourtesy Oliver and Rust or Meaghan Gizuk

What’s cooking?

IKEA kitchen carts are great for function, but won’t always mix with the décor in a modern kitchen. A marble top, coat of dark paint, and mixed-metal rod make this an expensive-looking revamp. Head over to Oliver and Rust to for the directions.

13-amazing-ikea-hacks-workspace-updateCourtesy Landeeseelandeedo

Workspace update

Three different IKEA parts—a table top, shelf unit, and table legs—come together easily to create a workspace perfect for crafting. To learn how to recreate it, visit Landeelu. Also try this other creative idea for storage in your craft room.

14-amazing-ikea-hacks-great-gradientCourtesy Clare Nicolson www.fulltimefiesta.com

Great gradient

Ombré paint puts a fun, retro twist on an otherwise plain set of drawers. Go for shades of orange like the one pictured here, or recreate the look with your own favorite color. Head over to Full Time Fiesta for the directions.

15-amazing-ikea-hacks-great-heightsCourtesy Hommieuk.blogspot

Great heights

Give a small IKEA side table a boost by adding length to the legs. Contact paper overtop helps hide the seams and create visual interest. Check out the full instructions from Hommie.

16-amazing-ikea-hacks-pattern-onCourtesy Shonee from Hawthorne and Main

Pattern on

Not into coating your entire dresser with paint? Keep the unfinished wood base, and paint on a simple pattern for a low-budget, high-impact renovation. Check out the step-by-step instructions at Hawthorne and Main.

Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.