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Ikea hacks for everyday items

May 10, 2021

Do you dread the thought of having the same accessories as everyone else but don’t have the budget to buy high end? If this rings bells, you can achieve a very upscale look with a trip to Ikea and a few ‘hacks’ that are cropping up across the internet.

Do you have grand furniture designs but a more modest budget? Do you dread the thought of having the same accessories as everyone else but don’t have the budget to buy high end? If this rings bells, you can achieve a very upscale look with a trip to Ikea and a few ‘hacks’ that are cropping up across the internet.

Furniture and accessory hacks are when you take a run-of-the-mill, boring or cheap item (you could turn to Argos or even a second hand furniture store instead of Ikea) and transform its aesthetic with a few bargain adaptations.

Types of hacks:

Hacks can be as quick and simple as painting a vase, or can involve a little more DIY skill for a total makeover. Here are the most common ways to change the look of an Ikea item:-

  • Repainting items to customise and match your interior design
  • Applying self-adhesive decorative film to a glass surface or panel
  • Adding skirting board and coving so a freestanding item looks built in
  • Removing, adding or changing doors
  • Replacing handles and legs
  • Adding mouldings, dowling or batons to a plain surface to add texture
  • Cutting out parts of doors and draw fronts and replacing with a different material
  • Wrapping items in raffia, string or rope to create a new look

If you like the hack idea but are not sure where to start, here’s our advice:-

Search Instagram: there are over 500,000 posts on this social media channel detailing Ikea hacks – simply search #ikeahack or #ikeahacks. The results are a combination of ‘reels’ – short step-by-step videos of how to undertake the hacks – and ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. You can also follow these search terms so your feed will always be full of novel ideas that are illustrated with photos and tutorials.

Visit YouTube: it’s a similar story on YouTube, where the search term ‘Ikea hacks’ produces thousands of results. The videos posted here are generally longer and more detailed than those on Instagram, making them the ideal choice for complete novices. Lone Fox and Liz Fenwick DIY both have some great suggestions for making everyday Ikea items look more bespoke than you thought possible.

Head to Etsy: there are multiple kits sold via this online retailer that make it super-easy to upscale Ikea furniture. The kits stocked on Etsy are sold for a particular item – including Malm, Besta, Ivar and Kallax – and the adaptations include vinyl self-adhesive decals and fretwork panels that can be glued on. Search Stickers Coloray, HomeArtStickers and TheUpScaleCollection for some stunning examples. 

Follow the interior magazines: even the stalwarts of home interior design have jumped on the Ikea hack bandwagon, and have gathered multiple ideas together in one place. There are 25 adaptations to try thanks to this Ideal Home feature and another 37 courtesy of House Beautiful. House & Garden has taken a different approach, offering a list of partner companies that will upgrade Ikea items on your behalf. 

Trawl the internet: you’ll find a myriad of sources just by typing ‘Ikea hacks’ into Google’s search bar. We like the advice and ideas from Houzz, the 30 hacks from Airtasker and the millions of photos posted to Pinterest

If you have success with an Ikea hack but feel your furniture would look better in a new home, contact us for a list of available properties.

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