I love DIY IKEA hacks and upgrades that transform basic, inexpensive pieces from basic to fabulous showstoppers.
I've tackled a few IKEA hacks myself. Seven years ago, we transformed basic IKEA bookshelves and dressers to create much-needed storage in our twin girls' room. It's amazing what a little paint and imagination can do. You can see the full tutorial here.
We love this project and it was perfect for a long time! But recently we were in the mood to change these up a bit, and I was especially tired of the cardboard backing that usually comes with IKEA pieces like this. So we made an impressive upgrade by adding real wood to the back of the shelving units. See the full tutorial here. We also gave them each a bright coat of beautiful pink paint, and you can get my step-by-step guide to painting IKEA furniture here.
I also created an expensive looking desk on a tiny budget using IKEA pieces. You can check out the details of my IKEA desk hack here.
But enough about my IKEA hacks! Let's turn our attention to the fabulous 15 DIY IKEA hacks from others that I have rounded up for you. They are AH-MAZING!
Oh, and if you love a high-end look but don't have a huge budget, be sure to grab my free guide about where to shop for a designer look on a small budget.
15+ DIY IKEA Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind
Our first project is an amazing IKEA Kitchen Cabinet hack from Jen at Made By Girl. She created this gorgeous Floating Sideboard using basic kitchen cabinets, inexpensive (but gorgeous) hardware and an affordable wood top. I am in love with this look! See all the details here.
And here’s another beautiful kitchen cabinet hack – IKEA Cabinets Turned Rustic Buffet from Aniko at Place of My Taste. Can you believe this stunning reclaimed wood buffet she created from such humble beginnings? Best of all, this is a doable project for beginning DIYers. See the full tutorial here.
Up next is another IKEA table hack where your basic IKEA Ingo table becomes a high-end farmhouse dining table.
The farmhouse look is SO HOT right now, but it usually comes with a hefty price tag. Monica over at East Coast Creative Blog wanted a farmhouse table but didn’t want to stomach the cost. So she made one on a budget starting with the $69 table and some inexpensive pine boards. In the end she spent less than $200 for this beauty. You can check out the full tutorial here.
I’m really proud of my high-end IKEA Lack Table Hack with reclaimed wood. I recently gave a designer look to a $59 IKEA Lack sofa table using paint and reclaimed wood. We had used it for 3 years in it’s original form and it held up well – I was just getting bored with how blah it was. I was inspired by a $900 bookcase, but this project cost a total of only $157 and was EASY to make. Check out the full tutorial here.
I am lusting after this next project: an IKEA shelf hack turning a basic boring VITTSJO unit into a major showstopper! For less than $100 Catherine at Gilded Maven created this glamorous and chic shelving unit. I want one! Check out all the details here.
This brilliant IKEA Billy Bookshelf Hack is another great shelf project! Laura at The Makerista created one of the most gorgeous library walls I have ever seen using super affordable Billy Bookshelves (we have probably all owned one or more of these units at one time or another in our lives!) GENIUS! Check out the tutorial here.
Our next project features more amazing built-ins! I am going to have to try a project like this someday! Laura over at Avery Street Design created these GORGEOUS built-ins from IKEA Borgsjo bookcases. Ummm, I am speechless. They look so high end! Check out the tutorial here.
Prepared to be stunned by even MORE great DIY IKEA hacks using basic furniture pieces like cubbies and drawers!
How cool are these upgraded IKEA cubbies? Corey over at Sawdust to Stitches is a genius when it comes to IKEA furniture transformations. She designed an unbelievable IKEA storage hack by upgrading basic cubbies into this beautiful apothecary style chest. Check out the full tutorial here.
Next up are a couple of wonderful IKEA Rast hacks. The boring Rast dresser is just begging to be redone and these two projects do a great job!
This plain dresser was just that – plain, boring, BASIC. Mandy from Vintage Revivals turned your basic IKEA Rast dresser into a stunning campaign piece with just a few simple-to-follow steps. You can check out the full tutorial here.
Here's some genius desk storage! Almost everyone I know could use more storage. Stacey at Addison Meadows Lane came up with the idea to use an IKEA Rast dresser as one of the legs for her desk. Two birds, one stone. So smart and pretty! Check out the full tutorial here.
I can’t get enough of this gorgeous IKEA bench hack that Bethany at Dwellings by Davore created using a basic and boring IKEA TV unit that she found in the “as-is” area. (You seriously cannot beat that section.) Her new bench is so glam! Check out the full tutorial here.
These last few DIY IKEA hacks are SO creative, but so simple too!
First up is this IKEA chair hack. The brilliant minds at Money Saving Sisters took a boring chair and transformed it into a piece of luxury office seating perfection. This gorgeous desk chair upgrade is totally blowing my mind. See the full tutorial here.
Did you know that you can upgrade basic IKEA pieces with new fronts? I had no idea that you could purchase more “upscale” drawer and door fronts for your IKEA cabinets and some furniture pieces. Well, you can. So you can accomplish epic DIY furniture hacks without even having a ton of DIY skills. Learn more about what you can buy from Superfront here. (I am NOT getting paid in any way shape or form to tell you about this company–I just think it's amazing.)
This DIY Industrial Sconce project is so impressive. Anu over at Nalle's house is a woman after my own heart. I have these same cage lights above the island in our kitchen, but I used them as pendant lights (their intended purpose). Anu got super creative and used a simple IKEA wall bracket to create these industrial cage lights sconces. LOVE them. See the full tutorial here.
Are you feeling inspired to tackle your own DIY IKEA hacks yet? If not, be sure to check out my other IKEA hacks posts below. And don't forget to grab my free guide on where to shop for a designer look on a budget before you head out!