99 + 9 Amazing IKEA Hacks for Your Home

Everyday, I’m amazed by the creativity and sheer ability of the DIY and upcycle community. I’ve seen people transform old, aging furniture — what you might call “fixers”—into refreshed, stylish reincarnations that any household would envy!

First, here are a few of my favorite places to find great starter furniture as well as decor that has already been rehabbed and made into things that make you go, “wow!” You’re sure to find IKEA and other brands of furniture that is ripe for the picking! (Some tips on shopping like a pro…)

Resources for finding stylish second hand & vintage furniture, and places where you can start your junkin’:

Despite it’s reputation, IKEA is a very popular source for “bones” when it comes to upcycling and creating amazing custom furniture!

Given the popularity of IKEA as a base/bones for DIY and upcycling projects, and the vast number of web sites showing how you can turn cheap IKEA particle board into gold (Midas Touch not required!), I’ve pulled 99+ IKEA Hacks into this list!

(Note: if you’re unable to find a particular IKEA model that’s referenced, you can likely Google an alternative solution to arrive at the same results!)

Without further ado, let’s see how creative people can get…!


99 Amazing IKEA Hacks

1. BESTA Hidden Office/Dining Bench

2. Marbled INGO Dining Table

3. NORDEN Bar Cart Envy

4. Hideaway Dining Table Using IKEA Mirror

5. EXPEDIT/LEKMAN/LINNMON Custom Kitchen Countertop & Storage

6. FYNDIG Side Table Mini Bar

7. “GRAPHIQUES” FROSTA Chair

8. BESTA Bench Seat Dining Area

9. TARVA Cabinet Turned Drink Bar

10. Home Bar from BILLY Bookcases

11. Barn Board Table Set

12. Kitchen Island Turned Custom Bar

13. LERBERG Kitchen Storage & Mini Breakfast Bar

14. BESTA Wine Rack

15. Update a RAST Dresser with Paint and Legs

16. PAGEL Countertop and Legs to Easy Balcony Bar

17. EXPEDIT Home Bar with Lights & Texture

18. LACK Table Custom Ceiling Sculpture

19. LINNMON Bar with iPad Mini Inset

20. Ikea Bar Cart Hack

21. Stacked LINNMON (x22) Dining Table with Glass Top

22. Upgrade Your Table with a Built in IKEA Potholder

23. EXPEDIT Bar Table

24. EXPEDIT Dining Nook

25. IVAR Buffet Hack

26. BRODER Metal Tabletop

27. EXPEDIT Drop Leaf Table: Texas style

28. MALM Console Becomes a 10 Person Table

29. Industrial Dining Table from a Simple IKEA Table

30. Use Old Books to Upgrade Your IKEA Tabletop

31. EXPEDIT Kitchen & Bar

32. T Kitchen Island/Dining Table

33. Breakfast Bar & Home Office Desk

34. Bar Cabinet from Wall Cabinets

35. Luxury Dining Seat

36. JOKKMOKK Table from Basic to Mid-Century Modern Beauty

37. JOKKMOKK Table transformed into Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Table, inspired by Pottery Barn’s Camden Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table

38. Easy DIY Pendant Lamp

39. BILLY Bookshelves into Living Room Library Wall

40. BESTA Shelf Unit to Floating Wall Credenza

41. VITTSJO Laptop Table to Unique Bar Cart

42. Laddered Bathroom Organizer

43. From Upright EXPEDIT to Mid Century Modern Sideboard

44. Add Wallpaper to Your Inexpensive IKEA BEKVAM Stool

45. Use STIKWOOD to Give Your MALM Bed the Rustic Touch

46. Turn Your Hamper into a Side Table

47. DIY Rope Mirror Inspired by Restoration Hardware’s Iron & Rope Mirror

48. EXPEDIT/KALLAX DIY Banquette Seat

49. Convert KARLSTAD Sofa to Tufted Beauty a la Crate & Barrel Petrie Sofa, Save $1000

50. Turn Your Kids’ KURA Reversible Bed into an Amazing Playhouse

51. Turn Your Snazzy UNG DRILL MIRROR into a Stylish Corkboard

52. Make Your IKEA LACK Coffee Table into a Mid Century Modern Beauty

53. LACK Table to Rustic Reclaimed Side Tables

54. Age Your MOPPE drawers from IKEA With Grace

55. Turn Your Favorite Piece of Timber into an IKEA Log Slice Table

56. Put Your Pride on Display with a Painted TARVA Dresser

57. Create a Spinning Side Table with IKEA File Folders

58. Get Handy and Give Your IKEA Lamp an Industrial Upgrade

59. Turn Your RAST Table into a West Elm Stria Knock Off

60. IKEA BILLY Bookshelves into a Beautiful Kitchen Island

61. VITTSJO Table into a Cocktail Ottoman

62. Use Clamp Lights to Create Geometric Wall Sconces

63. Turn Two IKEA Tables into a Beautiful Farmhouse Table

64. Create a Bike Rack from IKEA Scraps

65. EXPEDIT Shelf to Beautiful Side Table

66. EXPEDIT Shelves to Rustic Apothecary

67. KALLAX Shelves to Bar Cart

68. Gold Leaf Your VIKA GRUVAN IKEA Desk

69. Create a Beautiful Table Using IKEA Sawhorses and a Reclaimed Door

70. Golden ALFRED Barstools

71. Golden PATRIK Swivel Chair

72. LAMPLIG Cutting Boards to Hi-Fi Rack

73. Glam Your LACK Table

74. From IKEA Shelves to Pottery Barn Console (Apothecary v.2)

75. IKEA MALM Upholstered Headboard Hack

76. TARVA Dresser Ice Chest for Hot Summer Days

77. Update Your Unfinished Dresser with Stain & Stencil

78. Upgrade Your Unfinished Dresser with Paint, Fabric, and Pulls

79. Turn Your LACK Table into Beautiful Ottomans

80. From LACK Table to Chic Desk

81. From BEKVAM Kitchen Trolley to Bathroom Vanity

82. Board and Bookshelf Holders Become a Rope Bridge Bookshelf

83. Make a Beautiful Concrete Top MELLTORP Table

84. Copper, Barn Ready OTTAVA Pendant Lights

85. Leather and Brass IKEA RAST Hack

86. Create a Spa Bath Mat Using IKEA Outdoor Decking

87. Patchwork Dresser: A West Elm-Inspired IKEA Hack

88. Rustic Bar with Galvanized Metal Top

89. Spruce Up the LATT Table With a World Map

90. Give an IKEA Changing Table a Colorful Upgrade

91. Add a Chalkboard Top to the LACK Side Table.

92. Make a Lego Top LACK

93. Make the Lego Table of Your Kids’ Dreams

94. Make Your Own Light-up Table

95. Turn the Iconic STRANDMON Chair into a Rocker

96. Update Your Old Dresser with Masking Tape and White Paint

97. Make Over a HEMNES Dresser for Your Beautiful Nursery

98. Turn a BESTA Wall Cabinet with Doors into a Reclaimed Wood Buffet

99. TARVA Dresser Hack, Inspired by Room & Board’s Delano Dresser

And… as a BONUS (because I had one extra example)! ;)

Check out The Haute Blogger’s DIY IKEA Bar Cart for Under $50!


Now that you’ve gotten your fill of specific examples, here are 9 resources where you can find the above tips and other ideas for taking your IKEA furniture to the next level!

  1. IKEA Hackers
  2. PANYL makes flexible, self-adhesive vinyl film that is pre-cut to the dimensions of specific IKEA furniture models. What an amazingly simple way to give your standard IKEA furniture a beautiful look!
  3. Mommo Design has done a nice job of curating the cutest, most functional IKEA hacks for kids rooms.
  4. 16 Ingenious IKEA Hacks by Bob Vila
  5. 30 Genius IKEA BILLY Hacks for Your Inspiration by Idea Stand
  6. 33 IKEA Hacks for Smarter Exploitation of Furniture by Homesthetics
  7. 60+ Crafty Ikea Hacks To Save Time & Money by Cute DIY Projects
  8. 31 Brilliant Ikea Hacks Every Parent Should Know by BuzzFeed
  9. 101 Epic IKEA Hacks by Momtastic

As much as folks love to loathe IKEA for it’s wobbling tables and peeling veneers, we can’t seem to get enough of them! The cheap furniture, inexpensive decor, and wide variety of items you can buy on the cheap, keep us coming back for more time and time again.

If you’ve got an IKEA Hack that’s not listed above, I’d love to hear about it! Either leave me a comment or @ mention me in a post!