Getting lost in IKEA for several hours on a Saturday is my idea of a day well spent. I always seem to find something I could use in my apartment, and with such low prices its almost impossible to leave the place without some candles, a few floating shelves, and new bedroom dresser. One of the best things bout IKEA furniture is how cheap it is. Common people, where else can you get a TV bench for under $100? But just because you’re decorating your house on a budget doesn’t mean you cant turn your cheap IKEA furniture into expensive looking pieces. Simple touches like spray painting the legs on your IKEA dining chair gold will completely transform your dining room. I’ve rounded up the best IKEA hacks that will make your house look expensive.
1. TARVA DRESSER HACK
Kicking off the round up is this genius Tarva Dresser hack from Sarah Sherman Samuel. She customized the IKEA dresser for her baby’s nursery and the end result is fantastic. She created a new shape for the legs by cutting them down on an angle, painted the dresser, and added her own brass pulls. This dresser looks like a million bucks and you would never know its actually from IKEA. Take a look at the full DIY tutorial here.
2. FAUX FUR STOOL
Nothing says expensive quite like fur. This faux fur IKEA hack by The Kitchy Kitchen will give you an expensive look without the massive price tag. The best thing about this DIY is that it requires zero sewing and you’ll have a finished product in 30 minuets. See the full tutorial here.
3. CREATIVE IKEA CABINET
I had to do a double take when I saw this IKEA hack from Meera of First Sense Interiors. This genius of a woman turned some IKEA kitchen cabinets into a custom furniture piece that fits her living room alcove like a glove. This hack took a lot of creativity and it totally paid off. See the full tutorial here.
4. IKEA MALM HEADBOARD HACK
This is a simple IKEA hack that anyone can handle. Ashley from Sugar & Cloth turned an inexpensive Malm headboard into a masterpiece that looks like its easily worth $1,000. She took her boring white headboard and applied peel and stick wood over the frame, what a transformation! See the full tutorial here.
5. DIY WOODEN STOOL
How adorable is this little wooden stool made by Caroline of Burkatron? All she did was switch out the seat of her IKEA stool with a slice of wood and now she has the cutest side table/ stool that you would pay hundreds for at a boutique furniture store. This IKEA hack is something anyone can do with a little forest rummaging or internet searching. See the full tutorial here.
6. IKEA KITCHEN CART HACK
Be still my heart! Can you believe that this super chic kitchen cart is actually from IKEA? This has got to be one of my all time favorite hacks. Meghan of Oliver and Rust came up with the idea of customizing this cart so it fits seamlessly into her kitchen design. I LOVE how she added a marble top, it completes the transformation and now the kitchen cart looks like an expensive piece of furniture. If you want to check out the how-to instructions see her full post here.
7. FLOATING SIDEBOARD IKEA HACK
This exact DIY inspired me to install the Besta cabinet in my living room with the same aspirations of cladding the top and sides with my own wood slab. Needless to say I never got around to the customization stage, but I love the way my sideboard looks anyways. Didn’t Karisa do a fantastic job with this IKEA hack? Check out her full post here, you’ll love the before and after photos of her living room. If you’re ready to take your living room from cheap to expensive (without spending big bucks) this tutorial will inspire you.
8. SIMPLE ENTRY TABLE DIY
I love an easy DIY and let me tell you it doesn’t get much easier than a can of spray paint and some gold leaf. Abby of Style Me Pretty Living came up with this genius hack. She took a plain old IKEA desk, spray painted it high gloss black, and gold leafed the leg tips. How freaking easy is that? See guys, customizing your furniture and making it look expensive can be SO SIMPLE. Follow her instructions here to make your own.
I hope these 8 IKEA hacks have inspired you to step up your DIY game. Not every DIY needs to be complicated. Sometimes all you need is a can of paint and a little bit of creativity to transform your IKEA budget furniture into expensive pieces for your home.