Save Time And Money With 15+ Ikea Decor Hacks

Diply 11 Oct 2018

I have an Ikea trip planned for the near future. After the craziness of turning my second bedroom into an art studio, it's time to turn my attention to the master bedroom.

There's already a shopping list of must-haves, but if I'm going to make the 90-minute drive to the closest Ikea, then I may as well look for some other hacks or ideas I can use around the house.

1. Got a finicky houseplant? Give it a lamp of its own.

Ikea Hackers | Ikea Hackers

This project from Ikea Hackers combines the JANSJÖ light with a FASCINERA cutting board to make a decorative planter that looks like it was designed to be that way.

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2. Turn an old hamper into a chic side table.

The Clever Bunny | The Clever Bunny

How incredible is this hack from The Clever Bunny? If you didn't tell me the table started as a clothes hamper, I never would have guessed. Just a coat of paint and a piece of spare wood makes a big difference.

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3. Hang photos with curtain wire.

Red Leaf Style | Red Leaf Style

If you love a gallery wall, but want the flexibility to swap favorite pics in and out, why not try this hack from Red Leaf Style? Just hang a DIGNITET curtain wire on the wall and clip your photos to it.

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4. Turn a VURM wine rack into a compact herb garden.

Curbly | Faith Provencher

Nothing is easier than this hack. Just hang the VURM sideways. That's it. That way, instead of holding bottles on their side, it will hold pots or cups with herbs upright.

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5. Turn a FROSTA stool into a wall planter.

Grillo Designs | Grillo Designs

This project from Grillo Designs is similar to the previous one only in that it's a planter. It's a few more steps, but worth it.

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One FROSTA stool will make two of these planters, with a few extra pieces leftover for another project. 

Grillo Designs | Grillo Designs

The seat of the stool needs to be cut in half and a circular hole cut into it for the pot of your choice. A piece of a leg is used as a base to anchor the planter to the wall.

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6. Make your own adjustable scissor lamp.

Instructables | dr_peru

This project was shared on Instructables by dr_peru and I think I may revisit it when the time comes to add bedside lighting.

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It's an Ikea FRÄCK mirror combined with a standard ball-jointed lamp.

Instructables | dr_peru

You may even be able to find the perfect lamp at Ikea, too. The scissor base allows you to stretch the lamp out over your work and the ball-joint controls the angle.

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7. Use a RAST dresser for the base of a chic desk.

Addison Meadows Lane | Addison Meadows Lane

A three-drawer RAST dresser happens to be the perfect height for a desk, and at $35, that makes it perfect for getting a great workspace for cheap.

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This one from Addison Meadows Lane used a cheap door as the desktop.

Addison Meadows Lane | Addison Meadows Lane

Reclaimed wood and a plexiglass layer makes the desk chic and easy to clean, perfect for a craft room.

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8. Make a book sling with a towel rail and pillow case. 

Grillo Designs | Grillo Designs

The key to this hack from Grillo Designs is the GRUNDTAL drying rack. It has two bars that are the perfect space apart to hold books or magazines.

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No sewing is required for this project, either.

Grillo Designs | Grillo Designs

You just need to pop the seams in the corners of your pillowcase so that the rods can be pulled through and secured.

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9. Hide the litter box inside a HOL storage table.

Instructables | bricobart

There's no such thing as an attractive litter box, but it's a necessity if you have feline residents in your home. I love this solution from bricobart on Instructables.

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The HOL side table is the perfect size, and you just need to cut a kitty-sized hole in one side. 

Instructables | bricobart

The lattice sides mean that there is still airflow and there won't be any problems with smells getting trapped inside.

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10. Easily sort mail with a few KNUFF magazine holders.

Instructables | kazmataz

Kazmataz shared this idea on Instructables and it would be perfect for a busy family. You can sort mail by recipient or by type.

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11. Turn a RAST into a home for pantry veggies. 

Stow And Tell U | Stow And Tell U

This potato and onion storage solution from Stow And Tell U is 1000% pantry goals for me.

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12. Make a cheap bowl look expensive.

My Patch of Blue Sky | My Patch of Blue Sky

Decorative items like bowls can make a space feel personal and finished, but I always balk at spending money on them. However, I'm happy to make them myself.

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You would never guess this bowl from My Patch of Blue Sky started out so plain.

My Patch of Blue Sky | My Patch of Blue Sky

She used a product called Wood Icing to build up the three dimensional texture, but I could see plain wood filler working too.

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13. Turn a paper towel holder into an arts and crafts organizer.

Hometalk | Haysha S.

Haysha S. shared this idea on Hometalk, and while hers was made specifically for crochet thread, I think it would work equally well for washi tape, ribbons, or any other rolled art supplies.

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She painted some dowels to match the paper towel holder. 

Hometalk | Haysha S.

Then she drilled a few holes in the post and glued the dowels in place. It would be really easy to customize by changing the number of dowels or how thick they are.

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14. Help your littlest doggos get up on the couch.

Ikea Hackers | Ikea Hackers

I'm adding a few of these crates to my Ikea list, because this idea from Ikea Hackers is way better than the old stool I currently use to help my dog get up on the bed.

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15. Once again, the RAST dresser is unrecognizable. 

Ikea Hackers | Ikea Hackers

A small dresser is on my shopping list already, but I think this Ikea Hackers project has cinched it for the RAST. Just some stain and boards totally make it look like a vintage printers' cabinet.

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16. You can do the same with a KALLAX shelf too!

Hometalk | 221044

While it looks like a bunch of shallow drawers, this project from Hometalk actually just adds doors to the KALLAX that are made to look like drawer fronts. Genius!

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17. Personalize a plain lazy susan. 

Where The Smiles Have Been | Where The Smiles Have Been

Lazy Susan's are incredibly practical, but they tend to be pretty plain. Not this one from Where The Smiles Have Been, though. A personalized stencil and some rich stain completely transformed the Ikea basic.

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