13+ Ways To Hack A Cheap Ikea Dresser

Diply 11 Oct 2018

I'm starting to plan out an update to my master bedroom and while I have a massive closet, I've decided that I'd like a small dresser for some extra storage.

It doesn't need to be fancy, but nothing I've found really matches my style or budget. Of course, I should have just gone to Ikea first. Duh.

Ikea is famous for its simple design, but the RAST dresser takes it to a whole new level.

Ikea | Ikea

It's bare wood with basic knobs and totally boring. But, it's also only $35, so I started looking to see how people have customized it.

And boy, were my eyes opened to the possibilities.

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1. Give it a classic white finish.

In Between Chaos | In Between Chaos

In Between Chaos proved that the hack doesn't need to be fancy. A coat of white paint and a stained wooden top makes a huge difference and the glass knobs add a ton of class.

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2. Rustic chic is only a coat of paint away.

Cherished Bliss | Cherished Bliss

I love the gray tone of this version by Cherished Bliss. By leaving the brush strokes and adding a dark wax finish, it has an aged look without being super distressed. I love the centered handles too.

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3. Your workbench doesn't need to be expensive to be beautiful.

Polished Habitat | Polished Habitat

If Polished Habitat hadn't included progress pics for this project, I would never have believed it started with three RAST dressers and a few Ikea tabletops. I'd swear it cost a lot more.

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4. Love mid-century modern? This one's for you.

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

Dream A Little Bigger went two-toned by staining the drawer fronts and painting the frame a bright, clean white.

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The result is totally Mad Men chic.

Dream A Little Bigger | Dream A Little Bigger

They also added a new base to the dresser to complete the white border, and casters make it far easier to move around.

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5. Double-up inside a frame for a high-end look.

Kicsihaz | Kicsihaz

This project from Kicsihaz takes some carpentry skills, but if you have them, it's totally worth the work.

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A pair of RAST dressers are built into a frame to become an expensive-looking piece. 

Kicsihaz | Kicsihaz

I particularly love the extra space at the end for books. It's those sorts of details that really make a piece look luxe.

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6. Use as the base for a bedroom built-in shelving unit.

Ikea Hackers | Mélanie

Built-in units are a great way to add storage to a small space, but they aren't cheap. This project from Ikea Hackers simplified it by starting with a pair of RAST units and some DIY.

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Isn't it beautiful?

Ikea Hackers | Mélanie

It makes the very low ceiling a feature of the cozy space rather than a problem, and the warm wooden top adds a lot of style.

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7. Use wood shims to create a patterned front.

House of Hepworths | House of Hepworths

This is another great version for a rustic home. House of Hepworths used inexpensive wooden shims to add a ton of texture.

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I adore the simple, shiny drawer pulls they chose.

House of Hepworths | House of Hepworths

With so much pattern and texture on the drawer fronts, fancier knobs would look way too busy. These are perfect and add a bit of shine.

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8. Why not give your dog a home of their own?

Our House Now A Home | Our House Now A Home

This project from Our House Now A Home would probably work great for cats, too. They just expanded the bottom to fit a little cushion and the drawers store dog supplies.

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I particularly like the herringbone pattern applied to the drawer fronts.

Our House Now A Home | Our House Now A Home

If you don't have a furry friend in need of a bed, you could totally just save the drawer front idea for your own dresser.

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9. Swap out those boring knobs for leather handles.

Vintage Revivals | Vintage Revivals

How classy is this hack from Vintage Revivals? They just wrapped leather around thick dowels and cut slots into the drawer fronts to attach them.

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10. Combine the RAST with a DRAGET shelf unit for tall kitchen storage.

Ikea Hackers | Christie Sapienza

Kitchens are full of narrow corners that never fit premade cupboard sizes. If you like an open pantry, I love this idea I found on Ikea Hackers.

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11. Make that deep closet more functional.

MyBellaBug | MyBellaBug

My big closet already has a bunch of shelves, otherwise I would totally steal this idea from MyBellaBug. If your closet is deep enough to fit a RAST, totally check it out.

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Their closet is also pretty tall, so they fit shelves on top of two stacked RASTs. 

MyBellaBug | MyBellaBug

Not only is it super practical for a child's closet, I'm obsessed with those bright red knobs.

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12. Always drooled over vintage printer or apothecary cabinets? 

Ikea Hackers | Iness

Then you need to see this hack from Ikea Hackers. Using some narrow wood planks and vintage-style hardware, Iness mimicked the look perfectly.

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A coat of stain completes the look.

Ikea Hackers | Iness

Sure, that's still three deep drawers instead of six shallow ones, but if it's the look you're after rather than the function, this is perfect.

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13. Or maybe you prefer the look of a library card catalog.

ikea Hackers | Chris And Shirley

Again, this Ikea Hackers project only looks like there are now nine drawers, but the results are fabulous.

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14. If industrial is your thing, check this one out.

Serendipity Refined | Serendipity Refined

Serendipity Refined is making me slip right back into my steampunk phase with this. I love the rivets.

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15. RAST units also make a great bases for custom desks.

Addison Meadows Lane | Addison Meadows Lane

It's just the right height and you can use pretty much anything as a top. This project from Addison Meadows Lane added some reclaimed wood to a cheap door.

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Look how beautiful this is!

Addison Meadows Lane | Addison Meadows Lane

The refinished RAST anchors one end of the desk with a pair of legs on the other end, but you could just as easily add a second dresser. A piece of plexiglass covers the top for easy clean-up.

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