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10+ People Who Hacked Their Ikea Furniture

It's amazing what certain people can come up with when they look at basic furniture. It really takes a creative mind to be able to transform something plain into a marvelous creative vision. This is exactly what these people did with just ordinary Ikea pieces.

Check out the before and after pictures to see exactly what I mean. If only I could do this.

1. This Beautifying Transformation


Check out how these people transformed a simple Ikea BESTA storage unit from pretty drab to fancy AF. OMG, this looks super chic and pretty.

2. This Simple Armchair Solution

Reddit | Scripto23

This plain Ikea KOARP armchair that went for only $170 got a simple, but labor-intensive, upgrade to now be valued close to $1700. Whoa!

3. This Adorable Kitchen Upgrade

Reddit | u/rach2310

If you can believe it, this isn't an actual kitchen. It's an upcycled Ikea toy kitchen that's now ready for a toddler's Christmas present. Impressive.

4. This Marble Table Makeover

Reddit | rebeccastonephoto

OMG, I've always wanted a marble table. This plastic DOCKSTA table got turned into this beauty using spray paint, table epoxy, and a blow torch.

5. This Dining Room Set

Reddit | LindaDinner

This JOKKMOKK Dining set got a bit of a facelift with enchanted DecoArt paint and Minwax wood stain in Jacobean. That's a great look.

6. This Bed Frame

Reddit | jmicho123

This person wanted to give their Ikea MALM bed frame a country-style makeover. So they glued wood pieces to the boards and then painted them.

7. This Animal Habitat

Reddit | missuslindy

This BILLY bookcase got turned on its side. Then, it got capita legs underneath and an observator brace on the back to become this awesome animal habitat.

8. This Room Separator Idea

Imgur | juno1331

Somebody actually had a brilliant idea of turning their Ikea BILLY bookcase into a room separator. Now they have a living room and a bedroom.

9. This Baby Changing Station Remodel

Reddit | DrSmus

If you're especially crafty, this baby changing station remodel using an Ikea MALM dresser should be a piece of cake.

10. This Chest Makeover

Reddit | christieevee

This super cool vintage chest makeover was inspired by a West Elm dresser which retails for $1000. This version cost around $179 plus the stain cost. Nice.

11. This Stand-Up Desk Hack

Reddit | koibyto

Wow, somebody turned their Ikea BEKVÄM utility step into a stand-up desk using BJÄRNUM folding hooks. That's such a fun and creative idea. Isn't it?

12. This Rad Entertainment Unit

Reddit | u/OriginalSiri

This multipurpose entertainment unit was created using various Ikea KALLAX shelving units. All for the low cost of $680 and a day's worth of time. Awesome.

13. Can I Get An Upgrade?

Instagram | @louandhan

This one is a small upgrade, but it packs a big punch.

It's amazing what a little paint job does to spruce something up!

14. Hidden Compartments

Reddit | Brothengar

This creative individual transformed the FRITIDS toy storage bench into a kitty litter compartment.

When guests are over, they don't have to see it!

15. Built-In Terrarium

Reddit | iris201196

This one requires a bit of work, but it's so pretty and adds an easy pop of freshness to the LACK table.

16. Hold My Lightsaber

Reddit | mullexwing

You could use the VARIERA plastic bag dispenser for lightsabers, or umbrellas. Whichever, it's a great organization hack!

17. DIY Royalty

Instagram | @lomenar

From RAST dresser to absolutely RAD dresser.

This DIY requires a bit of work, but the end result is so regal.

18. Coffee Table, Who?

Instagram | @le.maison.de.vine

Goodbye VITSJO coffee table and hello luxe bench!

This looks like something you would find at West Elm or Pottery Barn!

Love it.

19. Makeup Brush Holders

Ikea | Instagram

IKEA's SUNNERSTA containers are great for kitchen utensils, but also for keeping your makeup brush collection nice and tidy, and within reach.

20. Just A Little Paint

Instagram | @lsmithy1988

Sometimes all you need is a little paint to wake up your furniture.

This one adds a nice depth and "hygge" feeling.

21. This Pretty Step Stool

Instagram | @emilycharlotte21

The BEKVÄM is great on its own, but a little staining action and stamped design really takes it up a few notches.

22. This Wild Upcycle

Reddit | designtraveler

This person converted a small BILLY bookshelf into a rat cage.

My mind is blown.

23. This Dresser Upgrade

Reddit | alyssatriesart

Looks like this Ikea KALLAX inserts dresser got quite the transformation. I absolutely love how it looks so modern and fancy here with the white paint.

Honestly, looking at these creative furniture projects makes me wish I was more handy.

But I gotta leave this type of work to my handyman dad, I'm afraid.