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18 IKEA Hacks That Seriously Impressed Us

Did you know that IKEA has been a staple for over 80 years? Oh, yeah, and its popularity isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The Swedish furniture maker is known for its reasonably priced items that you can assemble by yourself in the comfort of your home.

There are even hacks devoted to putting together IKEA pieces, and that's what I'm about to show you right now. The following are just a few examples of people who hacked IKEA furniture to make something truly spectacular.

This Under-The-Stairs Nook

under the stair nook created with IKEA furniture pieces
reddit | R0B5000

"This was a pain in the ass but well worth the effort. SEKTION + GRIMSLOV, SALJAN top, BILLY bookcase hack."

You don't say? Ha, ha! But as this person said, it was definitely worth it. It looks absolutely amazing to me. What do you think of this under-the-stairs nook now?

This Craft Space

before and after of closet turned into a craft space
reddit | cbender410

If you have a spare closet you're not sure what to do with, I have an awesome idea for you. This person here turned their closet space into the coolest craft corner. Would you take a look at this? How incredible is that, huh? Thank you, IKEA.

This Awesome Bench

IKEA PAX wardrobe cabinets used to make a bench
reddit | MaepleFox

"I moved into a house with lower ceilings so I repurposed my PAX wardrobe cabinets that used to be on the top of my wardrobes into a bench and put two KLEPPSTAD side by side. The PAX cubby is really sturdy and the doors open without damaging the floor."

Will you look at that?

This Dresser Upgrade

IKEA TARVA dresser before and after
reddit | No_Award6714

Who knew that you could use a plain IKEA TARVA dresser to make an awesome kitchen island like this, huh? I had no idea. Not only does it serve a purpose, but it doubles as a storage cabinet too. I love the color of the paint they used here, too.

This Wall Mirror

Wall mirror made with Ikea's LOTS mirror tiles
reddit | clehn8ok

Oh my goodness, how much do you love this full-length mirror here? It's fabulous. Isn't it? Well, you can build something like this yourself. Here's how:

"I used a MDF board as a base. I used a Z-shaped profile on my wall, and on the mirror itself (kind of a french cleat system)."

Impressive, huh?

This Vinyl Record Stand

IKEA KALLAX shelf unit transformed into a vinyl record stand
reddit | thebassics917

Who here collects vinyl records? If you have a stack of those, perhaps it's a good idea to display them in some way. Check out how this person used the IKEA KALLAX shelf unit to make a cool vinyl record stand.

This Greenhouse Cabinet

IKEA RUDSTA glass cabinet turned into a greenhouse
Imgur | Imgur

Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a plant greenhouse that you can keep in your home? Well, it's possible, you know. Check out how this person transformed the IKEA RUDSTA glass door cabinet into a fabulous greenhouse. Something tells me the plants love their new home.

This Disco Lamp

IKEA PS lamp turned into a disco ball
reddit | cesarmunir

First of all, I didn't know that IKEA had this cool PS pendant lamp that looks pretty awesome on its own. However, this person wanted to give it a special touch by turning it into a disco ball. Holy moly! How fun is that?

This Elevated Bookshelf

IKEA HEMNES bookshelf elevated before and after
reddit | dtspmuggle

Get this, this person got quoted $7000 for a custom build of this bookshelf, but they decided to do it themselves instead. They used IKEA'S HEMNES shelf to create something as amazing as this. And the best news is that it cost them less than $1500. Nice!

This Home Office

home office built with IKEA furniture
reddit | Smac3223

If you've ever thought about building a home office using IKEA's furniture pieces, this should be a good inspiration. This person used two ALEX drawers, one EKBACKEN island, and two ADILS legs to make this impressive setup here.

This Bedroom Upgrade

Wall panel made out of Ikea cabinet doors in the bedroom before and after
reddit | Miezo

I love how this person was able to elevate the look of their bedroom using IKEA pieces. To create this wall panel, they used cabinet doors. Can you believe that? It looks like a professional did that. I'm really impressed by this DIY job.

This Customized Cabinet

Customised Billy bookcase TV wall before and after
reddit | chucknorris69

Oh, wow! What do you think about this transformation here? I'm truly amazed how somebody was able to makeover this IKEA BILLY bookcase to create this customized TV wall unit. Don't you love this idea? It's fabulous.

This 'Starry Night' Dresser

Ikea MOPPE mini chest transformed into Starry Night scene
reddit | 360inMotion

How would like like to stare at this all night, huh? Somebody had the ingenuity and creativity to transform this plain IKEA MOPPE dresser into Van Gogh's "Starry Night", and I'm all over this idea. Do you love it, too?

These Window Benches

window bench created with IKEA SEKTION cabinets
reddit | coneybeare

"Window benches with storage made with SEKTION over fridge cabinets, 2x4 base with baseboards, 2x6 appearance boards on top, painted."

I think that looks pretty good. What do you think of that? It's definitely what I would do if I didn't have regular windowsills.

This Amazing Bar

IKEA FJÄLLBO shelf transformed into a home bar
Imgur | Imgur

I've got to tell you I always wanted to create a cool bar in my home. But until now, I didn't know how to do that. Now that I see what this person did to their IKEA FJÄLLBO shelf unit, I'm truly blown away.

This Coffee Table/Cat Bed

cat bed made out of Ikea Kvistbro Table
reddit | mokey-moke

Oh, my goodness. Get a load of that. If you're a pet lover like me, you'll adore this idea. This person used IKEA's KVISTBRO table to make the cutest coffee table which also functions as a cat crate bed. Isn't this the best idea ever? The kitties seem to love it too, hee-hee!

This Hidden Desk

Ikea's IVAR cabinet transformed into a hidden desk
reddit | neezerd

During the pandemic, many people had to work from home, and that might have presented challenges. Where do you find the space to have your office? This genius person figured out a brilliant way to use their IKEA IVAR cabinet to create a hidden desk.

This Impressive Library

home library put together using Ikea furniture pieces
reddit | atari_guy

Wow, check this out. This person used IKEA's BILLY bookcases to create the most impressive home-built library I have ever seen. Here's how they did it:

"I used some scrap wood and connected the tops and bottoms on the sides with screws. I also used brackets on both the bottoms and tops to attach to the walls (studs where I could, but I also ended up using a few drywall anchors)."

Amazing, huh?

Wow, what did I tell you?

A man in a gray suit saying "I'm blown away!"
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If you have the time and the patience, you too can hack IKEA's furniture pieces. I honestly wish I was better at DIY myself. If I could create any of these cool concepts here, I would be so happy and satisfied with them. Which makeover did you like the best?