As far as affordable furniture goes, IKEA has the best selection for pricing. However with the accessibility of their merchandise comes the trouble of house twinning. Oh, you don’t know what house twinning is? Allow us to enlighten you: it’s when you and your friend who lives a 5 hour drive away from you visit each others houses and can point out exactly the name, model and price of each piece of furniture. How does that happen exactly? Because you both freaking shopped at IKEA (like 90% of the rest of North America).
The highly infectious and contagious IKEA disease has plagued the continent at its highest rate this year by far. We have taken it upon ourselves to rid the world of this affliction and to provide a remedy. Not to say that IKEA furniture isn’t durable, stylish and afforable, but who wants their house to twin someone else’s? Don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to convince everyone that IKEA should be avoided, but there are creative ways of incorporating their furniture into your house without looking like you photocopied their catalogue (or your neighbor’s home).
2 Is Better Than 1
Ikea’s got some pretty cute rugs and chair throws. Our favorite is their TEJN faux sheepskin rug that runs for a measly $9.99. Unfortunately for its price, the rug itself is much to small to amount to anything. A simple hack to make this cheap rug look much better for your home? Try sewing two of them together! You can bet your bottom dollar that the next time we’re at IKEA we’ll be reaching for two of these beauties to DIY.
Dream Bed/Play Structure
If you were one of those kids who ever dreamed about having a bunk bed (but obvs your parents said no), then this bed is going to be a dream come true for you. Okay, so there isn’t exactly a second bed, but you get a slide, pulley and secret compartment all in one! What more could you ask for? It’s going to require quite a bit of construction, but the end product is worth it. Heck, even as an adult I want one! Except I’d line the secret room with pillows all over the floor and snuggle up with a movie on my laptop and a glass of sangria.
Keep Your Veggies Within Reach
Instead of carrying your laundry, why not carry some veggies and fruits? Free up your counter top space with this neat little hack that allows you to hang your food from the bottom of a shelf! By attaching them to the clothes hooks, you can easily wash the baskets whenever they become dirty. A quick hack that we suggest? Add a small piece of chalkboard contact paper onto your baskets so that you can label them!
Upside Down Lighting
The skies the limit when it comes to interior decorating. Don’t use furniture just the way that it’s meant to be used. We loved the innovation that went into placing the FORSA work lamp upside down to create a bed lamp that’s perfect for reading.
Space Saver Captain Bed
If you live in a tight space and air is a high commodity, then a captain bed may be in your best interest. Everyone loves having a massive bed to roll around in, but with the space above them getting wasted, why not try creating some storage underneath? However buying a captain bed outright can be a little expensive, so put together your own with a couple of shelves and dressers. All you’ll need to finish the bed is a solid set of wooden slats (we don’t want to fall into the middle while we’re sleeping) an a comfy mattress. If the bed is to high, you can turn one of the shelving units into a little pull out staircase to help you up and down!
DIY Wine Rack
For those wine guzzlers out there, it’ difficult trying to purchase a large enough wine storage unit without looking like you have an addiction. Afterall, most wine closests are often found in restaurants or in wine cellars right? Don’t most people only have a couple of bottles lying around there house that a 12 bottle rack could handle? Wrong. If you love wine, you’re going to collect it and you’re going to want t show it off.
Kate Spade-ify Your Home
We’re all for DIY and making your living space more livable. Which is exactly what makes the Kate Spade aesthetic so attractive. Give your house a little Kate Spade loving by adding gold to anything that you can touch. Okay, maybe lay off the King Midas’ touch and don’t literall set off a gold bomb in your home. Start with the little stuff, like spray painting your shelf brackets! May we suggest goldifying the ones that come with the EKBY HEMNES/EKBY STILIG shelving unit? This simple hack will make any of your IKEA furniture look like you picked it up from a high-end boutique without having to sell your first born.
Marble-ize Your Basic Table Top
As basic as IKEA goes, you can’t get any simpler than a $12.99 LACK side table. Although it’s simplicity makes it easy to decorate any home, it lacks personality (pun intended). Spruce up your table top with a little bit of contact paper (your pattern of choice but we’re loving an elegant marble pattern) for cheap to give your room a new look!
Turn a Laptop Desk into a Chic Bar Cart
If you’re not a wine drinker then maybe a cute bar cart might be a little more up your alley. Modify a basic computer desk by spray painting the frame a different but cute color (uhm hello gold) and then adding some caster wheels onto the bottom for versatility. May we also suggest some marble contact paper for the small shelf underneath the glass? Hey, what can we say, we’re obssessed with marblizing everything!
Leather Hanging Wall Clock
Perhaps the easiest IKEA hack of all time is to attach a couple of leather belts around a wall clock to make some Restoration Hardware worthy decor. Just make sure tht you have a nail sturdy enough to balance the entire clock off of a single strap of leather and you’re good to go!
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