The 30 Coolest Hacks For All Of Your Favorite IKEA Products

We found the most creative ideas for the retailer's most iconic items (how many do you own?).

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IKEA/In My Own Style

You won't believe how high-end IKEA products can look with a little paint, a few tools, and creativity. These unexpected ideas will make you look at the build-it-yourself furniture in a whole new light—and get you pumped to get your DIY on.

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IKEA
Before: INGO Table

Made of pine, this sturdy table has a plain, sleek design and comes unfinished.

$69, ikea.com

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Courtesy of East Coast Creative Blog
After: Farmhouse Fab

Believe it or not, this gorgeous dining room table was once the simple INGO. You'll have to get out the power tools for this hack, but the stunning result is well worth the effort.

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Wood Stain, $5, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: BEKVAM Step Stool

This IKEA favorite might look like a typical step stool made of solid wood. But in reality, there are so many ways to use this versatile item.

$20, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Mommo Design
After: Play Kitchen

Your kids are going to love playing "let's make dinner" alongside you—and you're going to love how affordable this set up is. It's as simple as painting the steps black, drawing on a stove top, and adding some knobs on the front to get the "burners" going.

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Chalkboard Paint, $12,

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IKEA
Before: VARIERA Plastic Bag Dispenser

To manage all of the grocery bags you plan to reuse, IKEA sells a dispenser that hangs on the wall.

$3, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Interior Candy
After: Neat Wrapping Paper Container

Having a hard time keeping all of your gift wrapping gear organized? Repurposing the plastic bag dispenser into a holder for paper rolls is an easy solution.

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Command Strips, $3, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: FINTORP Rail

Hooks can be attached to this simple rail, which you can use to organize just about anything.

$9, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Polka Dots in the Country
After: Charging Station

To keep electronics from cluttering your counter, you can mount this bar near an outlet along with a basket to hold your gadgets. This blogger even added potted plants for decoration.

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Hanging Basket, $11, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: BORRBY Lantern

For either indoor or outdoor use, this lantern cam hold a large candle inside.

$15, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Thou Swell
After: Modern Terrarium

Potting soil, charcoal, gravel, and plants fill the lantern with an earthy brightness. The result is both decorative and super low maintenance.

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Gravel, $13, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: TARVA Chest

Like most IKEA chests, this simple dresser has endless decorating possibilities.

$179, ikea.com

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Courtesy of In My Own Style
After: Rolling Desk

This transformation requires some serious handy work. By making it fold out, the top drawer becomes the main surface for a desk. This blogger was even crafty enough to add her initials.

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Label Pulls, $30, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: MOSSLANDA Picture Ledge

This skinny shelf may seem like it's only good for displaying pictures, but a little imagination can make this product the most useful item in your home.

$7, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Yasam Stil
After: Bathroom Storage

Nothing's more frustrating than a sink without any storage. But this narrow shelf fits above your faucet and below your mirror so you can add organization for soap, candles, and toothpaste where you need it most.

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IKEA
Before: RASKOG Utility Cart

This rolling, metal cart is a popular a IKEA product because it's useful in literally every room of the house.

$25, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Polka Dot Chair
After: Vanity Station

This clever blogger used the cart to categorize her beauty routine — and even doctored the side with a bin for her hot tools.

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White Paint, $4, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: LACK Side Table

This popular IKEA product can be so much more than a place to put your TV remote.

$14, ikea.com

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IKEA
After: Family Board Games

With a crafty eye and tons of bright paint, the blank table morphs into your favorite classic board games, like backgammon and Monopoly.

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Paint Set, $18, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: RAST 3-Drawer Chest

Made of sturdy pine wood, this dresser is the perfect (and affordable) blank canvas for a bit of creativity.

$40, ikea.com

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Courtesy of Addison Meadows Lane
After: Craft Room Desk

A plexiglass-covered core door now sits atop the dresser and a pair of table legs, creating the perfect stylish workspace. The bare dresser got a coordinating upgrade with a fresh coat of paint and new pulls.

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White Paint $18, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: EKBY ALEX Shelf

This simple shelving unit attaches to a wall to add extra storage to any space.

$49, ikea.com

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A New Bloom
After: Chic Vanity

If you're looking for a chic alternative to your standard vanity, check out this super-glam creation. The blogger paired the EKBY ALEX shelving with old-school wooden legs and a sheepskin-covered bench to create a gorgeous place to spend your mornings.

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Desk Legs, $5, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: LACK Coffee Table

This plain coffee table is practical, but not very exciting as it is.

$25, ikea.com

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Triple Max Tons
After: Mid-Century Style

It's rare you get something so classy from IKEA's seen-everywhere LACK table, but this blogger pulled it off. By removing the lower shelf and attaching wooden tapered legs, she created a midcentury-style classic that's entirely chic.

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Mid-Century Modern Furniture Legs, $39, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: SODERHAMN Footstool

This plain ottoman is serves as a practical place to put your feet up, but it's not very stylish.

$159, ikea.com

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Petite Party Studio
After: Patterned Ottoman

This blogger took a rough find from IKEA's as-is section and made it shine. By adding some cheerful floral fabric, a boring ottoman became so much more interesting.

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Floral Fabric, $10, target.com

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IKEA
Before: BEKVAM Kitchen Cart

The no-nonsense kitchen island is convenient, if a bit spare.

$60, ikea.com

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Oliver and Rust
After: Vintage-Inspired Island

A fresh coat of gray paint, a chic marble top, and a shiny towel bar makes this kitchen helper as stylish as it is functional.

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Gray Paint, $5, amazon.com

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IKEA
Before: SEKTION Cabinet Series

This is but one component from the series, which allows you to mix and match pieces to create floating cabinets and standing units.

$57, ikea.com

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Courtesy of IKEA Family
After: DIY Doll House

No little kid will know the difference between this cabinet creation and a store-bought toy. As long as dolls, mini furniture, and lots of color is involved, it'll be a hit.

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Washi Tape, $7, amazon.com

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