IKEA Upgrades Anyone Can Pull Off With Their Own Furniture Right Now
Since 2008, IKEA has been a leading furniture retailer, revolutionizing the DIY world with its affordable prices, easy-to-assemble furniture, and cutting-edge design. They are at the forefront of the design industry, thanks to the top interior designers on their team.
It’s no surprise that IKEA even inspires creativity in its users. This story highlights just a few things customers have made from IKEA products.
A Safe Sunbathing Haven for Your Cat
Cats, just like most humans, enjoy soaking in the sun. Even so, not every pet owner is comfortable letting their kitties out of the house so the felines can get some much-needed sun exposure.
Guess what? You just need Hejne shelves and chicken wire from IKEA. With these, you can DIY shelves on which your cat can laze around during a sunny day without you worrying about their safety.
Functional and Fun Bed Ideas
For most adults, a bed is just a space where they recharge after a long day. Kids, though, need their beds and bedrooms to be more than a place to sleep.
We recommend a bed that’s off the ground for functionality, where the extra space can be as a play area or storage space. Whatever bed design you choose, keep it fun since it goes a long way in sparking your child’s creativity.
Convenient Litter Box for Kitty and Owner
Training cats how to use a litter box is a task that requires patience, but thankfully, a few handy tools can make it easier. While most people have their feline’s litter boxes open for the cat’s convenience, others prefer a closed litter box.
You can have both if you get yourself an IKEA Friendly Bench. It lets you have an open litter box for your cat when no one’s around, but it can also be hidden when guests are over.
Affordable, Compact, and Stylish Cupboard
Everyone needs a good cupboard to handily store cups and plates for every meal, but not everyone has the money or space to get one.
Thank goodness for this cupboard that isn’t just affordable but also practical. Its stylish appearance adds a touch of elegance without it taking up too much space. Now you can finally set the table quickly and easily.
A Mini-Bar That Doesn’t Break the Bank
If you have ever had friends come over for drinks, you know just how important having a bar in one’s home is. With a home bar, one can ensure that all the drinks are in one place so guests can self-serve.
You don’t have to have an entire room dedicated to being a bar, though. With this table, you can set up a mini-bar that ensures the house remains non-cluttered even as you entertain several guests.
Donkey Kong Dream Shelf
Donkey Kong, a legendary video game, has inspired countless fans. One creative girlfriend turned an IKEA Lustigt Wall Shelf into a stunning Donkey Kong-themed birthday gift for her lucky partner. By recognizing the shelf’s resemblance to the game’s stage, she strategically placed figurines for an authentic touch.
The glowing feature adds a whimsical twist, while the shelf doubles as a perfect display for collectibles. This clever idea lets you transform your IKEA shelf into a nostalgic tribute!
Purr-fect Bunk Beds for Your Feline Friends
Cats deserve pampering too, and devoted cat lovers can really pamper their feline friends. One way they do it is by giving their cats the ultimate sleep experience with customized IKEA bunk beds.
Create a stylish double-decker haven for your fur baby by connecting two doll beds with a metal plate and screws and adding a plush foam mattress. It’s a simple yet adorable upgrade where your kitty can snooze in style and comfort.
Hallway Haven: A Book Lover's Dream
Believe it or not, physical books are still treasured by many. With a clever IKEA hack, even small spaces can boast a great home library. Utilizing cost-effective IKEA bookshelves, this ingenious bookworm transformed a simple hallway into a literary paradise.
You, too, can do it! Line up the shelves side by side to create a stunning book display that’s both functional and visually appealing, and rediscover the magic of your cherished book collection with your very own hallway library.
Docksta Table Marble Makeover
Marble surfaces never go out of style, and this IKEA Docksta table hack adds a touch of elegance to your home. Transform the already chic table into a stunning statement piece with a DIY marble finish.
How? Begin with furniture paint, then artistically create marble veins using black paint. Finish with a water spray for a glossy, luxurious look. It’s a unique and creative way to upgrade your IKEA Docksta table and impress your guests.
IKEA Hack for Laundry Bliss
Upgrade your laundry room with a stylish and functional solution. Using IKEA’s Karlby wood veneer countertops, you can create a sleek enclosure to house your washer and dryer together.
It will make the space more visually appealing and provide a convenient folding area on top. This easy, budget-friendly IKEA laundry hack can transform your laundry room into an organized, efficient, and attractive workspace.
An Innovative Bed For Adults
Although highly durable, solid wood beds come for a hefty price, who doesn’t want their beds to be of good quality for maximum comfort? We’ll tell you a little secret: IKEA beds are affordable and stylish.
Here, the owner wanted a rustic touch to the bed, so they knocked off wooden slats from the bedframe and painted them white. Just a little DIY effort added some aesthetic touch to the bedroom and made it more sturdy.
Cute Changing Tables for Babies
Raising a baby is indeed a proud moment for parents, but it has its fair share of challenges. Parenting books may not have the answers to all problems – but IKEA has an incredible solution for changing tables!
They make dressers with baby changing tables, but you can also DIY them with some IKEA products. Simply use the base of a chest of drawers, fix it on the top, and voila!
Add That Marble-Like Touch
Wood and glass are undeniably beautiful, but marble never fails to look elegant. Still, the effort and time to shape the marble make it look expensive.
However, there’s an easy but ingenious way to get the exact appearance for a fraction of the cost. Like this person, we too can paste marble contact paper on a cheap Vittsjö table for a stylish tabletop.
Adorn Tables With Miniature Gardens
Feng Shui is a centuries-old method used in offices and homes everywhere. Some basics include letting natural light flood in during the day, keeping feel-good colors prominent, creating focus spaces with lovely artwork, and having plants in the room.
If you want to go beyond the basics, crafting a tabletop garden can take Feng Shui to another level. Just carve a rectangular space into the table and attach a small soil box of tiny plants for visual appeal.
Upcycle a Bookshelf Into a Table
If you have a bookcase with no books to fill it, try transforming it into a table. It creates ample storage space, and you don’t have to throw that case away – plus, you get to be creative and add extra drawers to it.
This Kallax furniture is ironic because books have lost importance here. Instead, vinyl records have made a comeback despite being the era of digital music.
The Coolest Place for Your Keys
Do you often lose your keys? You need to check out this ingenious hack from someone who made a handy and crafty key holder for that one thing they’re always looking for – their house keys.
By sticking magnets at the bottom of IKEA racks, keys, sunglasses, and wallets can easily be kept close to hand. You’d just need to grab them all here and head out for the day.
An Incredible Home Office for Two
Most people started working from home during the 2020 quarantine, and some even continue to do so now. The problem is that, in some cases, two adults might need to share a single workspace.
It’s a problem with simple solutions, but you need to get creative. This genius couple devised a brilliant way to utilize one of their stories as a workplace for two by separating it with the help of a cabinet that you can buy at IKEA.
For a Goodnight’s Sleep
A father turning his daughter’s IKEA Kura bed into an enchanted forest castle bed got the little one’s imagination flowing. It involved plenty of DIY, like building stone wall fixtures, a functional tower, and a playhouse below the bed.
Although upcycling the bed was challenging, the final result was indeed stunning. We bet your kid would love to snuggle up in this pretty little bed every night.
A Touch of Gold Can Do Magic
Simple DIY modifications can add a sense of glamor to a space. Some DIY projects are not just fun and handy – they’re also inexpensive.
For instance, adding a touch of gold to an ordinary cabinet with golden tape that costs barely $10 can create a lovely retro piece. This undeniably elevates the aesthetics of a room and fits well with the other decor.
Keep Your Cats Entertained
Cats love climbing high places like cabinets and curtains and tend to do it often. It’s also why they are very good at landing on their feet no matter how high they go.
Thanks to the IKEA Frosta stool, your cats can roam around your home safely. This savvy design has the stool’s legs attached to the wall to let the kitties climb easily and keep them active.
Don't Throw Those Bookshelves Away Just Yet
With the rise of Kindles and e-books, you may not need physical books and book racks in your homes. No matter what, you can just repurpose an old IKEA bookshelf.
A shelf can become a cozy seat if you just turn it on its side and add a foam mattress. You can even add drawers or other accessories to the shelves for additional storage space. Check out this DIY project for some design inspiration!
The Perfect Hideaway for Cats to Snack and Relax
IKEA offers a perfect solution for pampering your furry friend with LURVIG’s cat house, which can replace the ordinary pillow but not the litter box. The idea gets even better by incorporating a clever component – these cat houses fit snugly into Kallax shelves.
Simply remove a panel, customize the cat house, and create a cozy nook for your kitty. The remaining shelves can be utilized for storing food and other items, provided they are sealed properly.
Construct a Retro Dresser
Antique items bring character to a room but can be rare and costly. DIY antique furniture is possible with IKEA and some creativity.
If you coat oak or pine cabinets or drawers with wood-colored stain and wipe away the paint to thin it out, it will create a faded look. This simple technique will add a touch of antiquity to your home without costing you too much.
The Perfect Accessory for Last-Minute Get-Togethers
Who wouldn’t love a personal bar in their home? Although limited space and resources make this a challenging home improvement idea, with a bit of creativity, you can definitely build yourself one.
Standard shelving can become a minibar, with ample storage for beverages and mixers. With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can add glass hangers beneath the top shelf and mesh gates as cabinets for other bottles. And voila – you have a mini bar!
Bringing in the Greens
Nature can calm you down and energize you. Unfortunately, you can’t always be around the wilderness – but you can bring some greenery into your home.
Putting a few pots here and there is a great way to develop a positive aura and introduce a sense of calmness in your house. We also have a space-saving technique for setting up the plants by hanging them from the walls using IKEA Racka poles.
No More Looking for the To-Do Lists
People often put their chores or a grocery shopping list on the fridge, but this tends to get misplaced each time someone removes it to add or delete a task. So, there is a hack that we recommend in case you want your list handy.
Place a bundle of paper between two leather straps and fix it on the wall, just like in the picture. You can use these straps to hang anything – so it’s time to get creative.
Retouching the Boring Old White
We’re assuming most people own at least one piece of white furniture. After all, it is the safest color as it blends with any shade, but sometimes safe can be boring. At times, you want to give that white piece a new look.
Adding a single line of gold paint on each of the drawers of this IKEA cabinet could be one way of sprucing things up. You could also repaint the entire unit and have something completely new!
A Budget-Friendly Home Office
Remote work is becoming more and more common, and that means that remote workers need home offices. As a remote worker, you could opt for a fancy set-up or go easy on the pocket with the help of IKEA Kallax cubes.
There are drawers, shelves, and even open spaces to place items for display. Plus, there is ample space to keep one’s work table tidy and organized.
An Easy Way On to the Sofa
We often see our pets struggling to get on our beds or couches to cuddle up or for a nap, so we pick them up and put them on the couch – but this isn’t possible in our absence. Presumably, this pet parent faced a similar problem, so she got creative with storage crates.
Converting these crates into a step ladder was a brilliant idea, and it gave the dog a respite from all that extra jumping.