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The Best IKEA Hacks To Upgrade Your Home

We’ve all got a piece of IKEA furniture sticking out like a sore thumb in a well-curated room 👍

It’s time to get hacking, to put your own stamp on it.

What is an IKEA hack?

You’ve secured your bargain, must-have furniture from IKEA. The next hurdle? Helping it look at home. Whether you’re introducing a hefty IKEA PAX closet into your bedroom, or a practical MALM desk for your home office, you’ll want your furniture to complement your design scheme, and stand out from the IKEA crowd 💥

Often simple and neutral, IKEA furniture is the best base for re-imagining. So, roll up your sleeves, reach for your tool box and let’s start DIY’ing your IKEA furniture.

With different pieces of furniture comes different possibilities. It gets even more complicated when you’ve got a home full of IKEA furniture. With a lot of DIY methods to choose from and different furniture to tackle, let’s make your life easier 😌

Here’s a run-down of the most game-changing IKEA hacks, talking one piece of furniture at a time.


IKEA PAX wardrobe with LUDLOW Handles

PAX Closet 👕

We've all personalized a PAX closet for our bedroom. Though, we'll often neglect the exterior. With plenty of real estate to work with, this is your chance to get creative 🖌

Get that built-in look by slotting in old TV cabinets above your PAX, like @houseproject_36. Then, add cladding, a fresh coat of paint and a handful of BECKERs.


Color drench your PAX in a warm pink to make a statement, or keep it simple with a splash of color. Top it all off with some trend-led hardware, and your IKEA PAX closet will look unrecognizable 🔥


Pink colour drenched IKEA PAX Wardrobe

Kitchen Cabinets 🍽

An IKEA kitchen is cheap n’ cheerful, though can often use a facelift 💄

If you've an IKEA laminate kitchen, use a heat gun to remove the laminate, before you get painting. Re-do the splashback and tiles, if you want your kitchen to look brand new. Add kitchen hardware, like WATT and LOVELL, to effortlessly complete the look. Just watch Soph of @diydoctorsoph pull it off 👏



Installed a new IKEA oak kitchen and want to glow it up? Eye-catching hardware will do the trick. Style to your heart's desire and remember to add luxe finishing touches, like our FOLD Soap Holder 🧼

IKEA Kitchen fronts

MALM Vanity Table 💄

A classic MALM table works well as a desk in a home office or a chic vanity table in the bedroom. The possibilities are endless, when you dress up MALM 👗

Jazz-up plain drawer fronts with decorative molding and paint the entire vanity table a dark, daring color. Brass hardware will complete the monochrome look 🏁


Alternatively, keep your MALM’s elegant white color, and paint your molding to match. Place a thin glass top on your vanity table, to both protect and elevate your furniture 👌

IKEA MALM Vanity table 

BILLY Bookcase 📚

A standard for storage, from books to decor, you can get creative with where you place BILLY. Just help BILLY blend in with his surroundings 🖌

If your BILLY bookcase has cabinets, pimp them up with floral wallpaper and introduce statement hardware, like Sam of @ourcambridgehome_.



Or, build a useful unit with BILLY's help. Put your bookcase to better use in your home office, by sitting it atop your desk. Got an ever-growing collection of alcohol? Stack your BILLY bookcase on a countertop dividing a couple cabinets and a mini-fridge. Now you have a home cocktail bar with plenty of storage 🍾

IKEA BILLY Home office and bar hack

HEMNES Bedside Table 🛏

We all need storage by our bedside, for those late-night reading sessions or to stand our trusty alarm clock. You can make your bedside table a practical feature of your room, with a lil’ bit of creativity 👩‍🎨


Hack your way to a high-end HEMNES chest of drawers, by cutting out the fronts and introducing rattan. LUDLOW makes for a sleek finishing touch.

If you’ve a smaller bedside table with a single drawer, apply paint and secure a small sheet of rattan webbing to the fronts, for that cozy, cottagecore look 👩‍🌾

IKEA HEMNES bedroom drawers

BESTA Cabinet 🥇

A storage cabinet is a must in the bedroom, living room – you name it. Whether your BESTA’s got cabinets or drawers, this is your chance to pull off a high-end hack 💅


Melanie’s hack looks magazine-worthy, thanks to some well-cut molding and a coat of lilac paint – a now trending color.

Looking for more of a challenge? Lena of @amberlanelife reconstructed part of her BESTA cabinet. She elevated the look with BECKER in Antique Brass. Go on, give it a go yourself 🧰


IKEA PS Cabinet 👀

A lesser known IKEA piece, though with plenty of character, the PS cabinet has plenty of potential to make a statement in your home 🌟

Xin primed and painted her hand-me-down, to then top it off with PLANE Knobs. That makes the ultimate sideboard for her living room. Not got an IKEA PS cabinet? You can easily apply this hack to any steel sideboard.



Get hackin' 🔧

You should now feel confident to re-invent your IKEA furniture, one-by-one.

Not spotted your IKEA furniture? Be sure to bookmark this article and check in later, as we’ll be keeping this updated with the latest, inspiring IKEA projects completed by our community. Who knows what’s to come 🤷‍♀️

Be sure to browse our range of hardware for IKEA hacks. With trend-led designs manufactured with high-quality materials, you’re bound to find the right hardware to suit your interior style and make your IKEA furniture look a million bucks 💰

We just have to see your IKEA project. Remember to film the full transformation and before hitting publish on socials, tag us at @plankhardware 🏷