I shamelessly admit that I love IKEA. Although we own a few pieces of furniture from there, I am most excited about everything else the store has. Inexpensive vases or place mats, rugs for the kids room or bedding for the guest bedroom – I turn to IKEA ! Not so long ago a designer friend turned me on to a site called My Overlays that sells decorative appliques that you can add to your IKEA furniture to create architectural detail. Now I don’t have the time or know-how to strip and paint a piece of IKEA furniture, but I can glue on a plastic decorative piece to the front of a dresser ! The best thing is you can use these not only for IKEA furniture but on a mantle, or any other flat surface furniture that you have. Here are some examples of Ikea hacks from their site.
You can also take a simple sofa and chair and hack it by adding tufting the way Whit and Rachael Gardner of Our Mid Century did to their otherwise plain Karlstad Sofa. For full instructions check out their blog but here are a few before and after pics.
Another company that helps people hack their IKEA furniture is Panyl, which has a vinyl material that adheres to specific IKEA furniture to give it a custom look. It is easy to work with and is specifically pre-cut for IKEA furniture. Here are some examples of a Kura Loft Bed in the original form it’s sold in a custom color from Panyl.
There is even an entire site dedicated to Ikea hacking that shows real life examples of ways in which people modified their Ikea furniture to make it unique and custom. Everything Etsy has a list of top Ikea hacks and here is one of my faves with DIY instructions included. I think it is simple enough that even a newby DIYer can accomplish this transformation.
So the next time you can’t find that custom piece at a price you can pay, consider buying IKEA furniture and hacking it yourself !