IKEA is probably the most recognized furniture brand in the world. It has become a staple during this period of life as it makes affordable furniture and home furnishing choices that are especially favored by those just starting out on their own. Its products also provide the opportunity to be creative.

You can buy unfinished furniture, or even mix and match parts to create unique, customized pieces. In fact, IKEA is so popular that an entire industry has developed around DIY hacks of its products in an effort to help people give a fresh spin to their interiors. Here are some of them!

#1

Turn IKEA Frosta Stools Into A Large And Creative Cat Tree Along The Walls

Turn IKEA Frosta Stools Into A Large And Creative Cat Tree Along The Walls

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Moo Moo Futch
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7 months ago

This needs to be WAAAAY higher!

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Luke Arthur Wells, an interior stylist and blogger in the UK, thinks IKEA is still unmatched in not only producing quality products at an affordable price but also products that have a design point of view that feels authentic. "I love that they are passionate about sustainability, have a strong ethos as a company, and innovate to work with new techniques, materials, and designers to make sure their designs are leading the pack," Luke told Bored Panda.

Kimberly Duran, the creator of Swoon Worthy, a blog that covers everything from accessible design ideas and DIYs to styling tips, splurges and the latest trends, has visited IKEA's headquarters in Sweden. "Not only are they committed to reducing their eco-footprint and supporting so many different initiatives but because they are able to produce such huge volumes of their products for a global market, they are able to manufacture good quality pieces that are also affordable for a lot of people," Duran said.

"And I think this is really one of the main reasons people love it — good quality, good prices," Duran continued. "They also do an incredible amount of research in terms of what people's needs are, from multiple generations living under one roof and small space living to creating multifunctional furniture and pieces that can be customized. So it's not just trendy attractive furniture and accessories, it actually meets people's needs for the way we live today."

#2

Creating A "Fairy Princess Castle Bed" From An IKEA Kura

Creating A "Fairy Princess Castle Bed" From An IKEA Kura

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Lina S.
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7 months ago

Wow! This is very impressive!

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Having said that, Wells said the problem with a globally beloved brand is that everyone recognizes their products. "In the modern world, especially with everyone sharing their homes on social media, you want to try and create a unique style which can be hard when IKEA is hardly a well-kept secret."

And he definitely has a point. With 433 stores in 53 countries and 2019 global retail sales of about $48.5 billion, almost everyone has an IKEA story. 

However, according to Wells, the streamlined nature of IKEA designs makes it ripe for customizing to add more detail. "Also, when furniture comes flatpack, you feel a bit more connected to how it's constructed, which allows for a bit more confidence in disrupting that, taking pieces apart and putting them back together again," he explained.

#3

IKEA Hacck

IKEA Hacck

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Cool idea for a really inexpensive shelf 👍

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Stacey Sheppard, the editor of The Design Sheppard, is also a fan of IKEA. In fact, she has been since her university days. "My first few homes were largely kitted out with IKEA pieces and it is still one of my favorite places to shop for everyday items," Stacey said.

She pointed out the fact that many IKEA furniture pieces come with a natural finish which makes them easy to paint. "The way they are constructed makes each item easy to take to pieces and reconstruct. Plus, there is an increasing number of companies out there that make hacking IKEA pieces a lot easier by offering bespoke or custom-made additions like handles, legs, sofa covers or cupboard doors. This allows you to create a unique piece that looks much higher-end than it actually is."

#4

A Hack For Pet Owners. I Took The Duktig Doll Bed And Converted Into A Cat Bunk Bed

A Hack For Pet Owners. I Took The Duktig Doll Bed And Converted Into A Cat Bunk Bed

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varwenea
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7 months ago

Kitty approves. 👍

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Customers know what they're going to get when they shop at IKEA and also whether they're going to be able to afford it. Interestingly, price is so important to the company's strategy that it first decides on the price of a piece of furniture and then reverse engineers the construction.

IKEA has a democratic design approach according to Antonella Pucarelli, the chief commercial officer of IKEA retail U.S., which means that it "deliver[s] form, function and quality products at a low price. Even though our products are affordable, we don't compromise on quality," she said.

IKEA makes some of its furniture from wood and some from particleboard (recycled wood chips fused together), keeping production more affordable. IKEA sells and ships its furniture in flat-packs, which makes transporting it cheaper, and customers put it together themselves (or pay for someone to do it for them), keeping labor costs down.

#5

My IKEA Hemnes Dresser Hack! Sanding The Top Down Was A Pain, But Turned Out Lovely :-)

My IKEA Hemnes Dresser Hack! Sanding The Top Down Was A Pain, But Turned Out Lovely :-)

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Martha Meyer
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7 months ago

That new colour is not an improvement in my book. But I guess tastes differ.

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#6

I Made This From IKEA Products (Except For The Paint And Black Light). It’s A Shelf To Hold My Partner’s Tiny Nintendo Toys. I Put It In A Ribba 19”x 19” Frame. I Had To Buy Two Of The Lustigt Shelves To Have Enough Ladders.

I Made This From IKEA Products (Except For The Paint And Black Light). It’s A Shelf To Hold My Partner’s Tiny Nintendo Toys. I Put It In A Ribba 19”x 19” Frame. I Had To Buy Two Of The Lustigt Shelves To Have Enough Ladders.

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Dan Buczynski
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7 months ago

Shut. Up. This is bonkers.

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#7

For Our Narrow Entryway, We Combined Two IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinets And Replaced The Original Tops With A Stained Wood Top. I Am So Happy With How This Hack Turned Out!

For Our Narrow Entryway, We Combined Two IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinets And Replaced The Original Tops With A Stained Wood Top. I Am So Happy With How This Hack Turned Out!

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Looks pretty high end now.

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#8

Kallax Puppy-Proof Cat Feeding Station Station; Food And Treat Storage Above.

Kallax Puppy-Proof Cat Feeding Station Station; Food And Treat Storage Above.

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RedPandasStandUprightWithPawsUpToLookIntimidating
7 months ago

I love it. Well done. Sorry pupster

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#9

IKEA Kallax Art Deco Console Hack

IKEA Kallax Art Deco Console Hack

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MiniMaus
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7 months ago

Wow! That's impressive

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#10

Transformed My IKEA Lack Table

Transformed My IKEA Lack Table

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

That’s cute.

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#11

IKEA Kallax Window Seat Hack

IKEA Kallax Window Seat Hack

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago (edited)

I don’t like those brown box things, don’t think the colour goes well with everything else IMHO.

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#12

Beautiful Hall Of Bookcases From IKEA Hack - France [425 X 639]

Beautiful Hall Of Bookcases From IKEA Hack - France [425 X 639]

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Gorgeous. If only I had a space big enough.

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#13

My First IKEA Hack, Made From The Legendary Bekvam Spice Racks & A Couple Of Magnets :-)

My First IKEA Hack, Made From The Legendary Bekvam Spice Racks & A Couple Of Magnets :-)

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago (edited)

I painted mine in bright colours and created book holders for my son. Put a chair underneath and he has a reading corner

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#14

Fritids , Hidden Cat Litter Box / Bench

Fritids , Hidden Cat Litter Box / Bench

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Martha Meyer
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7 months ago

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So the cat needs to stand there and meow until someone opens thos for her to go to the toilet? I see some revenge carpet pees in this person's future.

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#15

I Used A Cnc Cutter To Engrave Tattoo Designs Into The Doors Of My IKEA Kallax.

I Used A Cnc Cutter To Engrave Tattoo Designs Into The Doors Of My IKEA Kallax.

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Nadine Bamberger
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7 months ago

Beautiful customization

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#16

IKEA Hack

IKEA Hack

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Ali_M
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7 months ago

Combing the Trofast steps is brilliant!

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#17

IKEA Card File Drawers Hack

IKEA Card File Drawers Hack

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Red rockin lobster
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7 months ago

How did you close the holes for pulling the drawers out?

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#18

Add Black Marble Contact Paper And Gold Paint To The Vittsjö Coffee Table.

Add Black Marble Contact Paper And Gold Paint To The Vittsjö Coffee Table.

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Lisa loves cats
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7 months ago

thats really cute!

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#19

I Gave My Malm Bed A Country Style Makeover. Let Me Know What You Think ...

I Gave My Malm Bed A Country Style Makeover. Let Me Know What You Think ...

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

nice

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#20

Used Karlby Countertops As Laundry Room Counter! Butt Joint The Counter Top To The Legs! Voxtorp Cupboards On The Top! Thoughts!

Used Karlby Countertops As Laundry Room Counter! Butt Joint The Counter Top To The Legs! Voxtorp Cupboards On The Top! Thoughts!

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Dee Hunter
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7 months ago

Too! Many! Exclamation! Marks! (Looks cool, though.)

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#21

IKEA Kallax Mid Century Modern Sideboard Hack

IKEA Kallax Mid Century Modern Sideboard Hack

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JessG
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7 months ago

What's the hack? I don't know what the original looks like

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#22

Two Hejne Shelves By IKEA Turned Into An Outside Walking Space For Your Cat

Two Hejne Shelves By IKEA Turned Into An Outside Walking Space For Your Cat

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Marcellus the Third
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7 months ago

If these things get wet under load they bend incredibly... Source: my flooding garage.

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#23

DIY -IKEA Moppe Cabinet Hack

DIY -IKEA Moppe Cabinet Hack

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

i know it doesnt work like that, but i upvoted the wooden box in front

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#24

Turned A Vittsjo Laptop Desk Into A Home Bar

Turned A Vittsjo Laptop Desk Into A Home Bar

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Rabbit Carrot
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7 months ago

Perfect for a pandemic

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#25

Finished Our 98" Karlby Counter Top Desk! Pretty Happy With The Results.

Finished Our 98" Karlby Counter Top Desk! Pretty Happy With The Results.

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Lee F.
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7 months ago

Battle for the drawers?

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#26

Homebar Made With Two Fjallbo Cabinets

Homebar Made With Two Fjallbo Cabinets

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Podunkus
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7 months ago

Priorities!

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#27

Would You Have Guessed That This Gorgeous Cabinet Started Life As An Ivar Cupboard? No, Me Neither! It Makes Me Want To Cut Gorgeous Curves Into All Of My Furniture!

Would You Have Guessed That This Gorgeous Cabinet Started Life As An Ivar Cupboard? No, Me Neither! It Makes Me Want To Cut Gorgeous Curves Into All Of My Furniture!

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Alex T
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7 months ago

that chair on the left tho

AnInrovert
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6 months ago

Just grabbing your butt :P lol

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Marina
Community Member
7 months ago

Awesome hand stool! :P

DC
Community Member
7 months ago

Actually, yes, Ivar is shining through here. Ivar is a great one anyway ... they had a lot of stuff for these, like paper sides and doors to make a shelf a closet and stuff...

1337
Community Member
7 months ago

I want to see the original furniture! This is soo amazing.

Elisse Goldstein-Clark
Community Member
7 months ago

I LOVE that hand chair!! Where did that come from!

Carol Roeder
Community Member
7 months ago

That is really pretty, though I'm not sure what it looked like before!

Damon Gates
Community Member
7 months ago

So it's a "gateway drug"?

My O My
Community Member
7 months ago

Can I live in youe flat? I like it

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
7 months ago

I enjoy the robot face.

DanieLegz
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7 months ago

That's a really handy stool

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7 months ago

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#28

Plastic Docksta Table Glow-Up. The Marble Table I Wanted From World Market Was $550 - So I Turned This $180 Table From IKEA Into The Table Of My Dreams With Spray Paint, Table Epoxy, And A Blow Torch 🔥 #diywin #ikeahacks

Plastic Docksta Table Glow-Up. The Marble Table I Wanted From World Market Was $550 - So I Turned This $180 Table From IKEA Into The Table Of My Dreams With Spray Paint, Table Epoxy, And A Blow Torch 🔥 #diywin #ikeahacks

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Red rockin lobster
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7 months ago

180$ for a plastic table?

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#29

Mid Century Modern IKEA Hack Sideboard

Mid Century Modern IKEA Hack Sideboard

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Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
7 months ago

From rather boring to giraffe chic, cute.

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#30

Malm - Baby Changing Table

Malm - Baby Changing Table

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Helena R
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7 months ago

Although this looks good, isn't there a whole corner of wasted space ?

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