Whether you're partial to the sturdy sisal OLSTED or the cozy RENS sheepskin, IKEA rugs are ideal for projects that call for a hardworking textile. Designed to survive a daily parade of dirty shoes, it's no wonder these rugs can be stitched, glued and stapled into ultra-durable bags, benches and pillows. These DIYs may not take long to put together, but we're betting they'll last for years.
Above: After finally accepting that this $600 Anthropologie rug was beyond her budget, Madeline from Brit & Co. decided to craft her own using a $50 IKEA find and some craft paint. The poppy stripes will cheer up a modern apartment.
What do you get when you combine a $5 MARIUS stool with a $30 RENS sheepskin rug? A high-fashion seat that looks way more expensive than the sum of its parts. The Kitchy Kitchen shows us how it comes together.
Our new post-work relaxation plan: Sink into this cozy pouf that Poppytalk crafted from IKEA rugs.
Give your daybed nautical vibes with pillow covers stitched from striped IKEA rugs. Follow the how-to on Martha Stewart to learn how to line up the fringe for a decorative edge.
If an area rug is durable enough to withstand getting walked on every day, it's likely strong enough to survive as a tote for transporting heavy books and market finds. Get the step-by-step instructions on Zevy Joy.
No one would ever guess that these minimalist bench warmers were stitched from a pair of IKEA rugs. Heimatbaum added leather straps for an unexpected contrast in materials and textures.
The sturdy sisal OLSTED rug is ideal for entryways that meet a lot of muddy boots, but its boring color didn't do anything for Pam of Simple Detail's cheetah-print foyer. To punch it up, she painted on a Greek key pattern using painter's tape and a homemade stencil.
The luxe-looking upholstery on this bench is actually three IKEA rugs stitched together with neon mason's twine. Jenny of Little Green Notebook shared the how-to on Domino, and you can find even more images of the process on her blog.
Another project demonstrating an IKEA rug's upholstery potential: this vintage bench makeover from The Brick House uses a furry IKEA rug as a cover for cracking yellow vinyl. The finished bench is easier on the eyes—and so much softer to sit on.