There are two things we love here at AT: the affordable design of IKEA and the personal empowerment of DIY. Due to the low cost and decent construction, IKEA pieces are perfect for custom experimentation yet we usually we see these changes occur outside the store...until now! Jump down to read about IKEA's (successful) attempt at hacking itself...
We were struck by the sophistication of this piece on our weekend visit to Schaumburg's IKEA store. We recognized the design as part of the much-adored Malm line but we had no idea IKEA made a dressing island. Well...they don't but they did make it happen!
The IKEA stagers took two black-brown Malm 6-drawer chests and lined them up, back to back. As you can see from the photo, the line between the two is nearly seamless. To further mask the fact that this one piece comes from two, IKEA placed a large silver tray on the surface and mounted a simple towel rail on one side.
The best part of this IKEA hack is that the luxury of this stand-alone double-sided chest only costs a little over $300.