8 of the Best (and Easiest) IKEA Hacks We Spotted This Year
The only thing I like more than a good IKEA hack is an easy one. Like, so easy-it-barely-registers-as-a-hack, easy. Not because I’m lazy (I mean, I am), but because these types of IKEA hacks are the perfect combo of affordable and fast to do. They’re proof that you don’t have to spend a ton of time, energy, or money on little improvements in your home, and they’re evidence that ANYONE can pull off a hack—no fancy DIY skills or expensive tools needed. This is a round up of the best of these kinds of IKEA hacks I’ve seen this year from house tours. Real people, real homes, real easy hacks anyone could do!
Easy IKEA bookcase banquette
No matter the size of your home, if you want an adorable and compact dining area, find an empty corner and consider a DIY banquette. When you employ an IKEA bookcase and a cushion along with a small table, you can create an instant banquette perfect for breakfast or miniature dinner parties. The one in this California condo is a great example.
Oversized art hack
Our Lifestyle Director Taryn Williford’s Atlanta loft wows in a lot of ways, but one of the simplest (and most stylish) IKEA hacks is hiding in plain sight. “As soon as we moved into the loft, I painted over a pair of those giant IKEA BJÖRKSTA pieces (one from college, one from a curb find) with house paint,” she explains. “I did it so spur of the moment, I don’t even know the colors I used.”
Home office in an IKEA PAX unit system
Dressers as a bed base
Caroline Sølver is a guidebook author, lifestyle blogger, and a journalist for multiple publications… and a master at the so-easy-it-barely-registers-as-a-hack skill. In her small Copenhagen home, she placed a mattress on top of IKEA dressers, adding a lot more storage to a small bedroom where she can keep sheets and towels.