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IKEA TRONES Hacks That’ll Luxe up This Basic Storage Unit

updated Oct 3, 2022
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Another day, another fantastic hack, courtesy of IKEA, of course. But rather than an EKET or a KALLAX hack,  this features one of the brand’s easily adaptable storage shelves. While originally intended to hold things like shoes, the IKEA TRONES storage unit can go far beyond its said purpose. This plastic storage unit is intended for light storage, and won’t be capable of holding heavy items. 

When it comes to putting a new spin on this piece, you can do something as simple as stacking a few in a unique arrangement—or get more detailed by replacing pulls, painting the boxes, and creating floating units. This piece is full of potential! Grab your RASKOG cart of DIY supplies and scroll through this series of unique ways to revamp a classic IKEA TRONES cabinet system.

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1. Cover it.

Instagram user @lucihelen_athome decided to cover her Trones system with an attractive wallpaper. She designed it so that a single drawer pull opens two cabinets at once. It’s a unique spin on this classic piece. 

2. Stack three together.

Need additional storage? Try stacking three Trones cabinets side by side for an ample piece of furniture that meets your needs. We love the chic piece @kleinmaarfijn37 made using three Trones cabinets painted black.

3. Add a chic ledge.

A pretty wooden ledge instantly transforms these drawers from Petite Jeanne. It also gives plenty of options for decor by giving you a bit of space for vases, flowers, garlands, and picture frames.

4. Create end of bed storage.

Instead of bulking up the foot of your bed with a wide dresser or drawers, follow the lead of Sonia López Guardiola, who added a set of TRONES as a sleek and narrow storage solution.

5. Turn it classic black.

This sharp and sophisticated color choice from Susanne Bloos shows how a basic shelving unit can be completely transformed with a coat of paint. If black isn’t doesn’t suit your fancy, any bold color will do.

6. Replace the pulls.

Something as simple as switching out the hardware, like what Patricia Abella did, can make a huge difference. These pretty leather pulls and the wooden ledge take TRONES and turn it into a stylish unit worthy of your Instagram feed.

7. Stack them vertically

Piling your drawers atop one another creates some fun visual interest, especially in a place like your front entryway. Kyle Sito Westcott added a piece of artwork next to hers for a cool lengthening effect.

Credit: Cathy Ho

8. Make a staircase console.

Options for bottom-of-the-stairs (or top!) storage are tough to find, considering how small the space can be. Instead of spending hours searching, try out this idea from Cathy Ho of Home in Suffolk, who set up two TRONES between her stairs and coat rack.

9. Create functional laundry room storage.

Small spaces aren’t very forgiving when it comes to installing storage. Instead of cramping up your area, use a set of TRONES to store supplies, like this neat little laundry room set up from Frankie Browne.

10. Turn it into a floating vanity.

Marta Kopylenko of Marta Kop Home painted her TRONES a stylish black and installed it as a floating console. Rather than your classic vanity, this is a minimalist version that takes up zero floor space.

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