This $2 IKEA Gem Instantly Transforms Dated Cabinets (Without a Single Tool!)

published Apr 18, 2024
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If you’ve recently upgraded your cabinets and are looking for the perfect low-cost finishing touch — or if you’re stuck with the boring cabinet doors your rental came with — this new product from IKEA is for you. 

The IKEA DRAGSMARK cabinet handle looks like those expensive trendy half-circle drill-in door pulls that you’ve seen in kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedroom closet doors. But unlike some pricier options, it requires zero drilling and absolutely no tools to install, which is what makes it such a great option for upgrading rental cabinets.

To add the IKEA pull to your cabinets, all you have to do is clip it over the edge of the drawer or door you’re looking to upgrade, and they’ll look chic whether you’re working with flat-front laminates or dated oak cathedral-style ones.

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Note that this product works best on doors and drawers that have a thickness of 5/8 inches. It’s also best to use these at the tops of doors as opposed to the sides.

If you want to make these work on a cabinet door that’s thinner or a door where the pulls are on the side, you could add cabinet bumpers or felt furniture pads to the inside of the DRAGSMARK to help fill in any extra space.

One last way to customize these white handles from IKEA is to paint them, of course! Spray paint formulated for metal surfaces is your best bet. Color match the pulls to your walls, go for a bright contrast, or just luxe them up with a metallic silver or gold finish to create the hardware of your dreams. Then when you move, you can pluck those pulls off the doors and drawers, and no one will be the wiser.