10 Products from the 2020 IKEA Catalog That We Can’t Wait to Hack

published Sep 1, 2019
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The IKEA 2020 catalog recently arrived, and as always, it’s good. We’ve been poring over the pages, bookmarking our favorite finds, and dreaming of all the ways to hack some of the newest additions. Here are 10 products we can’t wait to get our hands on, as well as ideas to inspire your own DIYs. 

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1. LAUTERS Table Lamp

The LAUTERS lamp, with its straightforward, modern silhouette, is a part of IKEA’s efforts to be more sustainable thanks to its recycled PET bottle shade and sustainably sourced solid wood base. And it’s just a quick makeover away from being the piece that brings all of your decor together!

Hack it: Use a charming fabric to cover the shade, and the possibilities are endless. (Check out Brittany’s tips on The House That Lars Built for how to achieve a clean, professional look.) You could also glue or iron on patches for an explosion of color and texture and even add fringe to the trim for a touch of romanticism.

Buy: IKEA LAUTERS Table Lamp, $29.99

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2. SLAKT Bed Frame

The SLAKT bed joins several double-duty beds in IKEA’s lineup, but it has the added details of an incorporated bookshelf and divided drawers. While it gives you plenty of designated storage, it could benefit from a few easy DIYs to punch up its personality.  

Hack it: Try painting alternating patterns on each drawer and adding unexpected pulls or knobs. Paint the headboard a bright, bold color so that the frame looks less boxy.

Buy: IKEA SLAKT Bed Frame, $279

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3. SPISIG Play Kitchen

IKEA’s classic play kitchen gets a second option with the new SPISIG. The curtained open back allows it to seamlessly go from kitchen to puppet theater.

Hack it: Create your dream kitchen in miniature with fun cabinet colors, a faux tile backsplash, and “brass” fixtures. Or flip the kitchen around, turn the “puppet theater” into a storefront, and help your kiddo open up his or her own flower market (or burger bar, ice cream shop, or bakery). Check out these ZoeyZo stickers for some options, or grab some chalk paint.

Buy: IKEA SPISIG Play Kitchen, $49.99

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4. VITVAL Loft Bed Frame with Desk Top

The soft sides and built-in desk of this loft bed make it a space-saving must-have. IKEA practically intended for it to be hackable—it’s compatible with the brand’s MÖJLIGHET and SKÅDIS series. While it’s a solid choice on its own, there are a few ways we have in mind to personalize it. 

Hack it: If the gray fabric sides don’t speak to you, swap them for a fun pattern and install coordinating curtains or hang a soft tapestry wall. Complete the study or work haven by tucking a bookshelf underneath the bed.

Buy: IKEA VITVAL Loft Bed Frame with Desk Top, $229

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5. SYVDE Cabinet

This little cabinet was created to be the display counterpart to the MALM six-drawer chest. Its sliding doors help maintain its small footprint so you can add storage—dishes, house linens, games—wherever you need it. And its classic IKEA white is just begging for a makeover. 

Hack it: Paint it, of course! And if the size and sliding doors are just right, but you don’t want your storage quite so transparent, consider applying fabric or cane webbing to the doors.

Buy: IKEA SYVDE Cabinet, $129

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6. LUBBAN Serving Cart

With a mix of rattan and black steel, this cart fits into most homes. The tiers are spacious with deep walls to accommodate most needs, and the added bonus of wheels means you can use it from room to room. IKEA already showcases it as both a bedside table and breakfast cart, and we predict hacks for every room in the house.   

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Hack it: So. Much. Hackability. For an indoor plant display, line the bottom of the LUBBAN baskets or use a drip tray to keep your plants and the cart happy.  Cats love nothing more than to climb and hide, so add a small cushion to the cart tiers for fur baby-approved perches. Or park the piece in a guest room and stock the roomy tiers with fresh towels and snacks to make any visitor feel welcomed. 

Buy: IKEA LUBBAN Serving Cart, $69

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7. SKALLRAN Table Lamp Base

This powder-coated, aluminum lamp base is a sturdy and attractive starting point for creating your own custom lamp. The IKEA masterminds have blessed us with the perfect hacking candidate—the base is meant to be used on a table or on the wall and requires no hardwiring. (Note that it does not come with the decorative bulb.)

Hack it: IKEA kicks off the suggestions by recommending mounting the base to the wall and using a metallic-capped light bulb for a diffused sconce glow. Alternatively, you could build around the base with concrete or plaster to give it a little more heft and introduce a new texture

Buy: IKEA SKALLRAN Table Lamp Base, $6.99

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8. TYSSEDAL Storage stool

A bonus seat, extra storage, and a total blank canvas, the TYSSEDAL stool is the smallest dual purpose stool from the big blue store. 

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Hack it: Change up the tone and personalize it with paint. Fake an inlay effect with the power of stencils. Or bump up the coziness with fabric, creating a custom cushion to attach to the top of the stool. You could even go big and swap out the legs.

Buy: IKEA TYSSEDAL Storage Stool, $59

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9. BESTA Cabinet in Stockviken Anthracite

The BESTA classic gets an update with the new, subtly ridged Stockviken doors.  We love the new option, but it only comes in one color and the units still have limited top panels. Of course, both of those things can easily be changed with DIYs, so we think this piece will continue the long-standing BESTA hacking tradition. 

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Hack it: Add a contrasting wood top panel to really offset the charcoal tone, or play it up with a concrete finish. Another option would be to use the Stockviken doors on other cabinets or as paneling to add the unexpected texture elsewhere.

Buy: IKEA BESTA Cabinet in Stockviken Anthracite, $375

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10. EKOLSUND Recliner

Recliners with a modern shape are hard to find, much less at a reasonable price point. EKOLSUND has soft, rounded edges and allows you to move from sitting to leaning back to lying down for a nap. Of course, the mauve pink isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. We see a lot of potential for hacks that involve switching up the color or fabric.

Hack it: The great thing about flat-packed furniture is that it is easy to take apart and reupholster. Try a fun fabric for a completely unique piece. Option two: Go bold with color and patterns using fabric paint.

Buy: IKEA EKOLSUND Recliner, $249