2018 is upon us, and do you know what that means? It's a brand new year to iterate, embellish, alter, paint, and reconfigure IKEA stuff —we'll use the term "hack" as shorthand— all with the goal to make them work better for us in our homes. Today I'm taking a look at the newest products from their catalog to predict all the different forms they'll take over the next twelve months. Join me as I share ALL the ways to remake these brand new favorites....
These are my predictions for the most hack-able new IKEA products along with inspiration for how you might customize them for yourself:
#10: VILTO Storage Stool
The VILTO line is a basic, solid line of storage for small spaces, and includes this cute little double-duty stool. It also comes in black, but the light birch is probably easier to work with.
Hackability: Stools are easy, low-commitment hacks, which take barely any time to do. Change up the wood itself, or the fabric sling underneath, then find all the places in your home where you can use a little more storage or an extra surface. This item has tons of potential.
#9: EKEDALEN Bench
This is a pretty little bench, with a nice rounded detail on the base. It's great for small spaces, when when you need to cram people around the dinner table, then tuck it under the table out of sight after meals.
Hackability: This bench is like a big blank white canvas waiting for you. With a few simple steps you can personalize with paint, or warm it up with some fabric.
This unit joins the rest of the HEMNES line of furniture, and is a good option when you don't have a large closet or other built-in storage. It offers a nice variety of storage options for shoes, accessories or clothing —plus another surface.
Hackability: This HEMNES product doesn't have the clean basic lines of most IKEA furniture, but it's still a versatile unit that can be upgraded or customized in really nice ways.
This piece is part of the IKEA X HAY collaboration, which yielded a number of beautiful basics. The tray-style table is made of powder-coated steel with a solid lacquered birch base.
Hackability: The black and birch is pretty handsome, but if that combo isn't your thing, find ways to shake it up. Take the GLADOLM as inspiration, and go to town with paint and other finishes. Or break up the pieces and use them in other ways.
These shelving units are another part of the IKEA X HAY collaboration, and a great neutral piece of storage. There's both a tall vertical option, and shorter ones that work well side by side in a long low row.
Hackability: If we have any complaint about this piece, it's that the gray shelves are a little on the institutional side and could use a little pick-me-up. We foresee brighter versions in the future.
This basic item is great for simple storage, wherever you need a place to hang items. It's designed to work with any knobs in the existing IKEA kitchen range. For only $2.99 each, you can afford to buy multiples.
Hackability: It's almost like IKEA wants you hack this item. Buy just the rack alone, without the IKEA knobs, and find your own, more fanciful, picks from places like World Market or Anthropologie. Or keep them more Shaker-style, and group them in different ways around the house.
#4: BESTÅ Top Panels
BESTA units are staples, and these add-on pieces are just one of the ways to trick out the popular storage unit. Panels are sturdy but lightweight, and come in various sizes and finishes, depending on the look you're going for.
Hackability: Our money's on the panel that looks like marble, and the extra long version, which measures 70 7/8" x 16 1/2". We think this will be a great way to give your home a luxe look, for a whole lot less.
This lightweight two-fer can be configured in multiple ways. Apart, it's a pair of twin beds or a sectional sofa. When stacked, it also works as a convertible daybed.
Hackability: The beauty of this bed is its versatility and ability to adapt to any decor or room size. We think people will find endless opportunities to take advantage of its chameleon ways—and make it look like it was born to a particular space.
#2: TARVA Chest
This gets a big 'ol asterisk, because IKEA says this is a new product, but we all know it's not. We've seen this untreated solid wood dresser before, and we've seen it stained, painted and waxed every way until Tuesday. Maybe they updated it in new and invisible ways?
Hackability: We've seen the endless numbers of things that people have done with the TARVA, and we don't see it stopping. We'll see glam versions, rustic farmhouse —you name it.
IKEA designed this bed to use in two different ways: as a nook with sides (as shown above) or flipped upside down to make a comfy perch. You can also purchase with or without the padded mattress inside.
Hackability: When the Swedish retailer recently launched a home collection just for dogs and cats, the internet's brain pretty much exploded. Because it combines two things so many of us adore: pets and IKEA furniture. This is also small and do-able DIY, so expect many to take this basic item on. On a scale of one to five allen wrenches, I'm going to give this one a five for hackability.
So tell us, what will you hack first?