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These IKEA Hacks Solve One of This Season’s Biggest Problems

updated May 3, 2019
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(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

It’s that time of year, when days get shorter and shorter, and sunlight noticeably diminishes. Soon, many of us will be trudging to and from school and work in near darkness, and—I’ll venture a guess here—we will not be happy about it. Once we’re home, we’ll also have to turn our indoor lamps and overheads on sooner in the evening. These IKEA hacks help us do it in style, and on the cheap.

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Here’s an incredibly design-savvy DIY that popped up in one of our house tours. This dining room’s brass fixtures were created from a series of IKEA bowls. We recently shared the full tutorial, complete with a parts list, if you want to get the look yourself.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

Cindy swears this modern, minimalist light fixture is super easy to pull off, and— perhaps even better—it takes less than $20 to make it. All you need is this IKEA strip light on the wall, then tape a thin 1/4-inch thick piece of poplar wood onto the front. (Also lead image above.)

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To make this gorgeous macramé chandelier, Geneva deconstructed a basic IKEA lampshade, then built it back up with a series of knotted pieces of ropes. It adds so much texture and beauty to this sunroom.

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Wooden bowls are a popular thing to use in the world of IKEA hacks, but this bowl-turned-lampshade from Stephanie of Make and Tell got an extra layer of something special with textured spray paint.

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Kristi Murphy frankenstein-ed this very stylish bedside lamp using various parts from IKEA and Urban Outfitters, including this very George Nelson-esque lamp shade, a basic lamp cord set, and swing arm hardware.

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This homemade ledge for your bedside wall is made out of two $4 BEKVAM spice racks, and perfectly sized for holding a glass of water, your phone and a pendant lamp.

If you’re worried about wiring a fixture yourself, skip over the electrical part and just upgrade an IKEA FADO Table Lamp. Brittni mounted hers onto a concrete base molded from a two dollar IKEA FNISS Trash Can. The final product looks very high end and chic.