IKEA. Its affordable, the designs are modern and the selection is pretty varied. Still, there's a certain satisfaction that comes from taking a cookie cutter item and putting your own stamp on it. Fortunately, a number of businesses have popped up that IKEA hacks accessible to even the DIY-challenged.
In a DIY mood? Personalize this perennially popular IKEA piece, with help from Maxwell:
• O'verlays If you want to take that RAST to the next level, O'verlays may be for you. The decorative fretwork can be applied to many popular IKEA pieces, including the EXPEDIT, LACK and MALM, among others, to create a more luxe look on your flat pack pieces.
• Mykea Another option for custom skins for IKEA furniture is Mykea. The colorful graphics can be easily applied and, if you ever tire of them, just as easily removed without leaving behind any residue. While their designs originate from the Netherlands, US orders are designed and produced domestically - which means shipping is still quite reasonable ($10).
• PANYL We've seen a number of examples of PANYL being expertly utilized here on Apartment Therapy, including the Patchwork Dresser: A West Elm-Inspired IKEA Hack shown above. The self adhesive vinyl skins can be purchased for a specific IKEA piece or you can buy it by the foot and get really creative.
• Bemz This Swedish company offers even more options for recovering your IKEA upholstered pieces. While some covers can cost as much as the furniture itself, Bemz offers the widest range of print and style options.
• Knesting Slip covers for popular IKEA furniture pieces may not be a new concept but Knesting is one of the few companies who makes theirs in the States. Knesting currently offers slipcovers for EKTORP, KARLANDA, KARLSTAD, POANG and more, all made in Atlanta, Georgia.
• Comfort Works This Australian company offers slip covers for IKEA sofas and chairs, as well as curtains and custom cushions. Fabrics range from cotton and linen to velvet and leather. Custom Works ships worldwide with a $24 limit on shipping costs.
• Semihandmade Hacking IKEA pieces doesn't stop with furniture. If you're thinking about installing an IKEA kitchen, or even updating an existing one, Semihandmade can set you up with custom door and drawer fronts.
• Modern Crafts Based in Minneapolis, Modern Crafts gives you another option for custom cabinet doors. Wood options include walnut, bamboo and zebrawood.
*Re-edited from a post originally published 2.2.2013 - JL