The Smartest, Most Stylish IKEA Hacks of 2017

updated Apr 14, 2020
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Some of our favorite posts each year hinge on IKEA products, and all the endless ways they can be transformed and hacked into something more useful, beautiful, and interesting than before. Here are some of the best from 2017.

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PAX wardrobes are some of our favorite hacks, because they usually wind up looking so professional and built in, like these from Malcolm Begg of Design 69, who tucked an angled wardrobe under the eaves of his upstairs Victorian bedroom. Seriously impressive.

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The IKEA MALM: It’s affordable, simple, unassuming and very hackable, as you can see with this Scandi-style bed from Wohn Gold Stueck. Also lead image above.

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Amelia came up with this super cute planter using an IKEA PALLRA Mini Chest —just one of many ways that IKEA and plants combined make a very happy couple.

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These four roommates needed storage when their apartment had ZERO closets for their clothes, and found makeshift ways to cobble together various IKEA parts to fill the void.

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The $15 TEJN sheepskin rug is one of the most hacked rugs out there: the price can’t be beat, and it brings instant coziness to every space, like the simple pillow above from Clover Lane. This large, fur fabric is just waiting to be transformed!

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By adding some cork and hooks to a RIBBA frame, Halbach blog created an entryway organizer that’s great for small spaces —just one of the many ways this cheap and plentiful IKEA basic can be transformed.

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IKEA themselves came up with another use for their wildly popular magnetic knife rack. This time, it’s about storing paintbrushes while they dry. Put it on the long list of ways the GRUNDTAL is handy in every room in the house.

→ All the Ways You’ve Never Thought To Use Magnetic Knife Racks

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Small IKEA tables and stools are endless inspiration, and sometimes only need a little spray paint to transform them entirely, as was the case with this stylish redo using granite paint.