30+ of the Best IKEA Hacks

We all love a good IKEA Hack and this list of over 30 of the best IKEA Hacks is filled to the brim with inspiration, techniques, and creative ideas you’ll want to implement in your own home. From IKEA card catalogs to window seats, desks to dressers and much more, there’s so many ideas here you might be headed to IKEA before you even finish reading the post.

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A collage of home interiors featuring various IKEA furniture with the words, "Creative IKEA Hacks You Will Love".

So, what is an “IKEA Hack” exactly? The premise is simple. Purchase a piece of IKEA furniture (or other home décor or kids items–no limits here) and customize it! The projects can be as complicated as retrofitting a bookshelf into a desk or as simple as adding a coat of paint.

How to Hack IKEA Furniture

My personal favorite projects are right in the middle. I love hacks that change up hardware, paint, and styling (maybe even those that require a power tool or two) and make basic IKEA furniture look luxury and high end.

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Hacking IKEA furniture, whether the Kallax, Besta, Rast or something else, is a great money-saving hack too. Building furniture from scratch can be costly and time-consuming. You won’t just need supplies, you’ll need power tools too. That can get expensive and not everyone has the space for a woodshop either!

So, enter IKEA. They’ve already done the bulk of the work so take those basic bookcases and use them for the foundation of a majestic built-in (complete with crown molding if you desire). That basic dresser? It becomes a mid-century modern replica. What about the DUKTIG play kitchen? Well, there’s almost too many amazing ideas to list them all (I’m thinking another post!).

What Is the Best IKEA Hack?

The best IKEA hack is both a project you’ll enjoy working on as well as a final piece that will fulfill in a need in your home. Whether it’s customizing a Kallax system or just painting a dresser to be the perfect color, I hope you use this list for inspiration and instruction as you tackle your own home DIYs and IKEA hacks!

Many of the hacks I included here include full step-by-step tutorials too. So, while there’s a few that are pure inspiration, with most of these projects you can head to the featured blog, read the post, and start hacking your own IKEA pieces right away.

30+ of the Best IKEA Hacks

Luxury Pax Wardrobe System

This IKEA Pax Wardrobe System from @readmorehouse on Instagram is EVERYTHING. The long handles and detailed molding make the whole piece look so high-end. Not to mention super practical too. This beautiful wardrobe is definitely one of the best IKEA hacks I’ve seen!

White Pax Wardrobe closet with large brass handles.

Hemnes Dresser Hack

Bland dresser? Use overlays to totally customize an IKEA dresser! This Hemnes Dresser Hack from Bless’er House walks you through every step.

A white IKEA dresser with overlays and white rose knobs.

Kallax Card Catalog

I featured The Savvy Heart’s Apothecary Cabinet/Card Catalog over on my Kallax Hacks roundup post too because it is soooo good. Vintage card catalogs are pricey (and hard to find). Why not just purchase a Kallax and customize it with card catalog pulls for a closed storage organization situation?

A DIY black library card catalog using a IKEA Kallax shelves.

Paint IKEA Kitchen Cabinets

These pink cabinets from At Home with Ashley are goals! Read the step-by-step tutorial on how to paint IKEA Kitchen Cabinets for all the details on paint and techniques. Note that though Ashley suggests purchasing the Torhamn cabinet doors/drawers because they are made of natural wood, the tutorial also provides details on how to paint laminate versions too.

Pink painted cabinets, a colorful floor, bright blue fridge, and white cabinets and subway tile in a custom kitchen.

IKEA Besta Hack (Paint it!)

Changing up the paint color is one of the best ways to make IKEA furniture look high-end. This IKEA Besta Hack from Caitlin Marie Design includes painting tips for painting the slick surface of IKEA laminate furniture.

IKEA Besta hack painted a warm neutral greige in a formal living space.

HAVSTA Cabinets with a Marble Slab

I remember when Cami from Tidbits first posted this hack, I fell in love! In this IKEA HAVSTA Cabinet Hack Cami used a marble slab to customize the Havsta step-back cabinet design and the gorgeous result speaks for itself.

Black IKEA HAVSTA cabinets with a marble slab laid between the halves at about countertop height.

IKEA Pax Built-Ins

These IKEA Pax Built-Ins from Details by Shelby are farmhouse style perfection. The addition of the shelf and bench adds practicality and additional storage. Love this one!

IKEA PAX built-ins with shiplap, a bench, a shelf, pillows, hooks, and basket storage.

Malm Hacks with New Hardware

These IKEA Malm Hacks (there’s two within the post!) from The Pink Dream are a great example of what can be done by simply adding hardware. If you aren’t ready for an intense DIY hack yet, start small and transform a dresser with luxe hardware. Gorgeous!

IKEA Malm dresser with brass knobs in a bedroom.

IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelves

The inexpensive spice racks IKEA carries are perfect for far more than storing spices! Use the Spice Racks as Bookshelves like this hack from The Turquoise Home. Want more spice rack inspiration? Check out my list of over 21 Spice Rack Hacks.

Three IKEA spice racks used as bookshelves in a girl's bedroom.

Tasseled Curtains

An extended bath in Oxiclean and the addition of pretty tassel trim transformed these IKEA Curtains in this easy hack from She Holds Dearly.

IKEA curtains hanging in a bedroom with a green card catalog nightstand and an iron bed.

Built-in IKEA Bookcases

These Built-in IKEA Billy Bookcases from A Beautiful Mess look so incredibly custom! If you are looking for ideas for creating your own built-ins with IKEA furniture, check out this tutorial.

Built-in shelves painted a gray-green and filled with books and art.

IKEA Besta Hack

This Fluted IKEA Besta Sideboard from A Beautiful Mess is going to be a labor of love, but look how pretty! Removing the legs and adding half round molding is the basis of this hack.

A white BESTA dresser with legs removed and fluted molding applied for a modern finish.


Another great built-in hack, this IKEA Havsta Built-In Hack from @reynoldsresidence on Instagram features tongue-and-groove planks in the back which really levels up the look.

Four white IKEA Havsta cabinets with a built-in TV area and tongue-and-groove planking.

Pantry Storage Cabinets with the IKEA Hemnes

I love this one! This IKEA Pantry Cabinet Storage from Bless’er House is customized with antique mirror window film and green paint. Plenty of storage for food and miscellaneous kitchen goods.

Two green HEMNES cabinets used as pantry storage with gold knobs and antique mirroring in the doors.

Alex Desk Hack

Start with the IKEA Alex drawers and build a desk! Check out this Reel with Jyll Mackie’s IKEA Alex Desk Hack.

A green desk and drawers with a wooden top hacked from IKEA drawers.

Tufted IKEA Karlstad Cushions

Want to make your couch a little more custom? Try this tutorial for How to Tuft IKEA Karlstad Cushions from Oh Everything Handmade.

A gray IKEA couch with added tufting on the cushions.

Rast Nightstand Hacks

The IKEA Rast is a super-basic piece, meaning you can take it any direction you wish. These IKEA Rast Nightstands from Sincerely Marie Designs are a practical hack that levels up the original design.

A navy IKEA Rast Nightstand with a vintage red car and basket of books on top.

ALEX Shelf Vanity Hack

Small space? No problem. Try this EKBY ALEX Vanity Hack from A New Bloom for a minimal vanity that’ll fit easily in smaller rooms.

IKEA hack desk for minimal spaces with a bench for seating and mirror above.

Custom Cork Board Organizers

Grab some plain circular cork boards from IKEA and use them to display favorite memories or stay organized with this Custom Cork Board Organizers tutorial from Oh Everything Handmade.

Six painted corkboard organizers hanging over an entryway table in an entryway.

Mid-Century Dresser with the IKEA Rast

Use the IKEA Rast as the starting point for a mid-century dresser with this Mid-Century IKEA Rast Makeover from Sincerely Marie Designs. With paint, stain, and the addition of some beautiful tapered legs, this hack is a total transformation!

An IKEA hack of the RAST dresser painted yellow and with legs added.

Bekvam Step Stool Makeover

Choose an unfinished Bekvam Step Stool and make it your own like this IKEA Bekvam Step Stool makeover from Lovely Etc.

An IKEA step stool stained with a dark stained and painted with chalk paint on the feet.

IKEA Play Kitchen Hack AND Fridge

There’s no shortage of awesome IKEA Play Kitchen Hacks, but this IKEA Play Kitchen and Fridge from Mrs. B Organized is a huge favorite of mine because hiii, cute lil fridge! Made from a simple mini Billy bookcase. If you love the Pottery Barn Play Kitchens, but don’t feel like handing over the cash for one, this little hack is a more budget-friendly DIY you will love!

An IKEA play kitchen with a Billy Bookcase fridge.

IKEA Rast Nightstands

Sturdy nightstands with plenty of storage are a must-have in any bedroom and the IKEA Rast is up for the job. Check out this IKEA Rast Nightstand Makeover from Simply Beautiful by Angela.

A gray and white Rast Nightstand hack.

Built-ins with Billy Bookcases!

These Billy Bookcase Built-Ins are from @mrs_macs_home on Instagram and they are stunning. I love the styling too!

An oversized white armchair with ottoman and Billy Bookcase built-ins.

Another Billy Bookcase Built-in Idea

Billy bookcases are a longtime IKEA favorite because they are so affordable and practical. Tons of storage at a low price. You can customize them too into gorgeous customized built-ins like these from Lovely Etc. and you’ll never know they started as basic IKEA shelves!

Empty white built-in Billy bookcase shelves in a living room.

Window Seat Hack Using IKEA Cabinets

IKEA cabinets provide this starting place for this DIY Window Seat with Storage from Joyful Derivatives.

A window seat from IKEA cabinets with cushions, pillows, and an adjacent gold end table.

Hemnes Coffee Table Hack

Add tongue-and-groove planks to the top of the Hemnes Coffee Table for this effective coffee table hack from Golden Boys and Me.

A white HEMNES coffee table with tongue-and-groove planking on top.

Ruffled Curtain Tutorial

This Ruffled Curtain Hack from Home Made Lovely is another super-easy hack. Just fold over the tops of long curtains to get a pretty ruffled/layered look. You can do this with any kind of curtain (in fact it’s how I hang my drop cloth curtains too!).

Ruffled white curtains hanging over large windows in a basement with a large gray armchair in front.

Billy Bookcase with Added Arch

This Billy Bookcase Makeover from @thebluepaisleyhome on Instagram features a custom-made arch in the doors that gives the bookcase a fresh look. Here’s a quick video with the before and after.

A blue Billy Bookcase with doors and added arch shape in the doors.

Raskog Vanity Cart

The Raskog Cart is a hacker’s favorite. It’s easy to customize and makes a fantastic moveable storage piece. This IKEA Raskog Makeup Vanity Hack from Polka Dot Chair is great for teens (or grownups!).

A blue-green three-tiered cart with hair and makeup supplies with the words, "IKEA Hack: RASKOG to Vanity Cart".

Tarva Dresser with Legs and Wooden Knobs

This Modern IKEA Tarva Hack from A New Bloom looks great in a nursery! Wood knobs and tapered legs freshen up the look and give it a custom feel.

A white IKEA Tarva dresser with added legs and wooden knobs in a baby's nursery.

Mini Card Catalog

If you like the card catalog look (so cute with farmhouse or vintage décor) check out this IKEA Card Catalog using the IVAR Chest from The Honeycomb Home.

An IKEA hack card catalog nightstand with various décor on top.

Even More IKEA Hacks to Check Out

I couldn’t stop there! Here’s even more IKEA Hacks:

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