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10 Incredible IKEA Hacks

There's no shortage in creativity when it comes to new ways to use IKEA products. Here are 12 fantastic IKEA hacks that will make you say, "Wow! That's cool!"

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IKEA Sideboard Hack

DIYer Janina used the IKEA Hyllis shelf unit to create a sideboard for her living room. Grab your glue gun, a screwdriver, saw and tape measure and get ready to transform your space with these IKEA hacks.
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IKEA Bunk Bed Hack

Photos on Mommo Design show how you can take two IKEA Kura beds and create a triple bunk bed. The result rivals any of the cool bunk beds you can buy.
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IKEA Office Desk Hack

When it was time for an office makeover, the blogger at Keeps On Ringing purchased an IKEA butcher block tabletop, steel legs and file cabinets. These IKEA hacks created a one-of-a-kind work space. And just hang some artwork and you'll have a space you'll look forward to working in.

Next, take a look at this IKEA drawer hack.

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IKEA Shelf Hack

For a custom floating shelf look, one DIYer took IKEA Lack shelves and hung them on the wall. For a little extra support and a unique look, she added L-brackets. And you can see the process on The House on Stanford.

For more floating DIY IKEA items, try out this DIY floating nightstand.

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Activity Table IKEA Hacks

When blogger Aimee, aka The Crazy Craft Lady, needed a storage solution for her child's toys, she turned to IKEA. She took the Trofast frame and Trofast storage boxes, along with the IKEA Linnmon table top and created this activity table complete with a storage area.

Need more storage hacks throughout your home? IKEA has you covered with even more tricks, like this bread box table hack.

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IKEA Couch Hack

When the writer at Root Simple felt his IKEA Karlstad couch needed some repair, he made some new arms for the couch that were not only sturdy, but cat-friendly.
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IKEA Bookcase Hack

IKEA Bookcase Hack

The IKEA Billy bookcase is one of the store's most popular items. See how clever DIYers have used the bookcases in a wide variety of ways. You can also try painting the bookcase for a pop of color. Oh and, if you're looking for IKEA Billy Bookcase alternatives, we've got you covered for that, too! Photo: Courtesy of The Spruce
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IKEA Cabinet Hack

You can use IKEA cabinets, such as the Besta, to create a media center. And before you get started, don't forget to measure correctly so everything fits just right.
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IKEA Dollhouse Hack

One DIYer took the IKEA Billy bookcase, along with some screws, glue, paint and beadboard, and transformed it into a dream dollhouse.
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IKEA Headboard Hack

It was once a desk, now it's a headboard! Sarah at Pretty Providence used the IKEA Linnmon desk top as a desk until she no longer had room for it. Then she realized that the desktop fit perfectly as a headboard for her queen-sized bed. She used tape to create stripes and attached it to the wall. You could also try painting the headboard with your favorite paint.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.