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16 Reasons IKEA is a DIYer’s Dream Destination

You may not think of IKEA as a go-to destination for the DIY enthusiast—but it is so much more than just self-assembled furniture and great meatballs. Here are 16 top-notch reasons to consider IKEA for your next project.

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Desk Legs

IKEA's mix and match game is strong, and in no way is this truer than with their extensive selection of table legs. From height adjustable trestle legs to mid-century and Victorian styles, you'll easily be able to find a style to suit any project that requires legs. Plus: How to Fix Wooden Table Legs

Need more IKEA storage tricks? Take a look at this IKEA bread box table hack.

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Shelf Brackets

Shelf Brackets

Shelf brackets that span the style spectrum are another IKEA strong point. These EKBY BJÄRNUM shelf brackets are a perfect DIY companion that can be used with multiple types of wood to create a shelf that is unique to you. There is even a connecting bracket which allows you to create a long run of stylish shelves. Plus: How to Hang Shelves Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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Light Bulbs

A smart-lighting gateway kit can be the perfect way to open the door to high-tech in your home. Dim, time and control light fixtures from your tablet or smartphone with this neat kit and the companion app. Plus: 10 Ways to Take Advantage of New Tech in Your Old House
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Closet Systems

If you're about to embark on a closet transformation, IKEA is a perfect starting point. With several storage options that can adapt to your space, like ELVARLI, you'll find a solution that works for you. Plus: How to Organize Your Closet
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Picture Hooks

Picture Hooks

Finding the right picture hooks when you need them can be a challenge. IKEA's assorted set contains a brilliant, multi-height, vertical picture strip which makes hanging two adjacent frames a cinch. Plus: The Level Hanging Guide Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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From their easy-to-use online planning tools to the on-site kitchen design experts, IKEA gives a full-service experience for a fraction of the price of other stores. This expertise on the front-end of a kitchen project makes the DIY portion easy and rewarding. Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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For any project that requires a hard surface, such as a laundry room, craft room or kitchen, IKEA has a countertop solution. While they are known for their solid wood butcher-block style counters, they carry everything from laminate to solid-surface and can custom cut to your specific needs. Plus: IKEA Hemnes Hack: Built-in Bench
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Knobs and Handles

Sometimes all you need to make a DIY project outstanding is the finishing touch of a new handle. IKEA carries an unparalleled selection of knobs and handles at reasonable prices. Plus: How to Paint Plastic Appliance Handles Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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You don't need a huge bathroom to have the luxury of a double-sink vanity. IKEA's efficient and space-saving designs mean big payback in small rooms like the bathroom. Plus: How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink Without Chemicals Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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It may not be the obvious choice for tools, but IKEA carries a great selection of small tools, like this handy laser level, under its FIXA line. Plus: How to Use a Laser Level Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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Glazing Paint

This glazing paint is designed to add character and protect raw wood surfaces and can be used for any wood finishing project. Offered in five colors this glazing paint provides a subtle transparent effect. Plus: The Secrets to Using and Preserving Paint Brushes and Rollers
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Light Fixtures

Light Fixtures

There will be no shortage of light fixtures on your next IKEA trip. Reasonably priced and fashion-forward, this FOTO hanging pendant will give a dash of color to your room for less than $25. Plus: How to Install a Dimmer Switch Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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IKEA carries a good selection of standard sized batteries, perfect for charging small tools and electronics. And, you can recycle used batteries at IKEA's brick and mortar stores. Plus: How to Test Batteries With a Multi-Tester
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Kallax Cubes

Kallax Cubes

Arguably one of the most versatile IKEA products, KALLAX cubes are a hacker's dream. Transform them into almost anything—like this Kallax craft room storage table. Photo: Courtesy of IKEA
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Many people aren't aware that IKEA carries a good selection of pre-cut and by the yard fabric for DIYers. Perfect for pillows, drapes, upholstery and other projects, IKEA's fabric in fun, vibrant shades and bold patterns is a hands-down winner. Plus: How to ReUpholster a Chair
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As-Is Items

In every IKEA there is a corner of the warehouse that is reserved for "as-is" items which, although slightly damaged, come at deeply discounted prices. This is where you can allow your DIY imagination to take hold. The key to success is to visit often as items come and go quickly. Plus: Mid-Century Modern Console Hack