Who doesn’t love a good Ikea hack? You get to create one-of-a-kind “custom” furniture that looks a lot higher quality than it actually is. Sadly, there is no Ikea in Alaska and they don’t deliver here either, so I’m going to have to wait until this summer when we move to Arizona to start putting all these amazing ideas to use!

I did get lucky and find a couple LACK tables for free on Craigslist because they had some water damage. To see how I transformed these into a small kitchen island, click here.

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How to use 2 LACK tables to create a small kitchen island

Here is a roundup of 31 amazingly creative Ikea transformations to give you some ideas of what you can do with basic Ikea products.

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Ikea Hack Roundup


 I’m going to start this list with one of my absolute favorite Ikea hacks.  Shonee from Hawthorne and Main transformed this Ikea Rast dresser into a work of art.


Ikea RAST hack


And how cute is this transformation of a Rast dresser? Amy from AttaGirlSays  created a perfect seaside chic dresser for her guest room.

I just love this Ikea RAST Hack. The color and hardware are beautiful. And I love all the coastal touches, like the rope trim. #hickoryhardware #sponsored #Ikeahack


Ashley from Cherished Bliss did something really brilliant here and has a full tutorial on how to fake a plank look.

With this simple technique you can create a DIY Plank look without actually using planks. It's a budget friendly alternative and can help you achieve the look you always dreamed of!


You can see how Rose from What Rose Knows turned a Rast dresser into an apothecary cabinet. Gorgeous!

DIY Apothecary Cabinet Ikea Rast Hack


Leanne from Diva of DIY completely changed a Rast dresser into this stunning map drawer dresser. This piece was even featured on tv! Check out her blog for more details.

ikea hack map dresser


Bre from Average But Inspired repurposed her Rast dresser into a drink cart — beautiful and practical!

Jessi from Practically Functional transformed a Rast dresser into a gorgeous Hollywood Regency style nightstand.

Great Ikea hack! Turn a plain Rast dresser into a gorgeous Hollywood Regency nightstand!



Medina at Grillo Designs gave these Kallax cubbies an industrial look. The way she did it is genius.


Shonee from Hawthorne and Main put some legs on a Kallax and totally made it look high-end.

I love this IKEA hack! It has a really fun mid-century modern feel. The whole base is DIYed! awesome!


Shannon from AKA Design added doors with pulls to her Kallax shelves and it looks amazing!


Medina from Grillo Designs not only gave this Billy bookcase an industrial makeover, but the bottom door opens to create a bed for the teddy bear! What kid wouldn’t love that?!

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Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body combined an Aspelund and Billy bookcase to create a whole new piece of furniture….AND she did it twice, so extra points for that.

Painted Furniture

Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof repurposed a Billy bookcase into this super cute dress-up closet.

DIY Dress Up Storage for Kids | IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack | DIY Dress Up Closet | DIY Dress Up Station | Kids Playroom Ideas | Kids Dress Up


Laura from A Step in the Journey added fabric to the drawers of this Tarva dresser and it looks fantastic!


Anika from Anika’s DIY Life added paint, burlap and knobs from Hobby Lobby to pull off this amazing transformation of a Tarva dresser.

The hardware Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof added really made all the difference on this Tarva dresser turned drink bar.

Ashley from Cherished Bliss shows how to stain a Tarva dresser, and it turned out beautifully!

How to Stain an Ikea Tarva Dresser

Shonee from Hawthorne and Main shows how to do this stunning makeover of a Tarva nightstand.


Lauren from the Thinking Closet made some additions to a HOL side table to create the perfect look for this room.

Claire from Pillar Box Blue shares how to add a map to the top of this Hemnes side table.
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Amanda from Love and Renovations took a basic LATT table and gave it a chic glam upgrade.

Every kid needs an awesome space to play - the IKEA LATT table is the perfect canvas for a beautiful play table for your little one!

Tasha from Designer Trapper in a Lawyer’s Body combined a Linnmon table top with a few other pieces to create a custom desk.

WOW! You would never know this is an Ikea desk hack! Talk about a designer look on a budget. Another fantastic Ikea hack by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.


Brynne from The Gathered Home combined Akurum cabinets and Harlig Doors and created her own copper pulls to fashion this amazing desk.

How To Make DIY Ikea Hack Desk with Plank Top and Copper Pulls

KC from The Real Thing with the Coake Family used Vika Adils legs to make a desk in her daughter’s closet.

This corner desk is a genius use of a small space. It is a DIY desk that involves an IKEA Hack. Fun!


Lauren from the Thinking Closet did an amazing job refinishing this Fjell wardrobe.

IKEA Hack: Fjell Wardrobe via The Thinking Closet

Medina from Grillo Designs turned a Pax drawer into toy storage that fits under the bed.A top view of the drawers

Amanda from Love and Renovations added stain to her STENSTORP Kitchen Island and it’s gorgeous!

The STENSTORP island from IKEA is so beautiful and versatile! Here's a review of it and a quick look at an easy way to personalize it and make it your own!

KC from The Real Thing with the Coake Family shares a tutorial on how to personalize this Ikea dresser.

Love this DIY Dresser personalization. Super simple and easy IKEA dresser hack. Great way to add some fun to the kids bedrooms.

Nads and Dani LifeOverEasy turn this Sandes shoe cabinet into a work of art.

Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body made some additions to this LACK table and it’s gorgeous!

 Anika from Anika’s DIY Life added a beautiful paint color and gold hardware to her Ivar Cabinet.


Just add a few planks to the top of a LACK side table and add some stain and paint to give you a weathered/aged look.


These Ikea trestle legs are only $15 each, so $30 total! Add about $50 in lumber and that’s a cheap table!
Click on the picture to read the tutorial and
learn how to make sure your wood doesn’t bow up like this.


  1. Hi Sarah, I am a crafty girl from Germany. And I love, love, love IKEA hacks. After collection ideas on Pinterest forever (yours will be added in just minute ;-)) I just did my first two and will write about them soon on my little blog which I started just recently.

    1. I love them too! I like building furniture, but sometimes I’m just not up for building from scratch so an Ikea hack a great go-to. I’m in Alaska and we don’t have an Ikea here, but when we move this summer I’ll definitely start adding more Ikea projects to my blog. Where in Germany are you? I recently starting working on family history and found out I have a ton of ancestors from the Wurttemberg area. My husband’s dad lived in Germany for 2 years and taught him how to make the most amazing schnitzel and spaetzle. I’d love to see your pictures when you finish your Ikea hacks!

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