94 Cool And Interesting IKEA Hacks, As Shared By Members Of This Design-Savvy Online Community (New Pics)

Grab your Allen wrenches, thinking caps, and emergency frozen meatball supplies, dear Pandas—we’re going on an adventure.

It’s hard to imagine furniture and interior design without the influence of IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer that has become a global phenomenon. The world would be a very different place without its flat-pack, low-cost, self-assembled, minimalistic furniture. And though the stuff you can buy there is great, some people like to take it a step further.

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Enter, stage left: the ‘IKEA Hacks’ subreddit. A popular online community, it unites IKEA lovers from around the globe who have a passion for ‘modding’ furniture and furnishings to create great-looking interiors. Some go the upcycling or repainting route while others combine different IKEA products in unexpected ways. Check out some of the sub’s best recent pics and modding tips below.

Once you’ve upvoted your fave hacks (and shared a few of your own!), take a peek at Bored Panda’s earlier articles about the subreddit here: Part 1 and Part 2. And if you’re a fan of IKEA and loved the idea behind the subreddit, consider joining it—they’re a friendly bunch.

Bored Panda reached out to Ariane Sherine, the editor at These Three Rooms. She explained why IKEA is so popular, and shared her furniture trend predictions for 2023. Read on to check out what she told us!

#1 IKEA Kallax Entry Bench Hack

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#2 A Most Basic Hack, But Some Amazon Hairpin Legs On My Kallax Really Brings It To Life

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#3 Turned My Nissafors Utility Cart Into A Cat Bunk Bed To Keep The Cats Off Of My Desk While I Work

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Bored Panda wanted to get design expert Ariane’s opinion about why the furniture made by IKEA is so ubiquitous and appeals to so many people around the world.

“IKEA furniture is both classic and modern. It has clean lines, unobtrusive handles and is sturdy, reliable, and great value,” the editor at These Three Rooms shared with us.

“It manages to be all these things across a wide range of styles. It’s ubiquitous partly because of its Scandinavian style—Scandi has been a huge trend in interiors for a long time. It has a calming feel and suits pretty much any design scheme.”

#4 Large Planters Are So Expensive, So We Used Filir Trash Cans + Hedges To Build A Patio Privacy Enclosure

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#5 Built In And Painted My Billy Bookshelves And It Turned Out Great

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#6 Milsbo Greenhouse!

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Meanwhile, the expert shed some light on the furniture we’ll see trending in 2023.

“Chunky, solid furniture is very on-trend right now,” Ariane, the editor at These Three Rooms, revealed to Bored Panda.

“Curved designs are also very popular, such as curved coffee tables and dining tables. In terms of materials, you’ll see a lot of chairs covered in bouclé and velvet.”

#7 Upcycled Besta

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#8 I Made A Secret Place For Reading

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#9 Obsessed With My Tarva Hack ? Stain, Sealer, And New Hardware

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The r/ikeahacks subreddit was created all the way back in 2011. But it wasn’t until redditor u/6745408 took over as the moderator that the online community truly began to flourish. They told Bored Panda that the subreddit is “chugging along nicely.”

They also shared a cool IKEA hack they saw on Instagram with us. They said that it’s worth an honorable mention and would “make for a nice corner liquor cabinet” or something similar.

#10 A Lot Of Billies, One Gnedby And Some Doors. Plus Extra Panelling

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#11 Our IKEA Rudsta Cabinet Greenhouse After Three Months Progress

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#12 Besta Hack

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During an earlier interview with the moderator, Bored Panda learned more about the subreddit, its history, and how the group changed over time.

“I’m not sure who started it, but one night I was looking for a way to make the POÄNG chair more ergonomic or even less bouncy,” moderator u/6745408 told Bored Panda earlier.

“I found /r/ikeahacks with a few hundred subscribers and a lot of spam and no moderators. I figured I’d request the sub, set up some simple automation to clean it up and find someone to mod it,” they revealed.

The POÄNG chair project never came to fruition. However, the upside was that redditor u/6745408 took over managing r/ikeahacks. This was a huge step in the right direction, as the subreddit began steadily growing under new leadership.

#13 Mulig Blanket Rack. Buy Two, Butt Them Together Vertically


#14 Rast Nightstand For My First IKEA Hack

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#15 My IKEA Hack: Malm With Lilltrask Top For Home Office

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According to the mod, r/ikeahacks is “a really nice community, for the most part. The ideas people come up with are really great, too.” Pretty much everyone who’s a member of the sub is interested in modding IKEA furniture. While many put their ideas to practice, others stick around for the awesome pics and interior design inspiration.

“Flat-packed furniture isn’t far off from LEGO. Even simple hacks like adding legs to a shelving unit can elevate a piece of furniture. A lot of IKEA furniture is nice enough on its own, but building in shelving units, for instance, can really make a place feel like a permanent space, which is important,” the moderator told Bored Panda back in May.

“When it comes down to it, if your space needs something, you can usually find the parts to create the perfect piece of furniture, even if it takes a little planning and elbow grease,” the mod explained that flexibility and imagination are key.

#16 IKEA Hack – Study/Office

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#17 Presenting The Kitty Kullen

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#18 My Old IKEA Lamp Was Boring So I Crocheted A New One

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There are only three rules that the community members have to follow. Their posts have to be on-point, fresh, and safe. For instance, if the post doesn’t contain “any useful information for IKEA Hackers,” it shouldn’t be posted in the first place.

What’s more, redditors should avoid reposting old content for the sake of attention and “cheap karma.” Finally, there’s no room for any hacks that are unsafe and could lead to severe injury.

#19 Finally Almost Done With A New Entertainment/Library

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#20 My Husband Just Built Me This Beauty! Bestå + Gersby And A Whole Lot Of Love

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#21 We Used Seven Havsta Cabinets To Create Faux Built-Ins!

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Most people can intuitively tell whether a product is well-designed, even if they might not be be able to articulate it very well. Usually, if something’s designed poorly, there’s just ‘something off.’ It might be an unergonomic design, an imbalance focus on aesthetics over function, or something else entirely.

#22 My Floating Desk Made With 2 IKEA Trotten 160x80cm

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#23 Kitchen Pantry, My First IKEA Hack

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#24 Gerdie And Pudda Make A Great And Cute Cat Bed

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During a previous interview, Tim Antoniuk, a design specialist from the University of Alberta, explained to Bored Panda the first impressions really matter in the world of design. 

Tim Antoniuk, from the University of Alberta, explained to Bored Panda during an earlier interview that people can intuitively tell if something is designed well or poorly. First impressions really do matter when it comes to design. And as the world continues to rapidly change and evolve around us, we come to realize that some designs aren’t as timeless as we previously thought. However, furniture tends to be more ubiquitous.

#25 IKEA Kallax TV Setup Total Cost £220

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#26 I Got My Friend Who Is A Sign Writer To Hand Paint Our IKEA Kitchen Units. I Installed The Kitchen Myself And Built The Extension To The House That It Sits In

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#27 Laundry Room Remodel Using Mostly IKEA Kitchen Cabinets And Countertop

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“As new layers get added into our lives, things naturally have an evolutionary cycle. This is different from furniture which naturally can be more ubiquitous and designed to fit the human body,” Antoniuk told Bored Panda earlier.

Our personal tastes muddy the waters a little bit, meaning it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between what’s a quality design and what’s a subjective preference.

#28 Ivar Cabinets I Turned Into Industrial Locker Themed Guinea Pig Cages. These Pictures Are ~2 Years After The Build, It’s Held Up Excellent!

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#29 Framed In Some Pax Units For A Walk In Closet

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#30 Made Some Changes To The Ställ

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“The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality,” the design expert pointed out.

“Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred.”

#31 Finally Finished My Built-In Billy Headboard!

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#32 Upscaled My Old Beat Up Kallax!

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#33 I Made An Extra Kallax I Had Into A Bar Cabinet

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#34 Nordli Headboard Converted Into Vertical Garden

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#35 IKEA Moppe Hack

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#36 The Trotten-Idasen Desk

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#37 Method Kitchen Drawer Hack

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#38 IKEA Besta & Hanviken Door

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#39 Bought Used Pax With Damaged Back. So We Put Wallpaper To Cover Damages

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#40 Had A Gap Between Our Kitchen Cupboards And Larder Unit, Put A Skadis Board On Some Drawer Runners To Make A Pull-Out Knife Rack/Spice Rack

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#41 Three Stall Units With Custom Fronts, Handles And Salvaged Large Marbled Tile On Top… Used To Store Linens And Other Small Items. Upstairs Hallway

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#42 Kallax Hanging Cat Apartment

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#43 Komplement Pants Drawer As A Wine Shelf!

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#44 IKEA Platsa Hack

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#45 Saw It On Tiktok. It’s A Work In Progress But I Like It

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#46 Knoxhult With Infinite Amount Of Hacks

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#47 Alex Drawers + 2x Säljan Countertop Desk W/ Leds Between Them

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#48 Ivar Christmas Tree

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#49 4×2 Kallax Converted Into A Dresser With Lights And Legs (Not Finished Yet)

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#50 My Kallax Bedside Table (I Have One On Either Side Of The Bed)

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#51 Toddler Wardrobe Using Trofast And Upprymd Boxes (Inspired By Ig Halfway_montessori)

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#52 We Are Slowly Rolling Out New Designs For IKEA Dressers Which Made Me Wonder What The Oldest Dresser Line Sold At IKEA Is? I’m Guessing The Malm? I Know The Rast And Tarva Have Also Been Around A While

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#53 Headboard With The Starreklinte Carpet

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#54 Ivar Laundry Cab Hack

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#55 Built-In Billy Hack

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#56 Some Man-Boy Geek Storage

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#57 I Moved Into A House With Lower Ceilings So I Repurposed My Pax Wardrobe Cabinets That Used To Be On The Top Of My Wardrobes Into A Bench And Put Two Kleppstad Side By Side. The Pax Cubby Is Really Sturdy And The Doors Open Without Damaging The Floor

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#58 IKEA Storage Lids —> Temporary Window

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#59 Skådis Panel Hack For A Small Kitchen W High Ceilings, It Keeps The Junk Out Of Sight And Tools In Reach

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#60 Laundry Room Facelift With Sektion Cabinets And Slat Wall

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#61 Built A Home Bar. Two Black IKEA Brimnes Cabinets, A Butcher Block, And Some Brackets (From Amazon) For The Shelves

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#62 I Have Way More Respect For Carpentry Now

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#63 Small Conservatory Using Kallax As Seating And Toy Storage

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#64 DIY Cabinets With Billy Bookcases

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#65 Lövbacken Leg Hack

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#66 Not As Impressive As Some Of The Creations On Here, But I Modified Billy

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#67 My Latest Project

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#68 IKEA Karlstad: 7 Year Old White Cover vs. New Cover From Comfort Works

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#69 Pax Wardrobes “Hacked” To Look Like Fitted Furniture

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#70 Ivar Corner Post -> TV Legs

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#71 Two Person Desk – My Wife And I Occasionally Each Work From Home So I Put This Together

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#72 Äpplaryd With Painted Legs/Frame

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#73 Nymåne Mount For Ivar. Made With Scrap Ivar Parts And Plywood

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#74 Ivar Cabinets Is A Steal!

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#75 Lighting Hack: Adding Some Midcentury Vibes To IKEA Grönplym Plug-In Wall Sconces

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#76 I Implemented A Desk In The Elvarli System

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#77 Luftmassa + Blanda Matt Light Fixture

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#78 Desk Update As Promised! I Still Have Alot To Do But I Am Waiting On My Stuff To Come In. I’m Liking It So Far!

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#79 Pax Shelves Not In Stock, So I Used IKEA Cutting Boards Instead. Almost Perfect Fit

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#80 Little Wallpaper Backing For The Billy Does It Quite A Bit Of Justice!

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#81 “Built In” Pax Walk-In

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#82 IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack

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#83 Maleras & Radiator Shelf Brackets For A Small Shelf With No Wall Damage

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#84 Modified Aurdal Closet

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#85 Tarva To Mid Century Modern

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#86 Update: My Upcycled Docksta Turned Out Great. Lots Of Trial And Error To Make Sure The Glass Stayed In Place

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#87 Came Across This Lightweight Standing Desk Converter Using A Lack Side Table

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#88 Upgraded Our 7-Year-Old Bekvam Kitchen Cart. I Only Ever Used Butcher Block Oil On It Before

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#89 My Kallax Coffee/Drink Bar

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#90 Easy Hemnes TV-Bench

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#91 Pegboard Nerd

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#92 Crafting Corner With Storage For 150 €

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#93 Having To Drain A Kiddie Pool. 6 Of These Clips Saved Me A Lot Of Time!

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#94 Two Person Desk – My Wife And I Occasionally Each Work From Home So I Put This Together

#95 IKEA Sniglar Baby Bed Converted Into A Puppy Crate!

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