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35+ Amazing Ikea Hacks to Decorate on a Budget

Let’s be honest, decorating a home can get so incredibly expensive. We recently went from a one bedroom apartment in LA to buying a house so we had so much to buy to furnish it. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, so I have used Ikea hacks like these to decorate my home on a budget. For instance, I recently used Ikea Billy bookcases to create gorgeous built-in shelves in my office like you will see below.

I’ve scoured the internet for the best Ikea hacks and am going to share with you room by room. With these ideas, you can easily decorate your home to look amazing for a fraction of the price. So, let’s start the Ikea hacks home tour, shall we?

Entryway Ikea Hacks

1. Color-Dipped Entryway Table Ikea Hack

Looking for a fun entryway table that is budget-friendly? Look no further than this Ikea SVALBO hack. It is perfect and less than $100. I love that it adds a fun pop of color to your space. ( via The Sweet Beast Blog )

2. DIY Entryway or Mudroom Bench

Ok, so I just fell into a black hole of Ikea hack YouTube videos. I just couldn’t stop watching all the amazing ideas including this one. Using the Ikea shelf, you can create this cute & super functional storage bench for your mudroom or entryway.

Bedroom Ikea Hacks

3. Ikea Apothecary Cabinet Hack

This Ikea hack using the TARVA dresser is such an amazing DIY furniture project! It looks like an apothecary cabinet that would cost a fortune at West Elm or Anthropologie, but no! This DIY apothecary cabinet is perfect for any budget. ( via Dupetitdoux )

4. $10 Leather Pulls Dresser Hack

Instantly make your Ikea dresser look more expensive with this super simple modification! ( via Sugar & Cloth )

5. Cheap & Easy DIY Painted Basket Ikea Hack

I love buying storage containers and baskets. They instantly make a cluttered space look tidy and organized. However, you want your storage pieces to add to your home decor and not look out of place. That is why I love this DIY storage basket. It is adorable, colorful, and the perfect piece to help organize your bedroom or a kid’s room. It is truly as easy as painting an Ikea basket and adding some pom poms, but makes all the difference. ( via Tell Love & Party )

6. Ikea Tarva Hack

Can you believe how different the before & after look? The Ikea Tarva dresser is transformed into this glam white & gold beauty for this Ikea hack. ( via Sarah Sherman Samuel )

7. Ikea Hack Headboard

If you have never heard of Stikwood before, prepare to be amazed! This stuff is a DIYers dream. It is reclaimed wood with adhesive backing. In the Ikea hack above, it is stuck to the plain Ikea MALM bed frame to create this gorgeous custom look that is so cheap & easy to recreate. ( via Sugar & Cloth )

Living Room Ikea Hacks

8. Easy DIY Built-Ins From Ikea BILLY Bookcases

This is an Ikea hack must that I have done myself and am obsessed with! Built-in bookcases instantly upgrade your house to look custom and expensive looking. However, there’s a reason that they look expensive…they are. Well, not these! This Ikea hack using the BILLY bookcases, lets you create gorgeous built-ins for a fraction of the price. ( via 11 Magnolia Lane )

9. Under $50 Marble & Copper Side Table

If you have read my other posts, you know that marble contact paper (I bought mine cheap on Amazon here ) is one of my favorite DIY supplies because it can transform just about anything to make it expensive looking for practically nothing. Then, combined with the copper legs, this ikea hack side table hits it out of the park! ( via Style Me Pretty )

10. DIY Light Ikea Hack Using a Bowl

Ikea hacks are not just limited to furniture! There are all sorts of DIY home decor accessories you can make as well like this gorgeous and inexpensive light fixture. Would you believe this is made out of a Ikea bowl?! Watch the video to see just how simple it is to make.

11. Cheap Ikea Stool Hack

I love home decor pieces that bring the outdoors in like this side table Ikea hack. All you need to recreate this gorgeous piece is a cheap Ikea stool and a slice of wood. Talk about budget friendly! ( via burkatron )

12. Ikea Painted Furniture Hack

If you saw a photo of this gorgeous furniture piece, would you ever believe it was made from an Ikea piece? I sure wouldn’t! It looks like one-of-a-kind and that really is the great thing about Ikea hacks: you can turn budget-friendly items into unique items that look so expensive. I would have never dreamed of painting a piece of furniture this dark olive green color, but I’m kind of obsessed with it.

13. Ikea Rug to DIY Pouf

Poufs are such a hot home decor piece right now, but they can be surprisingly expensive. Well, not this one! She covered an old Ikea cube/footstool that she had, but the Ikea Jordbro bean bag cube would also be perfect. Then, you can select the perfect fabric to match your home decor and you have a custom DIY pouf. ( via Kristi Murphy )

14. TV Stand Ikea Kallax Hack

This genius Ikea Kallax hack (formerly the Expedit) creates a super functional TV console with an incredible amount of storage! It is a great example of a project that is both super functional and great looking. It would be perfect for a family room with lots of kids. ( via HoneyBear Lane )

15. Ikea Rug Pillows

Sometimes all you need to make your room feel and look more homey is to accessorize with things like throw pillows. Ikea has great, cheap pillow inserts that I have bought and you can easily create your own pillow covers with Ikea rugs! This would look perfect in a farmhouse style home. ( via Martha Stewart )

16. West Elm Knockoff KALLAX Hack

Drooling over the gorgeous mid-century modern buffet from West Elm, but don’t have the budget for it? This Ikea KALLAX hack is just what you need. I adore the beautiful gold handles and basket details she added. ( via Dupetitdoux )

17. 5-Minute DIY Copper End Table Hack

I always want to make DIY furniture, but I am not the most skilled with woodworking and construction, so I can get intimidated by more complicated projects. If you are like me and want a project you can easily pull off, check out this super easy Ikea hack. Using an Ikea melamine tray and a camping stool, you can create this stylish end table in 5 minutes! ( via Poppytalk )

18. Modern Ikea Kallax Hack

This post just goes to show you how simple Ikea hacks can be! By just adding a unique pair of legs this Ikea Kallax shelf, it completely transforms the piece into this mid-century modern piece that I cannot get enough of! ( via Hawthorne & Main )

Ikea Hacks for the Dining Room

19. Gorgeous Rustic Sideboard

How gorgeous is this rustic sideboard? I want to make it so badly! This is a perfect example of how you can use an Ikea hack as the foundation and then add details or a facade like this to customize it to look like one of a kind. This beautiful piece is made out of the Ikea BESTA cabinet. ( via Place of My Taste )

Wall Art Ikea Hacks

20. Easy DIY Hanging Wall Art

Thanks to Google translate, you can take advantage of this fabulous Ikea hack that comes to you all the way from Germany. While this looks like an expensive, hand painted wall hanging, it is actually created using a piece of Ikea NATTGLIM fabric! Plus, these wood strip hanging frames are a genius solution for a budget-friendly framing solution. Prefer to buy instead of DIY? Get one of these frames for under $20 on Amazon . ( via paulsvera )

21. Painted Frame Ikea Hacks

Speaking of budget-friendly wall art, I always go to Ikea for inexpensive frames for my walls. I love this Ikea hack to make these JALLVIK frames more unique with a simple coat of paint. ( via Poppytalk )

Kitchen Ikea Hacks

22. Organized Pantry Ikea Jars Hack

Need to organize your pantry? Well this Ikea hack is perfect for you. I love the look of these labeled KORKEN jars from Ikea. She simply wrote on them using a white chalk marker from Michael’s. However, if you don’t trust your handwriting, here are some free printable pantry labels you can use. ( via Manhattan Nest )

23. 10-Minute DIY Cutting Boards

Using generic Ikea cutting boards, you can create these fun geometric and house-shaped cutting boards that are much more unique and interesting. ( via Paper and Stitch )

24. Dipped Ikea Stools Hack

All the unfinished wood pieces at Ikea are perfect for cute color-dipped makeovers like this one. And these cute little stools are only $19 each, so you can’t go wrong. ( via Style Me Pretty )

25. DIY Scallop Cork Placemats

Dress up plain Ikea cork placemats with this adorable scaloped pattern that is so easy to do! Seriously, it is so simple using masking tape and a foam pouncer. Don’t have one? Try a wine bottle cork as the stamp instead. This reminds me about our post on DIY stamps repurposed from everyday objects you wont’t believe. ( via Sarah Hearts )

26. Ikea Rast Bar Cart Hack

Transform a Ikea Rast dresser into this fun bar cart! I love the navy color choice with gold accents and the cute towel rack on the side. ( via Average But Inspired )

27. Ikea Hacked Dessert Cart

This next Ikea hack made from the TRENDIG table is perfect for hosting parties. It would be perfect for setting out desserts, cocktails, or appetizers when entertaining. She styles is so cute too with the matching scalloped canisters for storage. I bet you’d never guess that they used to be covered in a Rooster pattern?! The power of spray paint! Check out our spray paint projects post for more inspiration. ( via Sugar & Cloth )

Craft Room or Office Ikea Hacks

28. DIY Faux Gold Desk Drawers

Glam up your plain white Ikea ALEX drawers with some gold foil. This is such a simple and inexpensive upgrade that will cost you less than $10 and will be done in minutes. ( via Sugar & Cloth )

29. Ikea Grid Moodboard for Your Office

You don’t need to know your way around a nail gun and circular saw to make some amazing Ikea hacks! This one is super simple using the BARSO Trellis and some spray paint. I’ve said it a ton and I will say it again: spray paint is the single best thing you can use to makeover home decor pieces. You will not believe the before & afters! Check out our post for more inspiration. ( via The Beauty Dojo )

30. Ikea Hack Craft Room Work Table

For less than $200, you can easily create this functional craft room table that has tons of storage! These pieces go so well together, everyone will think that’s how you bought it. ( via Landeelu )

31. DIY Marble & Copper Ikea Desk Hack

This next Ikea hack is super glam! You can create this gorgeous rose gold & marble desk from the Ikea VITTSJO desk. It is the perfect way to spruce up a small office space or put it in your bedroom where it can double as a desk and makeup vanity.

32. DIY Stationary Box

These adorable painted Ikea boxes are perfect for storage in your craft room or office. Fill them with supplies, pens, paintbrushes or whatever you need to organize. Tidy up your space and they look super cute – definitely a win-win! ( via Passion Shake )

Ikea Hacks for a Kid’s Room or Nursery

33. Adorable Dresser Turned Changing Table

Is this not the most gorgeous, rich green color you’ve ever seen? If you love it as much as I do, it is Valspar’s Cliveden Forest. This is yet another example of the simplest & most effective Ikea hack method: paint it and add new hardware. Just like that, a simple Ikea dresser is transformed into this focal point of the room. And guess what? You don’t have to worry if the existing paint is chipped so you can get some serious deals on Craigslist. In fact, they got this dresser for free! ( via Paige Jones )

34. Ikea DUKTIG Play Kitchen Hack


Would you believe that this dreamy play kitchen started out as an Ikea DUKTIG in terrible condition, which she picked up for $8? You won’t believe the before and after of this project! Just goes to show you what a little Mod Podge and spray paint can do! ( via Anchors & Honey )

35. Toys Made Out of Ikea Cardboard Boxes

This Ikea hack is brilliant! Not only can you hack the furniture you buy at Ikea, but you can make adorable kid’s toys out of the cardboard boxes! Your kids are guaranteed to love these cardboard mountain tunnels for their train set. Check out the post for even more ideas. ( via Petit & Small )

Garage Ikea Hacks

36. Garage Workbench Ikea Hack

This Ikea hack combines not one, not two, but three Ikea furniture pieces for the ULTIMATE Ikea hack! That’s right, she uses the Ikea RAST dressers, LINNMON table tops, and KALLAX shelves to create this masterpiece that is as cute as it is functional. ( via Polished Habitat )

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