Our Favourite Ikea Hacks

We’re big fans of Ikea here at Design Led. Their things are well made, they last and they’re well priced. AND they are becoming increasingly design led in their products (see their collaboration with Tom Dixon and other impressive designers). However, you do run the risk of having your home look like everyone else’s as so many shop there. And that is why we love, love, love a good Ikea hack. We’ve chosen three of our favourites here but there are so many other fab ones!

Billy Bookcase Hack

Everyone likes a built in bookshelf but it can be an expensive piece of joinery to have made bespoke. If you’re looking for a way to get that custom look at a fraction of the price, a hacked Ikea Billy bookcase might just be what you were looking for.

In the images below, such simple solutions were used to make them look built in. The white bookcase from Elise Joseph just uses some extra lengths of timber to bridge up the gaps between each unit and the ceiling and voilá, a built in bookcase. The grey unit from Design Sixty Nine takes a little bit more effort (watch his tutorial to see how he did it) but uses the trick of painting out the unit to match the walls, an instant way of making something non bespoke look like it was designed to be there.

Besta Unit Hack

There are many ways to customise an Ikea Besta unit – paneling, colour, hardware – but one of the most current and stylish ways to do this is by using rattan. Whilst this might require a little bit more effort, it is 100% worth it. If you use a Hanviken door, it’s pretty easy to cut the central section out and just attach some rattan to the backs of the doors – https://www.ikea.com/ie/en/p/hanviken-door-white-60291845/

Top tip for an Ikea Besta unit is to remove the legs and just wall hang it like in the top unit below, immediately a more bespoke look.

Ingefära IKEA plant pot

Plants are such an easy way of bringing some life into your home but nice plant pots can be surprisingly expensive. Ikea have some really inexpensive options but they’re not overly inspiring. But all you need is a bit of paint and a few minutes and you will have a gorgeous stylish plant pot in no time.

This last hack is via https://trendenser.se/2015/03/diy-malad-kruka/#trackback. She literally just painted the Ingefara pot grey and created a gorgeous concrete vibe.

If you have some extra time and wanted to get creative, you could paint some simple patterns on the pot. Darkroom London have some beautiful designs along this line if you’re looking for inspiration – https://darkroomlondon.com/collections/planters?page=2