Ikea hacks – simple updates on bestselling pieces that anyone can do

Check out these simple Ikea hacks for upcycling budget-friendly furniture into unique, statement pieces

If you don’t want to splurge on new furniture, but equally aren’t a fan of budget-friendly pieces that will result in you having a carbon copy of your friends’ living room, bedroom or home office, take a look at these striking Ikea hacks that are cheap and easy to do.

With a little bit of upcycling and personalisation, you can transform simple Ikea pieces into unique and expensive-looking features in your home.

Read more: Upcycling projects to try at home

1. Give a desk a glam makeover by spraying it rose gold

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Give your home office a stylish feminine makeover by spray-painting your desk with rose gold paint. Remove the glass top from your desk, and take the frame to a well-ventilated area. Clean the frame with a damp cloth, then leave to dry. Spray with primer, leave for four hours, then spray with metallic spray paint. Leave to dry for 24 hours, then place the glass back on top an admire your brand-new desk.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Vittsjo desk, £30, Ikea
Buy Now: Rose gold spray paint, £9 for 400ml, Rust-Oleum at B&Q

2. Use furniture wax to transform a simple desk organiser

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Give an untreated wooden desk organiser a luxe makeover by staining it with finishing wax. Give the drawers a wipe over with a damp cloth and leave to dry. Using a paint or wax brush, apply finishing wax all over the item, then immediately wipe away any excess using a clean rag. How much wax you remove is up to you – we applied plenty to give a lovely deep colour. Leave to dry, and then buff to a soft sheen.

Get the look
Buy Now:
MOPPE mini chest of drawers, £18, Ikea
Buy Now: Furniture wax, £9.20 for 400ml, Rust-Oleum at B&Q

3. Paint the frame of a metal office shelving unit for a style upgrade

Ikea-hack-4-office-shelvingCover the shelves of the unit with newspaper and tape down with masking tape. Wipe down the frame with a damp cloth and leave to dry. Spray with a metal primer spray, then spray with a metallic spray paint. Leave to dry before applying a metal sealer.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Fjalkinge shelving unit, £115, Ikea
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Gold spray paint, £6.29 for 400ml, Plasti-Kote at The Range

4. Turn a boring pine chest of drawers into a beautiful piece of storage

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Simply cover the chest of drawers in a wallpaper of your choice. Begin by painting the sides and top of the chest of drawers with a furniture paint that has a chalky finish. Next, remove the drawer handles and cut your chosen wallpaper to fit flush to the edges of each drawer front. Use a ready-mixed wallpaper paste to stick the wallpaper onto the drawers. Finish it off by adding smart ceramic knobs.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Tarva chest of drawers, £125, Ikea
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Thibault Taza Aqua wallpaper, £63 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

5. Update a headboard to match your new chest of drawers

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Choose a fabric in a co-ordinating shade to the wallpaper you used to transform your chest of drawers. Measure the height and width of your headboard, double the amounts and add 2cm more on each side to allow for a hem. Cut your chosen fabric to size and machine-sew a 2cm hem. Fold it in half widthways, then sew fabric or ribbon ties a third of the way from the top, and then the same again from the bottom. Slip the cover over the headboard and tie at the sides.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Bekkestua headboard, £140, Ikea
Buy Now:
Similar headboard fabric, Harlequin at John Lewis

Read more: Bedroom decorating ideas

6. Turn a plain shelving unit into an attractive kitchen island with shimmering mosaic tiles

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Cover the back of a freestanding kitchen unit with sheets of mosaic tiles. Fix mosaic sheets to the unit using a waterproof wall tile adhesive. Measure and cut a section from a wooden worktop or an old table top so it will extend out beyond the existing unit top on all sides, with enough overhang at the back to form a breakfast bar. Use a cordless drill to make holes in the table top and screw it to the top of the shelving unit.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Värde shelving unit,  Ikea
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Similar mosaic wall tiles, £12.70 per tile, B&Q

7. Paint wooden stools in two colours to match your upcycled island unit

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Give wooden stools a dipped effect by painting them in two shades. Sand the stool all over, then clean it thoroughly to remove all traces of dust. Apply masking tape around the legs where they meet the struts. Paint the top part of the stool white and leave to dry. Turn the stool upside down and remove the tape. Apply fresh tape to protect the new paint, then paint the bottom part of the stool in a mid-grey shade and leave to dry.

Watch our video for this hack.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Bosse Bar Stools, £25, Ikea
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Furniture paint, £14.25 for 750ml, Rust-Oleum at B&Q

8. Turn a basic sideboard into a coastal-style piece using a statement wallpaper

Use a plank-effect wallpaper to give a sideboard a weathered look. Remove the sideboard’s handles, then sand it down all over. Wipe away the layer of dust, then use a ready-mixed wallpaper paste to stick washable wallpaper onto the sideboard’s front, sides and legs. Apply a decorator’s varnish to protect the wallpaper, then leave to dry. Stick laminate flooring to the top of the sideboard with a high-strength contact adhesive. Paint the sideboard’s original wooden knobs to match your chosen wallpaper and screw them back onto the sideboard.

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Watch our video for this hack.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Similar sideboard, £195, Ikea
Buy Now:
Peeling Planks wallpaper, £37.95 per roll, Fashion Wallpaper

9. Give a coffee table a distressed look to match your reinvented sideboard

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Cover this simple coffee table with textured laminate planks. Choose a pale laminate – you’ll need at least six planks. Measure the table top and shelf, and cut the planks to size. Lay the planks on the table top and on the shelf below to work out how to arrange them to fit. Stick the planks down using a high-strength contact adhesive.

Get the look
Buy Now:
Hemnes coffee table, £95, Ikea
Buy Now: Similar laminate planks, B&Q

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