10 High-End Ikea Hacks That Don’t Look a Thing Like Ikea Hacks

Beth Stebner
10 High-End Ikea Hacks That Don’t Look a Thing Like Ikea Hacks
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Is it just us, or do Ikea hacks often feel a little thrown together and MacGyver-y? I mean, sure, you can throw a coat of paint on a Malm dresser and call it a day, or spend the greater part of a month deconstructing and reconstructing a table to make it look like a different table, but at the end of the day, is all that effort really worth it?

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Thankfully, there are ways to make your Ikea furniture look just as expensive as the other home goods in your apartment, and—bonus points—a lot of them just require a little creativity and a little elbow grease.

Of course, with Ikea hacks, the sky’s the limit, and the only thing stopping you is your ingenuity. We’ve rounded up 10 gorgeous hacks, from bedroom to living room, to help keep your Ikea hacks looking high-end.

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This tutorial shows you how to turn a boring old Malm bed into something that only looks expensive (at around $100) using adhesive Stikwood.

Photo: Sugar and Cloth

Though you probably could have guessed by now, this luxe-looking bedroom has plenty of Ikea in it hiding in plain sight. Get the how-to here.

Photo: Avenue Lifestyle

This is the Olympics of Ikea hacks. The designer used a Linnmon desktop on Lerberg legs and created a faux-marble countertop with—wait for it—contact paper.

Photo: Live Home

All you need is a Kallax bookshelf, a few tools, and a little craftiness and for just more than $100, you have your very own bar cart.

Photo: Sugar and Cloth

Billy Bookcases, $79; at Ikea

Possibly the most gorgeous use of a $79 bookcase we’ve ever seen. Get the tutorial here.

Photo: The Makerista

But that’s not all you can do with Billy Bookcases. Never underestimate what a simple coat of painting and some framing can do.

Photo: Annabode

Can you spot the Ikea in this photo? No? That’s how good this bookshelf tutorial is.

Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuel

Rast Dresser, $34.99; at Ikea

Adding leather to a Rast dresser is another way to make it feel ultra luxe. Get the tutorial here.

Photo: Vintage Revivals

A little paint and some hardware goes a very long way in making your own inexpensive nightstand.

Photo: Vintage Revivals

Gain tons of storage space without sacrificing style. This DIY shows you how to turn Akurum cabinets into floating cabinets.

Photo: Made By Girl

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