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9 Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room

By: Anna Kocharian

It’s easy and smart to rely on Ikea for lots of home staples when the Swedish furniture giant turns out so many quality products at super-affordable prices.

But because so many of us do so, a lot of our spaces can come to feel a bit unoriginal — how many times can you see the same sleek gray loveseat or kitchen table set before it gets boring, you know?

The solution: These clever, creative DIY hacks that elevate Ikea basics to bold statement-makers. Steal these cool tricks for your own home, and reap the stylish rewards.

Custom slipcovers

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Custom slipcovers
Image: Mandi Johnson/A Beautiful Mess

Custom-made slipcovers convert a once snoozy gray sectional into an on-trend statement piece that’s all kinds of comfortable. Here’s how Mandi Johnson of A Beautiful Mess did it.

Related reading: How to Hack Your Ikea Kitchen on a Budget

Chic cabinet fronts

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Chic cabinet fronts
Image: Inger Marie Grini

Superfront’s ultra-chic cabinet fronts never fail to take things to the next level. Who could ever guess that this elegantly modern credenza came from Ikea?

Tour the rest of this Nordic apartment here.

Statement seat

Statement seat
Image: Ikea

A statement seat starts with a splash of paint, while a textured addition will help elevate the overall finish of the piece. This clever update involves a jeweled cotton-thread wrap, which effortlessly complements the saturated paint of the chair.

Get the how-to on Ikea.

Room divider

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Room divider
Image: Jared Smith/Sugar & Cloth

Small space? Don’t fret. We’re taking cues from Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who elevated the Jassa room divider with a colorfully woven detail.

Get the scoop here.

Ladder-inspired storage solution

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Ladder-inspired storage solution
Image: Roland Persson/Livet Hemma

In lieu of lumping your throws into a basket, opt for a more streamlined display. Here, the Ivar’s gable is updated with a cool coat of paint and leaned against the wall, doubling as a ladder-inspired storage solution.

Related reading: We Can’t Wait For Ikea’s Spring 2018 Collaboration, and Here’s Why

Bar cart

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Chic cabinet frontsBar cart
Image: Michael Wiltbank
This update entailed a retro color block, revamping Ikea’s Godmorgon cabinet into a stylish side piece. No bar cart, no problem. Utilize this sturdy cabinet to conceal your barware and spirits.

Get the how-to here.

Style-focused planter

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Style-focused planter
Image: Marwa Hayat/

Every living space deserves an accented green, and a style-focused planter simply goes without saying. We’re loving the tasseled addition to this woven basket.

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Hollywood Regency-inspired credenza

Hollywood Regency-inspired credenza
Image: Mandi Johnson /A Beautiful Mess

Streamlined panels, a wooden top and a complementary set of whitewashed knobs transform a modular Ikea shelf system into a Hollywood Regency-inspired credenza.

Get the how-to on A Beautiful Mess.

Related reading: The Retro Ikea Pieces You Didn’t Know You Needed

Dynamic accent piece

Ikea Hacks That Belong In Your Living Room: Dynamic accent piece
Image: Sarah Sherman Samuel/Stories

For the living room that also functions as a home office, it’s important that the decor of the two areas complement one another. Sarah Sherman Samuel’s ingenious hack entails a lengthy set of Prettypegs extensions, which transform a basic desk into a dynamic accent piece.

Originally published on Domino.

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