6 Best IKEA Hack Furniture Pieces

6 Best IKEA Hack Furniture Pieces

The Best IKEA Hack Furniture for DIYers

Looking for good IKEA furniture to hack is different than just looking for good IKEA furniture. DIYers, you know what I mean!

IKEA has some great furniture pieces that are super versatile and perfect for making your own with easy IKEA hacks.

If you are new to hacking IKEA pieces or a veteran, you will want to check out these 6 best IKEA hack furniture pieces.

These sturdy dressers, tables, shelves, and more have great bones to become fabulous semi custom DIY furniture pieces for your home.

Our favorite IKEA pieces to hack are solid and square.

Solid wood or solid IKEA “cardboard” style makes it easy to adapt pieces to fit your style and aesthetic.

A basic square shape gives you a great blank slate to add different shelves or organizers, plus is a great surface for paint or spray paint, wallpaper or other decorations.

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For these reasons, our top 6 Best IKEA Hack Furniture Pieces are:

We’re also big fans of IKEA’s outdoor patio furniture and their kitchen cabinets — no hacks required! (Check out Whitney’s beautiful IKEA kitchen here, too.)

But for these best IKEA hack furniture picks, let’s discuss why we like each — and give you lots of ideas for how to hack it!

Plus, don’t pass up the very hack-able shelf brackets and table legs as you wander the IKEA maze! 

Hacks for IKEA Rast Dresser — (also found on Amazon)

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The Rast dresser is simple with lots of clean lines, making it the perfect dresser to hack.

Legs can easily be added, paint or stain it any color you like and add some new knobs. Before you know it it will go from simple to wow.

Check out these amazing IKEA RAST dresser hacks & transformations.

Madeline turned an awkward nook into a built-in media center and TV console using 2 inexpensive RAST dressers.

This mirrored turned leg dresser hack that Sarah completed looks nothing like its humble RAST chest beginnings!

See more High Class IKEA Hacks that don’t look anything like flat-pack furniture!

Double the fun… 2 small RAST dressers, a bit of lumber, and a couple legs made for this perfect nursery storage dresser with storage and changing table for Betty’s home!

And 6 more amazing IKEA RAST dresser hacks: 

Hacks for Expedit/Kallax Cube Shelf (also found on Amazon)

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The KALLAX cube shelf unit (formerly EXPEDIT) looks like a funky and fun piece without any hacking involved, but wow there are so many ways to spice them up.

Want to build your own large cube storage shelf? Use our plans to build this cubby shelf as an entry table or changing table.

Add doors, flip them on their side, create a faux built-in. And don’t forget the possibilities with spray paint (use the right primer!), a new desktop, or a little bit of creativity.

You can also find similar large 13″ cube shelves at Target, Walmart, Home Depot, and other retailers, woohoo!

You might also want to check out the TROFAST series for different size/shape configurations for your shelving and storage solutions, like this easy DIY Lego table.

Check out these amazing Kallax hacks & transformations.

One of our favorites: how to fake an IKEA built-in! A bit of extra baseboard makes this cube shelf look built-in and permanent but it’s totally moveable — perfect for renters.

Wrapping a cube shelf with wood and adding legs like Corinna did takes the KALLAX from basic to mid-century beautiful.

We saw a similar look at a homeshow — so easy to just add a solid wood top and sides to several cube shelves for a long cubby organizer!

Honey Bear Lane hacked the KALLAX and a couple of bookcases to make this amazing long storage console for under her TV to hold media and toys.

Bettina turned a KALLAX cube shelf into flat file drawers — perfect for art or large papers, and it looks amazing!

A bit of plywood backing and some inexpensive furniture legs make this cube shelf a beautiful freestanding display for books and decor at Delia Creates.
DIY Shelving Delia Creates

A bit of pipe and DIY barn door hide the TV perfectly in this large EXPEDIT unit turned tv console via IKEA Hackers.

Hacks for IKEA Ingo wood table (also found on Amazon)

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The Ingo small table!!! I mean it looks like just a table, right? Wrong!!!

Paint it, stain it or cut right into the table top for some incredible changes that will make you think this is more than just a table.

See some of these fabulous INGO Ikea table hacks.

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Hacks for Billy Bookcase (also found on Amazon)

I adore bookshelves, because I love books. And the Billy bookcase is a winner in my book, whether you just need a solid decent-looking bookshelf or you’re hacking it into a new look.

Again, the simple lines on furniture pieces lend themselves to be manipulated into something so much better.

Add some molding, doors and more for a new look that isn’t just a plain bookcase like these Billy makeovers.

BILLY is a standard because it’s been around for so long. But depending on your size needs, the GERSBY bookcase, BESTA unit, BRIMNES shelf, or EKET storage system can also be great options.

You might also consider using the inexpensive HYLLIS metal shelf or the affordable IVAR wooden shelf system pieces to create open shelving solutions like these:

Marianne turned an outdated nook into a great desk with storage using a few Billy Bookcases.

Tamara build her own custom built-in TV console with plenty of storage!

Turn a bookcase into a storage hutch by adding a custom base:

More amazing IKEA Billy hacks: 

Hacks for Tarva dresser (also found on Amazon)

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The Tarva series offers some great wood chest dressers (as well as a nightstand and bed frames).

Three, five or six drawer dresser varieties give lots of possibility for hacking and areas to put them in your home.

The legs on the Tarva chest (and the rest of the line) are nice because you can wrap them with slats of wood for a more solid look, or cut them into a more interesting shape like this.

Change out the knobs for pulls and instant apothecary chest.

We added this built-in closet using a TARVA dresser and an older IKEA wardrobe.

BONUS: For a quick and easy update, add peel and stick wallpaper to the flat drawer fronts of the TARVA or HEMNES dresser.

Here are plenty more ideas to hack a Tarva chest.

image courtesy of IKEA.com

One little cart. So simple. So adorable. So many possibilities.

Hacking a RASKOG cart is more about how you use it than cutting it up like some of these other hacks.

This little rolling cart can hold spices, beauty supplies, art supplies, cleaning materials… anything you can think of! Plus, the wheels make it super easy to move around.

Similar carts are also available at Michaels craft store, Walmart, Target, Amazon, and other retailers. 

Look at these Raskog cart hacks and pick your favorite one so you can bring home this fun cart next time you head to IKEA.

Runner-Up: Hacks for the Bekvam Line

The BEKVAM spice rack and step stool are both solid wood and ripe for hacking!

Honorable Mention: Hacks for the Lack Table and Shelf

The little ol’ LACK tables and shelves are great pieces for beginning DIYers who don’t want to build a side table or a floating shelf from scratch.

What are your favorite pieces to hack from IKEA?? We’ve got 70+ more great IKEA projects here to inspire you!

First Published 30 Mar 2016 // Last Updated 09 Feb 2022

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