11 IKEA Hacks You Can Do In A Weekend To Make Your Home Look Amazing

If you’re suffering from small space-‘it is’ and are low on clever storage solutions that are easy to DIY, keep reading.


When it comes to IKEA hacks, there’s two things that often steers the average DIYer away from the Swedish flat pack king; complexity and time.

But, what if we told you there are IKEA hacks anyone can achieve in as little as a weekend that will not only save you oodles of space, but also time and money.

We’ve put together a list of (vetted) IKEA hacks that can be put together in as little as a day, and don’t require extensive materials, advanced craftsmanship nor a huge wallet. 

From simple office storage solutions to kid’s bedroom makeovers to ingenious kitchen and pantry organization hacks, you’ll love adding these unique and budget friendly hacks to your home.

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Not all of us are blessed with spacious home offices, wide, open desks and space for expensive ergonomic office equipment.

For some of us, working from home either consists of awkwardly typing from the bed or sofa, or trying to make a space somewhere at the kitchen table (whilst the kids are nosily playing with their toys of course).

Whilst this IKEA hack might not solve your posture problems nor your noisy kids, it will help you maximise your make-shift office space and provide a handy office storage solution.

To recreate this fab ikea hack, all you need is a mix of various storage inserts.

Here a combination of Kuggis and Kvissle inserts have been used, but you can of course customise your ottoman to suit your storage needs. Ikea has many designs to choose from!

Materials Needed:

  • Ottoman
  • Storage Inserts (E.g Kuggis and Kvissle Types)

Time To Complete DIY: 10-20 Minutes.



Whether you have a small room, or just never seem to have enough closet space, this IKEA closet total make-over hack using an IKEA RAST is a brilliant way to squeeze every little bit of extra space out of your room.

As with any IKEA hack, you can customise its style to your liking so if black isn’t your thing, simple paint it a different color.

If you’re more a minimalist like me, and prefer your items to not be on display, consider adding mirrored doors to the closet.

Not only will this brighten up your room, but will be make the room look much bigger thanks to the optical illusion.

Materials Needed :

  • Nickel Door Pulls
  • Melanine Boards
  • Gel Paint
  • 2 x 4 Pieces of Wood
  • 24 Inch Wooden Strip
  • Mirrored Doors (optional)

Time To Complete DIY: 1-2 Days

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Struggling to put on make-up under a dim light can cause all sorts of problems; smears, smudges, not to mention unblended streaks only noticeable when you step outside.

With this simple IKEA EKBY makeup vanity hack, make-up becomes just that bit easier to apply.

With ample space for your products and skin care items, you can ditch that messy make-up bag for good.

This glam, Hollywood vanity desk is totally show worthy, and we’re loving the bottom birch brackets, which could easily be spray painted gold to round of the look.

Materials Needed:

  • Ekby Shelf with Brackets
  • Gold Spray Paint (optional)

Time to Complete DIY: 1-2 Hours



Seeking to add an eye catching décor piece to your kitchen area?

Try these mint green, pale pink or abundant yellow dipped stools to add a touch of vibrancy to an otherwise neutral or whitewashed kitchen.

If you already love your kitchen stools, consider repurposing them as plant or terrarium holders in the corner of the room.

Costing around $19, you can’t go wrong with this hack.

Materials Needed:

  • Stools
  • Paint
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Brush
  • Measuring tape or ruler (optional)

Time to Complete DIY: 2-3 Hours (Allow Paint to Dry)



Transform this simple Grundtal rail from IKEA into a stylish, chic glam mug rack with this easy to follow DIY tutorial.

To complete, all you need is some spray paint! Once dry, hang your favorite mugs from the little hooks.

Such a great addition to the kitchen.

Materials Needed:

  • Gold Spray Paint

Time to Complete DIY: 10-20 Minutes



On the lookout for a super stylish and modern addition to your bedroom?

Whilst this IKEA Tarva Dresser Hack might be a bit pricer than the rest of the ideas here, topping in at around $300 to complete, a similar bespoke solution would cost around $800.

Add some simple white lattice pattern overlays over the top of the drawers to complete this geometric look.

There is a company called Overlays that specifically makes overlay patterns for IKEA furniture.

Materials Needed:

  • IKEA TARVA Dresser
  • Brass Handle Pulls
  • Overlays
  • Pretty Pegs
  • Paint and primer
  • Glue/adhesive

Time to Complete DIY: 1-2 Days



Attention: the IKEA RASKOG cart might just be one of the most versatile and practical pieces of IKEA furniture you can get your hands on.

In this post, we featured how to transform one of these into a mobile make-up cart, and in this post, a pantry and kitchen organizer.

Coming in at around $30 to complete, this IKEA RASKOG nightstand is a great space saver for smaller rooms.

Fill with a blanket, good reading material and a sleep mask.

Materials Needed:

  • IKEA RASKOG cart
  • Paint (if you wish to change the color)

Time to Complete DIY: 1-2 Hours



These homeshaped chopping boards are a neat addition to any kitchen area.

Cute, versatile and a real conversation starter, this simple DIY IKEA hack can be completed in around just 20-30 minutes, maybe less if you’re handy with a saw.

Materials Needed:

  • IKEA Chopping Board
  • Compact Circular Saw
  • Table Clamps
  • Painter’s tape or washi tape (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Power sander or sandpaper
  • Food safe mineral oil (MUST be food safe)

Time to Complete DIY: 20-30 Minutes



IKEA’s spice rack holders are yet another versatile piece of furniture that can be transformed into a storage solution pretty much anywhere in the home.

In this post, we documented how they can be turned into a child’s pastel colored bookcase, and in this post, we showed you how to use them as a neat office organizer!

In this simple hack, organize your entryway and hang your keys and other items for those grab and go mornings.

Materials Needed:

  • IKEA BEKVAM Spice Rack Holder
  • Small Cup Hooks
  • Paint (Optional)
  • Nails (they come with the spice rack)

Time to Complete DIY: 10-30 Minutes



Stop burning the tops of your kitchen counters with these adorable IKEA heat placement mats.

Made out of cork trivets, you can customise your mats to fit the style of your kitchen.

Simple and easy hack that can easily be completed in just one weekend.

Materials Needed:

  • 3-pack of IKEA HEAT 7″ cork trivets
  • Wood burner with interchangeable tips and adjustable heat
  • Contact paper stencil (or use paper/stickers to create a stencil, or just freehand the design)
  • Silhouette Cameo (or you could just use scissors/Xacto knife)
  • Pen or marker

Time to Complete DIY: 20-40 Minutes



No space to think? Create a kitchen command center for your busy days ahead, and plan out tasks and jobs ahead of time.

Ideal for small to large families who need some direction before they start the day off.

Even better, double this command center up as your pit-stop morning coffee station so you’re guaranteed to see your to-do list for the day.

Materials Needed:

See the post tutorial above for more details.

Time to Complete DIY: 1-2 Days

Whether you’re seeking a stylish upgrade or simple more space, these simple IKEA hacks are sure to get the job done.

Which IKEA hack are you thinking of trying? Let us know in the comments.

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Charlotte is a renowned Trauma Psychotherapist, Astrologer, and Founder of Typically Topical. With a background in psychology, astrology, and esoteric practice, her soulful guides are read by over 300,000 people every month.

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