7 Genius IKEA hacks That will Transform your Home on a Budget

4 prong pleat hooks from the side -learn how to pinch pleat IKEA curtains in this post

I searched for inspiration and came up with these crazy good IKEA hacks you’ll enjoy seeing. I’m definitely in my happy place when I’m walking around the IKEA showroom. So many ideas!

There are many IKEA hacks out there that are just ‘meh.’ But I do LOVE to save money, and I love to create beautiful home decor that isn’t expensive – but looks it.

Decorating a home can get expensive very quickly. This is an excellent way to furnish your home in style at a reasonable price. These are some of the best IKEA hacks out there that you have to try.

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1. Rast Dresser IKEA Hack

IKEA Rast Hack with Legs - Full Tutorial in Post!

Check out my rast dresser hack! I wanted an antique-looking dresser but couldn’t find one at thrift stores. I grew impatient. And then I went to IKEA. I took their Rast Dresser and turned it into the furniture I wanted.

2. Make your own Pinch Pleated Curtains

4 prong pleat hooks from the side -learn how to pinch pleat IKEA curtains in this post

Pinch-pleated curtains are gorgeous but expensive. Did you know that you can pinch pleat *most* IKEA curtains? A great way to get the look for less!

Pinch pleated sheer curtains hung on a window

3. SKOGSTA Stools

These stools are under $20! I am thinking of 101 ways to use these little guys around my house. In the bathroom, in my kid’s rooms, in the playroom, in the kitchen, as a plant holder…on and on. 

Style Me Pretty used some paint to jazz up these stools uniquely. I love the result!

IKEA skogsta stool hack
Image via Style Me Pretty.

Or add a little fur trim like Finding Silver Pennies did here.

IKEA skogsta stool hack

4. BILLY Bookcase

If there is a Hack of all Hacks you must know about; it’s the BILLY bookcase / built-in bookcases HACK. Say that sentence three times fast. 

Forget spending a fortune to get custom built-ins (unless you want to). These look amazing, and you could never tell the difference. Using trim and paint, these BILLY bookcases transform into built-ins that look like a master carpenter installed them.

Check out what The Makerista did here with some trim! She even added a ladder.

7 IKEA Hacks you Must Know About

5. BEKVAM Spice Rack Hacks

I never knew I could love a spice rack so much. Did you know how many creative uses these BEKVAM spice racks? have TONS. And they are super cheap! 

You can use them for spices, yes, but also to hold craft supplies, nail polish, toiletries, and more!!! My favorite hack for them is deholdinghildren’s books, like this sweet picture below. 

Notice how they hung one upside down as a clothes hanger? Genius.

Bekvam Spice Rack

6. TARVA Dresser

This one dresser has been hacked so many times. The Tarva dressers are made of pinewood so that they can be painted, and you can add trim to them and other designs. These can look good. 

And this one is from Kristina Lynn. It looks like a mid-century modern piece from West Elm!

Tarva IKEA hack

7. PAX Wardrobes

A wardrobe as a kitchen pantry? Yep. These are simply stunning. Jenna Sue created a custom-looking pantry out of a bunch of PAX wardrobes. Amazing!


Brittany Makes from the Vintage Rug Shop did something similar and painted hers a pretty navy-gray color. It’s equally stunning and looks like a custom piece!


Or, go on and stick with the wardrobe idea and make it unique, as Jenny Komenda did!


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