16 best ikea hacks

16 Best IKEA Hacks

Let’s face it: IKEA more or less invented the life hack, or at the very least championed it with surgical precision. After all, a proper life hack is an efficient strategy meant to save you time, effort and money–the Scandinavian chain has that down cold. Being that IKEA is the undisputed champion of the life hack, we thought we’d explore some hacks within the hacks. That is to say we’ve uncovered a slew of nifty techniques that squeeze even more functionality and efficiency out of your favourite products. Read on for the 16 Best IKEA Hacks we’ve found so far.

This Article is part of our Home & Design Series

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Cutouts pinned on room divider

Myrheden memo board with clips | Image: Ikea

1. Get Creative with Room Dividers

If you live in a city then you’re all too familiar with the open floor plan and its spacious benefits. However, there’s still something to be said for boundaries and personal space. IKEA offers a slew of smart room dividers that allow you to create separation without compromising the overall aesthetic or ruining the open floor vibe.

Options: RIGGAClothes rack; MYRHEDEN Memo board with clips; KALLAX Shelving unit
Price: starts from AU$14.99

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Bin tables turned into side tables

Knodd bin with lid | Image: Ikea

2. Turn Your Bin Into a Side Table

Did you buy a KNODD bin from IKEA and then come home to discover you didn’t really need it? Instead of marching back to return it, get creative by turning that KNODD upside down and topping it off with a tray. Voila! You’ve got yourself a nifty nightstand that none of your friends have.

Price: starts from AU$14.99

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Wall and furniture decorated with IKEA Washi tape

Washi tape | Image: Ikea

3. Deco on a Budget with Washi Tape

Everyone knows that quality art is the proverbial icing on the cake of interior design. The problem is that quality art can be expensive. Save loads of cash and milk those creative juices by going wild with affordable Washi Tape instead. And feel free to experiment whereas the tape is easy to remove and leaves no marks on the wall.

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Workplace organised with IKEA rails

Sunnersta Rail with 4 hooks and 2 containers | Image: Ikea

4. Use Rails to Organise Your Workspace

Like everything else at IKEA, their rails are streamlined and cost-effective. Skip the whole DIY shelf-building process at your workspace and instead use IKEA rails with smart hooks to prop books, pictures, pens and other essentials.

Price: starts from AU$5.99

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 Plants Between Two Glass Frames for Wall Art

Glass Frames | Image: Ikea

5. Pressing Plants Between Two Glass Frames for Wall Art

Here’s one of the simplest and best IKEA hacks that presents another easy-breezy way to put inspiration on the wall at little cost. Pick some beautiful flowers or plants and display them between two glass frames like the works of art they are.

Price: starts from AU$10

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Sporting gear on picture ledges

Mosslanda picture ledges | Image: Ikea

6. Organise Your Sporting Gear with Picture Ledges

Sporting gear is a clutter-phobes worst nightmare. To solve at least some of your sporting gear storage problems, prop some IKEA MOSSLANDA picture ledges in the vertical position, attach knobs at the top and bottom and string a rope lengthwise to create a fence. You’ve just found the perfect way to store your hockey sticks, baseball bats and other tall sporting equipment.

Price: starts from AU$7

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Mini Bar created with an IKEA Shoe Cabinet

Trones shoe cabinet | Image: Ikea

7. Create a Mini Bar with an IKEA Shoe Cabinet

The IKEA TRONES shoe cabinet is spacious, easy to remove, and elegant enough to not make you think of shoes when you see it. What are we saying here? That the TRONES is the perfect makeshift bar area for wherever you may need it. Fill it with ice and some cold beers and you’re good to go. Simply remove it from the wall and dump the melted ice when necessary. If alcohol is involved, you know this has to be one of the best IKEA hacks for sure.

Price: starts from AU$39/2 pack

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Man rolling an IKEA blue bag

Ikea blue bag | Image: Ikea

8. IKEA’s Signature Blue Bag Can Be Much More Than Just a Bag

We’ve all used an IKEA Blue Bag and know just how resilient and spacious it can be. It’s also versatile enough to fulfill any number of creative whims. For instance, you can sew quilted material onto it to make a picnic blanket or sleeping bag. Or you can transform the bag into a kid’s craft apron.

Price: starts from AU$0.70

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Hung pieces of art on IKEA curtain rod

Hugad curtain rod | Image: Ikea

9. Easily Create Hanging Pieces of Art

IKEA curtain rods are as functional as they are easy to use. They’re also good for essentially all types of hanging. Use them to hang works or art or cool hats or whatever rounds out the visual vibe of the interior space.

Price: starts from AU$6

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Seat cushion made with pillow and string

Image: Ikea

10. Create Seat Cushions in 5 Minutes

Pillow? Check. String? Check. Ability to loop string over pillow into 8 equal sections and tie a knot? Check. Congratulations–you’ve just made a seat cushion in 5 minutes. They don’t call them the best IKEA hacks for nothing.

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Lantern turned into a Modern Plant Terrarium

Borrby lantern | Image: Thou Swell

11. Turn a Lantern into a Modern Plant Terrarium

Here’s a top IKEA hack that all your friends will see and then replicate. Fill an IKEA lantern with potting soil, charcoal, gravel and plants to put a beautifully novel twist on the domestic terrarium.

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Wine Rack indoor herb garden

Vurm wine rack | Image: Curbly

12. Turn a Wine Rack Into an Indoor Herb Garden

The beauty of IKEA’s products is that they can take on new dimension almost immediately. For a prime example, look no further than their stainless steel wine rack. Put some pint glasses filled with herbs and dirt between each steel ring and no one will ever know bottles of wine were supposed to go there in the first place.

Price: starts from AU$19.99

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Lamp parts, a golden dish and a drill

Image: A Beautiful Mess

13. Turn a Dish into a Modern Pendant Lamp with a Single Drill Hole

Picture a smooth plate or dish. Now picture that plate or dish hanging upside down by a string in mid-air with a hole drilled in the middle. Now picture a bulb protruding from the hole. You’ve just envisioned a brilliant modern pendant lamp and thereby discovered one of the best IKEA hacks. All that’s left to do is buy an Angenam dish to make it happen.

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IKEA shelf turned into a desk

Image: Pinterest

14. Turn a Shelf into a Desk

Again, the intrinsically adaptive qualities of IKEA products make them perfect for a slew of functions. Take an IKEA shelf and get clever with the legs and you’ve just made yourself a desk.

Price: starts from AU$10

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15. Use an IKEA Timer to Get Epic 360 Degree GoPro Footage

The IKEA ORDNING timer rotates while it counts down and is just big enough to mount a GoPro at the top. As a result you get 360 degree footage without having to spin around in circles yourself.

Price: starts from AU$3.99

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Coffee Table made Out of KNUFF Magazine Files and a Stool

Knuff magazine file | Image: Ikea Hackers

16. Make a Coffee Table Out of KNUFF Magazine Files and a Stool

One of the best IKEA hacks requires a little effort, but the results are definitely worth it. Superglue the backs of 4 KNUFF magazine files together and perch the result on top of a stool. Since the KNUFF racks come in pairs of two sizes, use the smaller ones as nifty table extensions.

Price: starts from AU$19.99

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Jacob Osborn
Staff Writer

Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and co-authored a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.