Truly gone are the days where we, IKEA hackers, lurked in the fringes. It’s fascinating to see how this obscure DIY trend has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years. Folks, we’re mainstream now. ?
What holds for 2019? More IKEA hacks, of course.
But before we go there, let’s take a look at the best IKEA hacks of 2018 and give these hard-working, brilliant hackers a thumbs up.
10 best IKEA hacks of 2018 – The A-list
Presenting my top 10 favorite IKEA hacks of 2018, in no particular order.
#1 Jessica’s mudroom redo
Jessica took an under-utilized closet, added some IKEA pieces (BESTÅ and BILLY) for storage and made them into beautiful mudroom furniture for her home. Click here to see the wonderful transformation. You got to see it to believe it.
#2 Mat’s extra long dining bench with storage
Dining benches with storage, especially ones that span entire wall lengths cost an arm and a leg. But Mat put this together for under $200. It looks amazing, fits the nook almost like a built-in (it’s not!), and offers plenty of storage under the seat. See Mat’s dining bench with storage.
#3 Tina’s something blue for her wedding
Tina was getting married and was worried about not being able to handle herself AND keep her mermaid gown clean when she’s in the bathroom. Some stuff like this bridal bathroom helper exists but was expensive. Her bridal bathroom helper hack costs $1.49 and took only 3 minutes. What’s best, it made life easier on her wedding day. So here is Tina’s bridal bathroom helper.
#4 Pauline’s tasteful IVAR built-in bookcase
If I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t have guessed this floor to wall bookcase was made from the IKEA IVAR system. The system itself is typical IKEA bare bones but Pauline fleshed it out with trim, moulding and solid panels. You’ll hardly even notice the infamous IVAR holes. See more of Pauline’s elegant IVAR, reinvented as a full height built-in bookcase.
Ian inherited a cat that shredded their furniture, apart from a 20-year-old IKEA POÄNG armchair. A few readers have attested to this astonishing fact. Ian was dismayed to find that no matching sofas were available in the POÄNG range. So he decided to give hacking a go and made a 3-seater POÄNG sofa.
#8 Cristina’s smart sewing table with a sliding tray
Cristina’s sewing table has a sliding tray that makes it so easy to store the sewing machine when she doesn’t need it. It’s definitely way easier to clear the table top for other aspects of sewing when you have a dedicated spot for the machine. See more of the smart sewing table.
After watching her puppy struggle up onto the couch, Courtney knew she needed a set of dog steps. The options online didn’t suit her decor so she made one from IKEA KNAGGLIG crates. And as you can see, the pup is beaming. See Courtney’s DIY dog steps.
#10 Game on with Adam’s expanding board game table
What to do when you live in a small apartment but want to host board game nights without a space-hogging games table? This hack took around 2 hours total, and cost around $180. This expanding board game table provides flexibility in using the limited amount of space in the apartment. See the expanding board game table.
And that’s my list of favorites.
The 10 best IKEA hacks of 2018 on IKEAhackers. Which is your favorite?
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And now to look forward to more exciting hacks in 2019. See you over on the other side!
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Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.