The 10 best IKEA ideas of 2020 – quick & easy edition

I can’t end the year without our annual “Top 10” lists. It’s been an unusual year but I’m glad the IKEA hacking community kept doing what it does best — creating and repurposing even while locked down at home. For that, I tip my hat off to you guys.

To kick things off, we look back at some of the best, quick IKEA ideas that don’t necessarily involve a lot of heavy lifting. (Top 10 hacks are on tomorrow!)

These ideas prove that smart thinking can improve, upgrade or turn around any IKEA item.

Let’s revisit the best IKEA ideas of 2020

#1 Custom 3D doors for BESTÅ
best IKEA ideas of 2020 - besta custom door

Like many other hacking stories, Mare fell in love with this gorgeous credenza from CB2 but couldn’t bring herself to part with the money. Out comes one of the easiest and cheapest way to make custom doors for the BESTÅ. See the hack.

#2 Modern coat rack
best IKEA ideas of 2020 - modern coat rack

Seeing things differently helped Stéphanie turn a JONAXEL wire basket into a modern coat rack. It is minimalist, cute, and price friendly. Read more.

#3 Worn outdoor armchair transformed
best IKEA ideas of 2020 - painted armchair

Fabio bought a SKARPÖ outdoor armchair. After many seasons spent in bad weather the surface was stained and impossible to clean and its appearance, very sad. Painstakingly, Fabio gave it layers of new paint and it’s now ready to serve for many more seasons. See the process.

#4 Glammed up as a credenza
best IKEA ideas of 2020 - credenza

Three BRIMNES cabinets strung together filled a long dining room wall as a credenza, with new acrylic handles and a smoked glass top. Read more.

#5 Nest with KYRRE
best IKEA ideas of 2020 - nesting table

Using 2 IKEA KYRRE stools Emma made a compact, corner-friendly set of nesting tables in record time. Lovely for a plant pot and to set a cup of coffee down. See the KYRRE nesting tables.

#6 Drink tea and keep hacking
tea table

Maartje and Gaby couldn’t find a tea box that was big enough to store their different teas. So they went big and converted the IKEA LIATORP coffee table with drawer into a tea table. Read more.

#7 Best dressed piggy
piggy waistcoat

This well dressed piggy deserves a spot on the list. Grandmama Helen made the KELGRIS pig a waistcoat so her granddaughter can easily spot him when they go to nursery. See the pattern.

#8 Electric toothbrush holder
toothbrush holder

With 5 people and so many toothbrushes and their stands, Arjette and Anco wanted a way to get them organized and off the sink. The RIMFORSA holder works perfectly. See more.

#9 DRÖNA boxes upgrade
drona boxes upgrade

Jessica bought a set of the plain white DRÖNA boxes since they were so cheap. But she didn’t really like the look of them. It took just one step to make them pretty.

#10 Anytime is coffee time
cup holder

And one last one for the road. This idea made me laugh — clever, cheap and useful all in one.

Trevor thought there has got to be a product he can put into the shopping trolley to hold a cup of coffee while he grocery shops. Well, there is.

Which is your favourite IKEA idea? Let us know in the comments below.

Stay tuned for the Top 10 IKEA hacks of 2020 tomorrow.

Jules Yap