Your kitchen is like the heart of your home. It's a gathering space, an eating area, and so much more, which is why it tends to get overwhelmed with clutter pretty quickly — but don't lose hope. From cool new cabinet fronts to savvy DIY kitchen islands, you can save money by repurposing Ikea basics into something that looks uber high-end. With a little creative thinking and a bit of handiwork you can make your kitchen as functional as it is beautiful with the help of these nine clever Ikea hacks.
1. Hang coffee mugs from a rail to save cabinet space.
If you've run out of cabinet space for your extensive coffee cup collection, opt for hanging a few of your faves from these Grundtal Kitchen Rails ( $ 18.99 ) using metal S-hooks. Kimberly from the blog Swoon Worthy gave hers a glam makeover with a little bit of gold spray paint. You can also hang spatulas, ladles, scissors, or even small pots and pans from them, too.
2. Build a rolling island for extra counter space.
3. Turn bed slats into a handy hanging storage wall.
This handy-dandy hanging wall storage used to be a twin-size slatted bed base ( $30 ) from Ikea. Yup, that's right: with just a little time and effort — don't worry, your little one will sleep fine with their mattress on the floor — these wood slats can be transformed into the perfect, all-purpose storage solution. Follow Kristina from the blog Ich Designer's lead to create a stylish and organized display.
4. Organize spices on a pretty picture ledge.
5. Build your own kitchen island.
6. Create custom cutting boards — on a budget.
7. DIY industrial open shelving.
8. Build some extra storage space.
9. Stay organized with a surprising storage solution.
Keep essentials handy — like plastic bags, tin foil, Saran wrap and more — by storing them in an Ikea magazine holder ( $9.99 ) that's attached to the inside of your cabinet door. Use removable Command strips to avoid damaging your cabinets with nails or screws.