Let's talk about IKEA hacks. If you haven't heard the term before, an IKEA hack is the process of turning pieces from your fave retailer into something that is completely unique. You add your own DIY touches to customize or "hack" your finds and, presto, you've turned something affordable into gorgeous decor.
Like most people, we love to decorate on a budget whenever possible, and the idea of taking a mass market item and making it different is even more appealing. Not to mention, it's a great way for renters to make their mark, too. Take inspiration from these seven brilliant IKEA light fixture hacks, and don't forget to share what you've created with us on Instagram via the #hunkerhome hashtag.
1. Spruce up a basic table lamp.
If you're a lover of the industrial look, or just DIY concrete projects, this table lamp hack could be the one for you. Brittni from Paper & Stitch transformed a simple glowing orb from IKEA into a chic modern light fixture with seemingly little to no effort. All you will need to recreate this metamorphosis are some basic tools, cement mix, a plastic container, and this $1 IKEA trash can.
2. Put your bamboo dishware to work.
Who knew a bowl would actually make the perfect pendant light? Stephanie Lee of Make and Tell, that's who. Using a piece of bamboo dishware and a light kit, Lee simply drilled a hole through the center of the bowl, blasted the exterior of the dish with granite spray paint, and threaded the cord through the hole — simple!
3. Dress up a lampshade.
Working on a budget? You can still make your home a bohemian paradise for under $10 with this easy light fixture hack by Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair & A Spare. By continuously wrapping twine around a basic IKEA lampshade and securing it with a glue gun, you can take your space from bland to boho in a mere 30 minutes.