Seal of Approval: These Are Some of IKEA's Favorite IKEA Hacks

bedroom with open shelving and plants
credit: IKEA

IKEA hacks have long been a popular subset of Pinterest boards and DIY websites — with IKEA even going as far as sending cease and desist letters to an early IKEA hacks site. But has the Swedish furniture giant finally embraced its customers' ingenuity? It seems so, as Fast Company recently revealed.

Over the past few months, IKEA UK's Instagram page has been featuring some favorite and most inventive hacks, encouraging others to join in on the creativity with the hashtag #IKEAatmine — which has already amassed a whopping 50,000 posts. Here are a few of our personal favorites from IKEA's picks:

@Thisismyhomestyle personalized their otherwise plain IKEA Gjora bed frame by turning a piece of cheery, palm-printed fabric into a headboard and adding a few actual plants to complete the botanical theme. This could even be swapped out as the seasons change for a cool, ever-changing look.

Another simple trick, @grillodesigns uses IKEA shelving in this small nook to create a workspace that looks so much more expensive than it really is. Geometric wallpaper adds extra interest to the minimalist space.

Sometimes the best IKEA hacks are simple ones — like this Tuvalie throw repurposed as a tablecloth by @topologyinteriors. Perfect for when you need a quick tabletop refresh.

We feel more relaxed just looking at this cozy space by @feather_lane. The Gjora bed frame gets just a slight makeover with a bit of greenery and an overhead light. Perfect if you don't have much space for a nightstand.

A Hemnes desk gets a new look thanks to this colorful makeover by @halfpaintedhouse. We love the eclectic mix of bold colors in this vanity/workspace.

Here's to bringing our favorite IKEA items to the next level.


Laura Ratliff

Laura Ratliff

Laura is a New York City-based freelance writer who writes about travel, food, and design. Her work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Bon Appétit, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, and more. She's a sucker for a good curbside furniture find.