13 Small Space-Savvy IKEA Hacks

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The only thing better than a good IKEA hack is one that helps maximize a small space. To inspire your next DIY endeavor, we did some digging and rounded up the savviest, small space-friendly IKEA hacks we could find in our own archives. From a statement storage cabinet to a side panel-turned-headboard, here are 13 IKEA hacks that will upgrade even the tiniest of spaces in no time.

1. Make a Statement (With Your Storage)

HACK IT: Turn a humdrum Mackapar shoe cabinet into a one-of-a-kind statement piece with nothing more than some half round dowels and wood glue.

2. Fashion a Floating Storage System

HACK IT: This clever DIY allows you to add a minimalist-style shelving unit to just about any wall in your home — no contractor required.

3. Hack a Wall Organizer

HACK IT: Looking to carve out some extra storage opportunity in a tiny kitchen? Follow this DIY tutorial to combine two inexpensive IKEA staples into one surprisingly chic wall organizer.

4. Build a Book Bin

HACK IT: Why settle for a simple bamboo storage box when you can have a standing book bin instead? Here's how to turn a BULLIG box into an adorable (and small space-savvy) book bin in six steps.

5. Create a Custom Side Table

HACK IT: If you thought your perforated Sjalvstandig stool was only good for sitting on, then it's time to think again. Follow this tutorial to score a colorful custom side table that doubles as a plant stand.

6. Elevate Your Shelving Unit

HACK IT: Let's face it: IKEA shelving units aren't nearly as attractive as they are functional. Here's how to add a rooftop to your Ivar shelving so it looks extra cute in your kids' playroom.

7. Score a Boho-Style Sideboard

HACK IT: Channel your inner bohemian and turn a clean-lined Havsta console table into an eye-catching sideboard with a bit of cane webbing.

8. Upgrade a Cute Cat House

HACK IT: Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY shows us how to elevate the already charming Lurvig cat house with updated table legs and marble self-adhesive paper.

9. Devise a Vertical Garden with Bed Slats

HACK IT: Your slatted bed base is brimming with DIY potential—it just takes a little inspiration. Turn your Luroy bed slats into a modern vertical garden with the help of some Sunnersta containers.

10. Construct a Coffee Table From a Floor Cushion

HACK IT: You can always count on a stylish set of table legs to elevate a so-so-looking stool. Here's how to turn an Alseda floor stool into a compact coffee table in under eight steps.

11. Turn a Desk Accessory into a Modern Planter

HACK IT: Fashion a Scandi-style planter for your houseplants with some plywood, nails, and a $15 Oddvald trestle.

12. Create a Swoon-Worthy Shelving Unit

HACK IT: Here's how to turn a $10 Sammanhang tray stand into a sleek (and small space-friendly) shelving unit in seven easy steps.

13. Boho-ify Your Headboard

HACK IT: DIY queen Caroline Burke shows us how a little cane webbing can transform a simple wooden Ivar side unit into a bonafide boho-style headboard in no time.


Caroline Biggs is a writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29, and more.

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