These DIY Leather Pulls Are the Easiest Way to Personalize IKEA Products

White cabinet with four doors and leather pulls
credit: Caroline Burke

While we at Hunker adore everything IKEA, sometimes it's nice to give a personalized upgrade to the furniture. (All hail IKEA hacks, right?) These Scandi-inspired DIY leather pulls are the quickest way to update anything from drawers to kitchen cabinets. They are the perfect IKEA hack: Not only are they budget-friendly, but they're incredibly easy to make. (Trust us, you'll kick yourself for not making them sooner.) We've transformed this basic Hemnes shoe storage into a "new" aesthetically pleasing piece with very little effort.

White IKEA shoe storage cabinet with framed poster, books and decorative items.
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

Step 1

Measure a 5-inch long length of leather strap (or an old belt if you have one you don't mind cutting up.) Cut using a sharp craft knife or box cutter.

Green cutting mat, measuring tape and leather belt.
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Repeat until you have four 5-inch pieces in total.

Green cutting mate with 4 identical strips of leather.
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

Take the punch pliers and punch a hole at each end of the leather.

Metal punch pliers making a hole in tan leather
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Repeat on all four pieces.

Hand holding piece of tan leather with a hole punched at each end.
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 3

Remove the standard handles from the Hemnes cabinet. Keep the metal bolt that comes with each handle because you'll use it in the next step.

(Note: you can also spray paint the metal bolt black for an extra design element.)

Hand holding metal bolt and black IKEA door handle.
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

Take a leather strap and fold it in half. Thread the bolt through the holes, then push the bolt through the existing hole where the old handle was on the Hemnes cabinet.

Hand threading bolt through leather pull and into cabinet..
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 5

Take a stainless steel nut and twist it onto the end of the bolt to secure the leather pull in place. (We found a 1/4 inch wide bolt a good fit.)

Box of assorted metal bolts and nuts.
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Hand holising small metal nut.
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Repeat on all drawers to finish. Such a simple but effective update!

Ikea shoe storage with leather pull handles. Small trinkets styled on top including candles, plants and pictures.
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!