We all want a kitchen that’s both stylish and functional. But how can you get that functionality with limited storage space? What if you just have no idea where to begin? That’s where these 12 absolutely brilliant IKEA hacks come in. Find out how you can upgrade your kitchen in 12 easy-to-copy ideas!
1. Bookcase Island
Are you always eyeing those beautiful kitchen islands in shows like Nigella Lawson’s or Jaime Oliver’s? Why not make your own? Simply grab a few Billy IKEA cases and get to work and you’ll have more counter space in the blink of an eye. Even better? It looks great? Don’t believe me? Check out the original DIY concept from Golden Boys & Me.
2. Marble Faux
Love that marble countertop look but don’t have the budget for such nonsense? You can use IKEA’s marble-patterned contact paper to upgrade that wood to “marble” in no time at all.
3. Planting Rimforsas
4. Jokkmokk-ing Around
Sure, you could spend $1000 on a slimline table, but why not just hack one? By simply using an affordable IKEA table and a set of hairpin legs from eBay or ETSY, your kitchen can become the up-scale and stylish nosh room you’ve always wanted it to be. Find the original DIY how-to from Regina Morrison on Acute Designs.
5. Bar None
This one is a favorite of IKEA hackers worldwide and with good reason. Combining functionality with style, the Kallax shelf bar is the perfect way to upgrade your kitchen space. Find out how to make your own on The Everygirl.
6. Stack ‘Em Up
Ever thought about simply stacking some stylish bowls to create cleaver storage and catch-alls for your kitchen space? No? Then this is the hack for you. You can keep your counter space tidy with this easy DIY IKEA hack. Simply throw together 3 Rundlig bowls and you are on your way.
7. Potting Things Together
This is one of my favorite kitchen hacks. Organize those pesky pot lids by fixing them inside cabinets with towel rails! This will help you no only save on space, but will keep those lids pretty and organized.
8. Rack ‘Em Up
The Levsik rack is a great way to store cups elegantly. Save on space and create a modern ambiance all at the same time!
9. Just Keep Scrolling
Craft your own “command center” by using the Mala tabletop paper holder. Leave important notes for family, create easily visible to-do lists, or just keep track of the groceries that are running low. There’s really no wrong way to use this!
10. I Never Promised You An Herb Garden
You can make your own indoor herb garden for $10 with this Vurum Wine Rack hack. Simply turn the wine rack on its side, mount it to your wall and add your favorite glass vases. Simple!
11. No Man Is An Island…But This Bookshelf Is
Thanks to the Minneapolis based duo JP Strate and Liz Spillman, you can create a beautiful kitchen island using little more than IKEA’s Kallax shelf. Find out how you can do the same in the video below.
12. The Leaning Tower of Children
If you’re a parent then my last hack is for you. Combine the Bekväm and Oddvar stools to help your tot safely reach the kitchen counter. The Oddvar doesn’t seem to be available in the U.S., but you can find directions and dimensions for adding your own plywood railing here.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your bum in gear and upgrade that kitchen. With IKEA hacks like these, there’s really no reason not to. Get up and get organized. Your kitchen (and your home) will thank you!
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