If you’re tired of the same old IKEA furniture, we’ve got a few ideas on how to make it a little more personal. In our report on Dwell on Design, we already shared the amazing transformations of IKEA cabinetry from Semihandmade, the LA company that creates custom cabinet doors and pulls for stock IKEA cabinet frames to achieve the look of a high-end, custom kitchen.


This Semihandmade kitchen combines green and natural wood cabinet doors for a completely custom look to transform the IKEA cabinet frames. 



Try O’verlays to add a pop of Hollywood Glam to your drab IKEA pieces. Shop by pattern or piece, and get easy-to-apply fretwork to elevate even the most boring MALM dresser Panels are paintable for ultra-customization and pre-measured to fit your piece of furniture, and all it takes is a little glue or a few brad nails to apply. A little Greek Key corner accent makes this EXPEDIT unit worthy of a Dorothy Draper interior!



If you’re aiming for a more modern look, such as bold colors or specialty wood grain finishes, consider Panyl. Their peel and stick overlays offer a clean and contemporary look. The panels are pre-measured to fit whatever piece of IKEA furniture you’d like to redo, so just order, peel, and apply! The ODDA chest (above), which formerly had black doors, was modeled off of a paneled wood chest from west elm.



A quick, inexpensive, and surprisingly powerful way to update sofas and lounge chairs is by changing the feet. Uncle Bob’s Workshop, a favorite internet source, offers a variety of legs to customize your piece. The new sleek feet on the this black leather sofa (right) take it from IKEA staple to mid-century chic. Without those clunky wooden legs, your friends will never know your sofa came from IKEA!

If you’re looking for a good DIY weekend project, head over to the IKEA Hackers blog. You’ll see just how creative people get with their IKEA pieces, from a simple paint job to complete re-engineering of products.

This IKEA hack turns a lack wall shelf into a floating desk and uses shoe cabinets for office storage and filing.

Let us know how you make your IKEA yours.


Alessandra Wood

Alessandra Wood is Tastemaker’s resident design historian. Obsessed with everything vintage, she’s working on her PhD in design history. Animal prints, mid-century chrome lighting fixtures, and reclaimed wood furniture set her heart aflutter. Wondering how to judge the quality of of a piece of furniture, what to look for in buying an antique, how to date your finds, or which current trends have resurfaced from the past?

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