While stuck at home during this COVID-19 Pandemic a lot of us “DIY-ers” are looking for something creative to do. Why not elevate your new or old Ikea furniture to look as luxurious as possible? Ikea furniture can sometimes be looked down upon in the interior design industry, but here are some tips and tricks that we found to get that upscaled look.

 

Paint

Adding paint to a plain piece of furniture is a creative way to change the look. You can easily take a simple piece of Ikea furniture and make it the focus of a room. The end mood you get will depend on the color you choose. A nice bright white can always upscale a furniture piece. The dresser that has been DIYed here in a great example of that. White paint was added to the bare wood dresser, with a darkstain. This changes the entire look of the piece. It looks more modern and finished. It is now worthy of your home and you did it yourself!

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Another great tip is spray paint! Spray paint allows you to change the look of the legs of your furniture. Painting it gold or chrome adds luxury to your piece. A great example of this is this goldpainted shelf. Originally the shelving unit comes in white from Ikea. Although the shelf is minimal and would look good in any space, adding that gold paint makes it comes to life. The shelf becomes more modern and elegant. It looks more expensive and highend quality.

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Furniture Legs

Adding or switching out the legs of an Ikea piece gives it that look of luxury. Adding legs to a piece that doesn’t have legs can elevate it and make it more of a standout piece in a room. This Malm dresser from Ikea originally does not come with legs. This DIY allows you to customize your piece so look the way you want it to. You are completely in control of the outcome. Adding some gold legs here adds a highend look to the dresser. Elevating both the dresser and your space.

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Don’t be afraid to also switch out the legs that already come with the piece. Doing this DIY adds that touch of elegance by not just sitting on your floor. With this method, you can completely change the look the overall piece is giving you. With this Ikea sideboard, the legs were removed, and peglegs were added. This gives the pieces a more modern lookFurniture legs can be added or changed on beds, dressers, cabinets, couches etc. Pretty Pegs is a great location to find accessories that can help you elevate your Ikea furniture.

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Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a great way to completely change the look of an Ikea piece. Any type of furniture that has a flat area can be used as a platform for wallpaper. Adding textured wallpaper is a great way to elevate your piece of furniture. This wardrobe from Ikea comes plain and white. Perfect! It’s a blank canvas. The type of wallpaper you chose will reflect the style it will become. This wallpaper modernizes the wardrobe and makes it stand out in the room. It becomes a feature and paired in 2 or 3, can become a feature wall.

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Another way to use wallpaper on Ikea furniture, it to add it behind the shelves of a shelving unit. Another great way to elevate your shelving units. This gives additional texture and that means it looks more luxurious. Doing such a simple DIY can influence how the piece will look in your space. Without this touch of wallpaper on this blue shelf, it would look kidlike. Something playful that should be added to a kid’s room. But, with the added wallpaper it becomes elegant and something you can add to any room.

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Paneling

Changing door and drawer panels is another great way to style up your Furniture. Thankfully Ikea is known for its flatpack and therefore when your furniture arrives the panels will already be ready to be switched out. You can completely DIY the project by creating your own panels or manipulating the panels to fit your needs. Another option for this is to buy panels made by companies. For example, there is a company called Lux Hax that specializes in panels for specific Ikea furniture. Ikea’s Malm headboard can seem quite plain when it first arrives but adding some texture and pattern with panelling instantly elevates it. The Malm headboard now looks luxurious and even expensive!

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This Besta unit from Ikea is another great piece to add panelling to. It comes plain and white, but by adding this simple border around each door it instantly becomes more interesting. Adding texture to these units is a simple way to elevate it.

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Hardware

Hardware plays a huge role in upscaling your furniture. A piece with no hardware or dull/plastic hardware can look cheap and unremarkable. Adding a stylish piece of hardware can bring a piece to life. It gives that luxurious and expensive look we are searching for. Ikea has many different pieces of furniture that does not have predrilled holes for hardware. This is where your DIY skills comes in. Grab your drills and corresponding drill but for your hardware size and drill a whole yourself. This is an easy way to change the look of your Ikea furniture new or old. An added tip to make your furniture look even more luxe is use hardware with a backplate. It allows the hardware to be showcased and more prominent. Ikeas Tarva dresser comes in a bare wood and similar handle.

As you can see here with some elbow grease you can transform the dresser into the dresser of your dreams. This piece is painted white, with some awesome gold knobs. Giving the piece an overall finished and highend look.

 

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WRITTEN BY Brittany Smith of  Judith Taylor Designs 

Judith Taylor is an award-winning designer with a flair for making personal, meaningful spaces. The granddaughter of a prominent furniture manufacturer, I am passionate about style and the tradition of quality fine furniture making. Family friendly, magazine-worthy spaces are achieved through my timeless aesthetic. I work closely with clients, to make sure that every space I design for them is a soulful balance of bold design, elegant style and things that are special to them. Aside from the Designer of the Year Award, I was also the first to win Crate and Barrel’s Designer Challenge and you can see the Judith chair on the about page on my website, or sit on the winning entry in my living room (by invitation only). I enjoy travel, good food, often wine, and always look forward to spending more time with family at the beach at our summer place at Cape Cod.

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