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50 Of The Best Budget-Friendly DIY IKEA Hacks

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We all love a good DIY IKEA hack, so today I’ve rounded up 50 of the best budget-friendly hacks to inspire you!

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Why We Love IKEA

1. It’s Kid Friendly

I’ll never forget my first ever trip to IKEA in New Haven, CT.

I  brought my then 8 y.o. daughter and met a friend, who brought her then 8 y.o. son.

The store had only been open about 6 months and we went on a Saturday.

You can imagine just how insane it was.

It was like attending a theme park and you could feel the excitement in the air, not just from the kids, but also the adults! 

We promptly brought our kids to SMÅLAND, which is a FREE supervised play area for kids. 

This was in 1994, so it was pretty new to have a play area in a shopping center, especially the size and scale of SMÅLAND.

The freedom of being able to shop without kids was like a little slice of heaven!

There are certain rules, so definitely check with your specific store before going. 

2. You Can Enjoy Lunch

When the time limit is up for SMÅLAND, you can pick up the kids and enjoy a very reasonably priced lunch at the cafe.

They now have added a movie watching area to the cafe playing hits like Frozen.

You may be able to twist your significant other’s arm to stay with the kiddos while you run off solo to do a little more shopping while the movie plays. 

3. Budget-friendly Prices

One of the biggest reasons we all love IKEA are the prices. The quality and value can’t be beat.

Unfortunately, since I moved, the closest store is now about 2.5 hours away.

While you can order online, the one negative is shipping items is very expensive. 

I wanted to order a small desk and the shipping was more than the cost of the desk! 

4. Simple and Modern Design

Another reason their furniture is so popular is due to the simple and modern design.

The clean lines make it easy to fit into any style home decor.

This is also another reason why there are so many creative IKEA hacks.

With the design style being so simple, it’s very easy to give it your own makeover.

5. On Trend

Not only is the furniture modern, but the home accessories and decorations are completely on trend making it easy to decorate your home.

In fact, some other retailers now make products to specifically coordinate with IKEA pieces. 

What Exactly Is A DIY “Hack”?

In very simple terms, a DIY hack is taking something in its’ original state and transforming it with your own creativity to make it more custom.

That could mean simply painting it, or adding trim and accessories, among other ideas.

It’s a do it yourself way to transform a piece.

IKEA has a massive following by bringing simple and affordable pieces that customers can add their own spin to.

Now let’s get to these gorgeous DIY hacks. 

50 Of The Best Budget-Friendly DIY IKEA Hacks

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the DIY IKEA hacks out there, so I’ve rounded up 50 of the best budget-friendly hacks to share with you!

Are you planning your next trip to IKEA after seeing these beauties? I know I am!

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Most-Searched IKEA Products In The U.S.

What do you think the most-searched for IKEA product in the U.S. is? 

While researching for this post, I came across an interesting article from House Beautiful referencing the most-searched.  Any ideas what the top 5 are? 

Here you go:

5. Markus Office Chair 

Having a good office chair is a must, especially with the amount of time most people spend surfing the web nowadays.

This office chair received incredible reviews and comes in at the 5th most-searched.

4. Lack Wall Shelf 

The Lack Wall Shelf came in at number 4. This wall shelf can be hung vertically or horizontally, which makes it extremely versatile.

It’s also very narrow making it perfect for small spaces.

See my knock-off lack shelf here.

3. Helmer Drawer Unit

I’m planning on purchasing one of these units for my newly updated craft room.

I love that it’s on casters so you can move it around.

They also have a pretty blue color!

2. Stockholm Rug

This handwoven off-white and black striped rug is timeless and easily fits into any home decor style.  

The most-searched IKEA product in the U.S. – drumroll please…

3. Billy Bookcase 

The Billy Bookcase easily tops the list and it’s easy to see why.

It has a classic style and is very budget-friendly.

IKEA has stated that one Billy Bookcase is sold somewhere in the world every five seconds!

There are so many possibilities when it comes to IKEA hacks. How many do you own? 

Share your favorite repurposed or upcycled IKEA hack in the comments below.

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Rena Walter

Tuesday 21st of January 2020

Thanks for the info!

Dana Rodriguez

Thursday 16th of January 2020

I have never been to IKEA but have heard it is pretty amazing. I really love the marbled chair idea.

Ashley Chassereau Parks

Wednesday 15th of January 2020

I Love shopping at IKEA!! THese are all awesome hacks!! The last IKEA hack project I did was the spice rack used as a book holder for my kids. I painted them gray and hung them on the wall between their beds for their Bibles, board books, etc!

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