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ÄPPLARÖ sofa gets new arm and it extends

Last summer, I purchased the ÄPPLARÖ corner sofa for my deck renovation: ÄPPLARÖ corner sofa | IKEA.com I loved how the back of the sofa fit perfectly in between the posts of the arbor, and it is a great lounging sofa. What I didn’t like was how high the one side arm was. I kept hitting my arm on it when sitting at the...

Give the changing table a few more useful years

Kids’ art desk hack saves changing table from the landfill. Although my toddler outgrew needing a changing table a while ago, she loved playing with it and I couldn’t bear to deprive her of that. So my husband and I decided to repurpose it. We made a chalkboard kids’ art desk with a mini shelf on top. Best thing is we reused the original...

KALLAX transformed into Media Console

We wanted a big media console for our 50″ TV, but we didn’t want a standard IKEA stand or a $1000 console from West Elm. So we decided to make our own! Here’s the end result. Related: 5 easy ways to create a KALLAX TV stand We were able to find an IKEA KALLAX 8 cube unit on Facebook Marketplace for...

Half this to make an IKEA MOPPE alternative

Looking for an alternative to the IKEA MOPPE? Here’s how to DIY one. I have an old LACK shelving unit (not sold anymore) and no box/ drawer options really fit in it. Then, I realised the depth of KNUFF magazine file was as wide as my LACK shelf. Before, previously painted KNUFF magazine files The KNUFF magazine files...

Q: How to recreate this Wayfair dresser with IKEA?

I’d like to create the Wayfair dresser pictured below using a MALM 3-drawer chest. Source: Ellenberger 3 Drawer Dresser, Wayfair I could wrap the sides and top in wood veneer. The base (apron and splayed legs) are my dilemma. Source: Ellenberger 3 Drawer Dresser, Wayfair Husb is DIY-handy and has...

Amped up KURA bed with drawers and safety rail

We saw other KURA beds with storage drawers underneath on this site. So, we also wanted the same — to make space for LEGOs and wooden trains under the bed. We installed the additional headboard panels because the configuration of the room and the location of the windows in the room meant that we wanted the children’s heads on the right and the...

This IKEA PS 2014 Secretary holds a few secrets

IKEA PS 2014 secretary with clever bells and whistles. As the global pandemic around COVID-19 started to take hold across the world, working from home full time was quickly becoming a reality. In a two-bedroom apartment with a three year old and my wife, however, I needed to find a setup that met a few criteria: Aesthetically pleasing,...

Glam HEMNES Dresser Hack. No power tools needed.

I wanted the HEMNES dresser to have some fun texture and give off a retro glam feel in my Retro Palm Beach style guest room makeover.  I painted it the same color as the wall to give the illusion of more space in a small bedroom. Now, it looks like a high end dresser. It was easy to do, and did not involve using a power saw! I...

The IKEA Home of Tomorrow to inspire your home today

How will our future homes look and function? IKEA’s vision of it is a plant-filled, self-sustaining haven. And … IKEA has made this vision come alive in Szczecin, Poland’s greenest city. Housed in an abandoned 120-year-old apartment building, the IKEA Home of Tomorrow is an experimental showcase of self-sustaining circular design...

Hackers Help: Have you seen this chair?

I have an IKEA chair purchased sometime between 2010-2018 and it could not have been more than $20 – $40. Possibly one of those deal of the week / deal of the month situations. I would describe it as a stripped down version of the POÄNG. It has four legs and a simple metal frame. The chair cover slips over and...

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