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5 ideas for DIY furniture upgrades

Want to give your furniture a new look? Or maybe just make some pieces a little more you? Get inspired to reuse, refresh and revamp these IKEA favourites you (probably, maybe) already have at home.
You can decorate IKEA furniture with easy DIY ideas like this flatwoven, jute LOHALS rug. Just tie on and thread in some pieces of yarn or fabric scraps to make it uniquely yours.
To make a painted glass-top table, you can use a VITTSJÖ coffee table from IKEA. We splatter painted pink, purple and white first. After they dried, we rolled on black to match the table’s modern style.
Turn VITTSJÖ coffee table from IKEA into a painted glass-top table by splattering the underside of the glass with colourful paint. Let it dry and then roll on a layer of black paint to match the table’s black-brown legs and lower shelf.
1. Paint Pollock-style on a VITTSJÖ glass-top table for a personal creation. First, protect your work area. Then deattach the glass. Use the bottom of the glass as your ‘canvas’ to splatter, drop, swirl, whatever. Let dry. Roll on a coat of black. Let dry. Reattach. Mistakes? No such thing.
For a DIY padded headboard, you can cut foam panels and use double-stick tape to attach them to the headboard. We put them on a black-brown MALM bed frame and then covered it with a velvet curtain and some thread.
2. Revive with velvet padding on a MALM bed frame for a boutique hotel feel. The basic idea is to put foam rectangles on the headboard as panels and cover everything with a curtain. See how we did it by measuring, cutting, sewing, taping and stapling in this velvety headboard how-to.
Give your room a unique glow with DIY light fixtures like this one made from an IKEA HOLMÖ floor lamp’s rice paper shade. The long, cylindrical shade gets shaped into a donut, so it looks almost sculptural on the floor next to a sofa.
DIY light fixtures can be made from IKEA lamps you may already have at home like HOLMÖ floor lamp. Remove the tall rice paper shade and shape it so the ends meet. Tie and tape the ends together. Add an LED bulb and light cord.
3. Reshape and renew paper HOLMÖ floor lamps for a fun twist. Remove the shades. Shape them like a donut. Where the ends meet, put on and tie in black tape or paper strips. Add an LED bulb on a light cord. (LED is key, so it doesn’t get hot). Lay it down and let it glow.
LOHALS rugs from IKEA can be turned into custom jute rugs with some DIY creativity. Just add yarn, thread or other fabric pieces into the rectangular rug’s flatwoven surface. You can even hang it up as wall art.
Make your custom jute rugs with natural, durable LOHALS rugs from IKEA. Thread, tie and knot yarn or other fabric pieces into the flatwoven, natural jute.
4. Create textured patterns on a LOHALS rug for a funky look. Sew in threads or yarn. Tie in scraps of old clothes or other fabric. Even some fluffy pom poms will do. You set the limit and the style. Just use whatever you’ve got at home. Hang it up as wall art if you’d rather not walk on it.
FROSTA is a round, wooden stool from IKEA that can be deconstructed and reused. This idea painted the pieces blue. The seat and a leg are now a wall-mounted table. Another leg is a wall-mounted hook with kitchen knobs attached as stoppers.
FROSTA is a wooden stool from IKEA with a round seat and four legs in birch veneer. You can disassemble the stool, paint it and reuse it.
5. Deconstruct and freestyle a basic, beloved FROSTA stool for custom flair. Take it apart. Give each piece a fresh coat of paint. Screw a leg underneath the seat, so it becomes a small wall-mounted side table. Use the other legs as oversized wall hooks. Put knobs in the existing holes as stoppers.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Made by
Interior designer: Emma Parkinson
Photographer: Henrik Petersson
Writer: Marissa Frayer