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Our favorite IVAR cabinet ideas

09-Jun-2017
We’ve seen the world do a lot with IVAR cabinet because it’s a DIY dream. All that untreated, solid pine makes for lots of possibility with paint, stain, drills and screws. We love getting creative with it, too. Check out our favorite ways we’ve used IVAR in the past.
A collage of IVAR cabinets being used as storage for games, a secret doll’s house and a teen’s vanity
Four IVAR cabinets painted with an abstract pattern and grouped together to make a big impact with lots of storage
Four IVAR cabinets painted with an abstract pattern and grouped together to make a big impact with lots of storage
1. An artsy eye-catcher contains your stuff and makes a big impact, especially when several cabinets cover a wall. We painted a big mural across four IVAR cabinets, and put a rail in one for artwork and paintbrushes. We originally used hangers with clips, but other hangers work too.
An IVAR cabinet painted pink on the inside and blue on the outside with a circle cut out in the middle to make a vanity that hides and displays
An IVAR cabinet painted pink on the inside and blue on the outside with a circle cut out in the middle to make a vanity that hides and displays
2. A custom teen vanity creates a getting ready space beyond the bathroom. We sawed a hole in the doors for a mix of displaying and hiding. Then we painted inside and out for a contrasting pop. Light chains brought in some glam, and an extendable mirror on the side made close-ups easy.
An IVAR cabinet turned into a game and entertainment storage center with baskets for game controllers, hooks for headphones and magazine files for more storage
An IVAR cabinet turned into a game and entertainment storage center with baskets for game controllers, hooks for headphones and magazine files for more storage
3. A maximized game center helps organize family fun, especially in the living room. Inside the doors, we attached hooks for headphones, a basket for game controllers and a clipboard for scorekeeping. We even flipped a plywood magazine file and screwed it into the cabinet’s side for tablets.
4. A DIY dining cabinet can hold a lot, especially together with children’s wall storage drawers. We painted IVAR blue (and the walls a bit to unify the pieces) and lined the back with newspaper for a vintage feel. Inside the doors, we added hooks and baskets for more storage.
A GIF of two side-by-side height adjustable kid desks used for an adult and a child with changing desk chairs  and pegboards used above the desks for storage
5. A custom armoire creates a ton of personality and clothes storage. We found this one on 3-drawer chests. It’s made with four cabinets on top of two a home visit (all fixed to the wall). Spray paint and simple templates gave it a fun take on a traditional look.
A way to use IKEA IVAR as an armoire made of two 3-drawer chests below four cabinets with their doors spray-painted black to have a fun, traditional look
An IVAR cabinet placed low on a wall so a child can use it as a doll’s house
An IVAR cabinet placed low on a wall so a child can use it as a doll’s house
6. A secret doll’s house fuses storage and playtime, because clean up’s a snap. Just close the doors when the doll furniture and toys are inside. A hanger made an extra spot to keep toys untangled. Even though the cabinet was secured to the wall, we added flair with a silly sock on a decorative leg!
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 warranties and your right to return the products will be lost.