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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.

Flatwoven, jute LOHALS rug, decorated by threading in some pieces of yarn or fabric scraps to make it unique.
Flatwoven, jute LOHALS rug, decorated by threading in some pieces of yarn or fabric scraps to make it unique.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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