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5 ideas for customising furniture

At IKEA we firmly believe that our furniture can live several different lives. We believe that "save our furniture" has a direct effect on savings and sustainability and, what's more, it helps us to constantly improve and evolve our homes. That's why we want to inspire you with these 5 simple ideas for customising furniture, achieving spectacular results. This way, your furniture will be totally different and will be as good as new by your side.
You don't need to be "handy"… just enthusiastic!

1. How to customise a coffee table

Your coffee table is one of the most well-used pieces of furniture on a daily basis. That's why it's also something that we most want to personalise and customise.

We want to suggest that you refurbish a table, in this case a glass one, in a simple but very striking and original way. As though it's a Pollock painting!

Let's get started, step by step:

  1. First of all, find a large enough space that's clutter-free to get down to work.
  2. Cover and protect the space in which you're going to paint: try to avoid staining the floor or the furniture around you.
  3. When everything is ready, take the glass off the table.
  4. Treat the underside of the glass as if it were a canvas - pepper it and doodle with your favourite coloured paints (or whatever you have to hand).
  5. Leave the paint to dry.
  6. Give it a coat of black paint and leave the paint to dry again. For both this step and the one before, if you've used acrylic paints, 5 hours will be enough. However, if you've used gloss, let it dry for at least 24 hours between one coat and the next.
  7. Put the glass back. And that's it!

There's no such thing as a mistake on this canvas of creativity, so we're sure that you'll end up with a beautiful table.

2. Cover your bed's headboard with velvet

If you want your bedroom to look like a luxury hotel suite, or simply to give it a more sophisticated and warm appearance, re-upholster the bed's headboard with velvet. This simple idea consists of putting rectangular panels of foam on the headboard and covering them with a curtain.

It's easier than it might seem, so we want to explain it fully to you step by step, where you'll see in detail how you have to measure, cut, sew, glue and staple to know how to upholster your bed's headboard.

3. From a classic lamp to an original lamp

Our HOLMÖ paper floor lamp is one of our most well-known best sellers. We're sure that you'll know it! Right, if you want to inject new life into it or simply turn it into a completely different model to give your living room a face lift, don't miss how to customise this lamp step by step.
It's so easy!

  1. Remove the shades.
  2. Put the ends together so that it's shaped like a doughnut.
  3. Attach them with sticky tape or strips of paper.
  4. Next, add an LED bulb and cable (it has to be LED so it doesn't get hot).
  5. Pop it on the floor and see how it glows!

4. Customise your rug with different fabrics

Giving your rug a new look is as easy as you like. Why? Because it's just a case of adding or sewing various patterns or details, depending on what you like best.

Sew on strands of thread or wool, tie on strips of old clothes or other fabrics, attach little pompoms in one or several colours... Use whatever you have around the house that you think could look cute on your rug.

And if after customising your rug it's too pretty to walk on, hang it up like a work of art!

5. How to turn a stool into a piece of occasional furniture

Another top IKEA piece is the FROSTA stool. Well, it's not only extremely useful (like any stool that you value) when you need to do something in a hurry, stack something, move something, etc. It's also great as a piece of furniture to give a whole new life to.

We're going to see how to turn it into an occasional table to hang in the entrance hall, use as a night stand, put beside the sofa in the living room… The possibilities are endless! Also, you can make some hooks using the leftover legs. Let's get down to business!

  1. Start by taking it apart.
  2. Next, paint all the pieces your favourite colour (or whatever goes best with the rest of the decor).
  3. Screw one of the legs to the underside of the seat and you'll have an occasional wall table.
  4. Use the other legs as hooks on the wall.
  5. You could add knobs to those legs in the existing holes. They'll be even more useful when you want to hang things up.

And see how great it looks!

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We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.