Published on April 20, 2020

Staying at home means developing unexpected pangs of longing for the places you used to frequent: the neighborhood coffee shop where you’d always get your morning brew, the local restaurant with the perfect outdoor seating setup, and all the stores that you’d spend hours perusing. But the temporary loss of one store in particular has left an especially big gap in our lives: IKEA. Luckily, there is a new way to re-create the experience of roaming its especially spacious, labyrinthine halls.

IKEA U.K. has shared the full recipe for making its famed meatballs from scratch, and they’re just as easy to assemble as your Malm bed (you’ll just have to convert from the metric measurements). Sure, you might not be able to do your home shopping in person for now, but you can top a day full of IKEA DIYs with a delicious meal that makes you feel like you’re practically there. Consider these at-home projects the perfect side dish.

The Built-In Bookcase

IKEA Billy bookcasePin It
Photography by Elise Joseph

What better time than now to create the shelving system of your dreams? This DIY by Elise Joseph is proof of the Billy bookcase’s major potential.

The Headboard Hack

IKEA Hemnes Headboard DIYPin It
Photography by Rebecca Deczynski

If you have a Hemnes bed frame, all you need is some cane webbing and a staple gun to give it a textured twist.

The Lamp Doodle

IKEA Pendant light with illustrationPin It
Photography by Meghan McNeer

On its own, the Regolit pendant is a cool, Noguchi-inspired statement. But with a Sharpie on hand, you can make it even more striking.

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