Photography by Dane Tashima; Styling by Kate Berry

Where does simple Scandinavian style meet Internet virality? TikTok—the fastest-growing destination for interior inspiration and trend spotting. Since the app’s creation, #IKEA has accrued more than 4.6 billion views, so it’s safe to say that people are going crazy for the Sweden-based brand now more than ever. On Instagram alone, there are over 13 million posts mentioning the big-box retailer, according to a recent study conducted by U.K.-based Hey Discount. The virtual fan club (which spans far and wide) shares their newest home improvements, latest purchases, and even tips for how to score more soft-serve ice cream from IKEA’s infamous vending machines. If you too want to take part in this social media–induced craze but don’t yet have a project worthy of posting, here are four ideas on how to infuse your home with a few of the brand’s signature flat-pack pieces—some assembly required. 

Play With Mirrors 

Funky mirrors—you know you want one. IKEA is the perfect place to start your DIY. If you’re going for a more industrial look, try the popular gridded take, which calls for mirrors, some plywood, and trim. Or go a little abstract with a spray-foam border. 

Double Your Storage Without Anyone Knowing

Own one too many spatulas? You can take a page out of Michelle Phillips’s book by fitting two kitchen drawers into one. She modified her interior arrangement by buying two low-profile compartments of the same width plus an Utrusta front and then installing fresh tracks. This easy hack helped her streamline her various cooking tools while also keeping countertops clear. 


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Don’t Settle for Puny Planters

The best ideas are the ones that don’t make sense at first glance. A simple IKEA cabinet is just that until you realize it can be transformed into a fully functioning greenhouse. Artist Robin Schouten was in search of a budget-friendly home for her plants when she discovered the Fabrikör cupboard. After adding the elements necessary for a successful greenhouse (a mini humidifier, a grow light), she turned a basic piece of furniture into a sanctuary for her thriving greenery. Plenty of others have caught on: The project has its own social media presence with the Instagram account @ikeagreenhousecabinet, which has more than 180,000 followers.

Elevate Basics

There’s nothing better than a luxurious-looking piece that doesn’t hurt your wallet. Enter a supersimple (we’re talking 10-minute-long!) DIY that involves stapling some open-cane webbing to the back of IKEA’s Hemnes bed frame, resulting in a sophisticated vibe. With genius ideas like this out there for anyone to see, now you have an excuse to stay up late scrolling on your phone.