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While the whole world seems to be on TikTok for the dances and cute puppies, we’re on the app for the clever design ideas—particularly the ones that involve a cheap thrill from IKEA. The same goes for other platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit: We’ll happily fall down a rabbit hole of Billy bookcase and Ivar cabinet transformations any day. 

Rather than feel guilty about the hours we’ve spent mindlessly consuming hacks, we’ve decided to celebrate it by rounding up some of our thumb-stopping favorites from this month. 

Level Up Your Side Piece

@lesslikelytodrinkfriend

I bought two table for each side. To add an additional bottom so it would be a little taller.

♬ THEY ARE GONNA KNOW – Heliqs

What makes something go viral? It seems the winning recipe is a combo of catchy audio, a low-price idea, and an IKEA classic. At least that was the case for a user known as Gege (@lesslikelytodrinkfriend), who racked up 3.5 million views with her project that involved combining two Lack side tables to create a more elevated look with—bonus!—a shelf. The $15 upgrade called for a bit of Gorilla wood glue and a little black paint. Be sure to check out part two for even more how-to details. 


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Play Hide-and-Seek 

With stumped homeowners asking everything from “What is this room missing?” to “Can you help me pick a paint color,” Reddit’s r/HomeDecorating section is a solid resource for the indecisive. Recently, a user posted an SOS for an awkward router situation where the corner setup was simultaneously plugged into two adjacent walls, making an easy cover-up tough. Even worse, the person had hung a swing chair above the tech, so the solution needed to be low profile. For a quick fix, one clever responder had the genius suggestion of buying IKEA’s Saluding basket, cutting a hole in the back for the cords, and concealing the device inside. The bin’s open top still allows access to the essential reset button when Internet gets spotty. 

Let There Be Light

Stockholm-based DIYer Lejla Eken‘s mushroom lighting trick costs only $25 and doesn’t require any electrical know-how. With the glass Karafe, Blanda serving bowl, Molgan light, and a layer of textured spray paint, she crafted an adorable dome-shaped table lamp. While the motion-activated LED fixture she used is not available in the States, you can replicate the hack with a mini Ramsta lamp or by gluing a string of Ledfyr lights under the bowl. You can also swap out the Finnish-based Maston stone paint for a similar, made-in-the-USA option by Rust-Oleum. This DIY puts the fun in fungi.