This $9 IKEA Hack Instantly Upgrades Basic Floating Shelves
And three other ideas we spotted on TikTok in February.
Updated Mar 1, 2023 1:27 PM
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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 time we’ve spent mindlessly consuming hacks, we’ve decided to celebrate it by rounding up some of our thumb-stopping favorites from the past month.
On the Slopes
Emma Courtney is usually quick to start with a Pax system for her storage hacks, but because of an awkwardly sloped ceiling in her sister’s attic, her go-to wouldn’t cut it. Instead she used a set of Sektion kitchen cabinets to create a shorter unit to build up from. She still found a way to give her favorite piece a place to shine—the tall Pax doors were perfect for the fronts, given there was more vertical space to work with at that angle.
This simple idea from TikToker Emma Dittmer only takes a few minutes but adds a serious upgrade to basic floating shelves. By flipping IKEA’s polished brass Hultapr pot rails on their sides and screwing them into the existing planks, not only did she safeguard precious items from falling off (which had happened in the past), she made her space look more bespoke by matching the rods to her nearby fixture finishes.
All Lined Up
After coming across Aboli’s (aka @spruce_n_spice) top tips for perfecting slatted feature walls, we wanted more. Luckily we came across the fully detailed project on her blog. The self-taught DIYer transformed what was once just a basic transition space into a focal point in her home and a stylish backdrop for her oval Lindbyn mirror.
In this metamorphosis from TikTok user Patri (also know as @LovinHope_), two Blanda bowls join together to become a chic source of light in a cozy corner of the creator’s home. A string of wood beads helps hide the seams, while several inches of twine conceal the Hemma cord. Dinner is served.