An IKEA hack is a when you take an IKEA product and upgrade it in some way that makes it more functional, beautiful, or both. It’s an easy way to update the look and feel of a piece you’ve had for a while, and is often more affordable than buying an entirely new item.
While there are lots of ways to DIY (do it yourself, for the uninitiated), there are also a range of companies that have sprung up over the last few years that provide these hacks for you. The best of them make your IKEA furniture last longer and look expensive. We’ve put together a list of our favorites so that you can hack everything from your kitchen to your couch.
These are the best high-quality IKEA hack companies for upgrading your furniture:
Reform is a Danish company that creates fronts for IKEA kitchens and cabinets. They’ve set themselves apart by collaborating with top-level architects and designers, such as Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and Danish fashion designer Stine Goya, to produce gorgeous pieces. You get to keep your IKEA fittings but still get a designer kitchen; what’s better than that?! Reform has showrooms in both Copenhagen and New York City.
IKEA sofas and chairs can last for years, but the fabric can start to show wear quite quickly. While some seating has removable covers, there are many that don’t. When those stains just aren’t coming off any more, Bemz can help you out. They produce high-quality covers for a huge range of chairs and sofas from IKEA. And if you’re just bored with your biege sofa but don’t want to buy a new one just yet, Bemz’s wide variety of colors and patterns lets you play around with your furniture. Each cover is made-to-order to cut down on textile waste.
Swedish brand Norse Interiors makes front paneling for dressers, nightstands, and storage cabinets, as well as a few handles and legs. The number of IKEA designs that Norse Interiors can accommodate is quite small, but they are popular models. They have a “quick buy” section where you can purchase all the elements to completely overhaul your IKEA Bestå pieces of various sizes.
Prettypegs was founded to extend the life of IKEA furniture, and to highlight that small details can make a big difference. The Swedish brand began with a range of legs for tables, storage, sofas, and beds – these legs not only improve quality, but give a little personality to an oft-forgotten feature. Prettypegs now also makes front layers for IKEA Bestå pieces, and handles.
Superfront makes a range of fronts, sides, tops, handles, and legs for IKEA furniture; they have a larger selection than most IKEA hack companies, including products for large wardrobes and bathrooms. The designs themselves are minimalist and geometric, with a variety of color choices.
Similar to reform, Semihandmade offers kitchen, bathroom and cabinet fronts. The fronts are fairly basic in terms of design but are sturdy and top quality, so it’s more about creating better quality version of the pieces you have than it is about re-designing them. If you really want your IKEA fittings to grow with you, Semimade is a great option.