The Best IKEA Hacks to Upgrade Your Furniture

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.

Are you an IKEA hacker? Do you want to modify your IKEA furniture? These companies are for you!

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. This includes adding legs to IKEA cabinets, adding cabinet faces to IKEA kitchens, and adding pulls to IKEA wardrobes.

We’ve put together a list of our favorites so that you can hack everything from your kitchen to your minimalist Scandinavian design couch.

These are the best high-quality IKEA hack companies for upgrading your furniture:

List Marker: Number 1Reform

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.






List Marker: Number 2Bemz

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.

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Combining the IKEA Söderhamn sofa with Bemz covers. It’s a match made in heaven. The Söderhamn by far one of IKEA’s most classic and streamlined sofas, with a flexible modular shape, and the option of armrests. Also, it’s super comfy; even for guests!

The sofa really shines in Bemz’s latest Simply Velvet covers.






List Marker: Number 3Norse Interiors

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.


Norse Interiors




List Marker: Number 4Prettypegs

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.






List Marker: Number 5SuperFront

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.






List Marker: Number 6Semihandmade

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.






List Marker: Number 7A.S. Helsingö

Finnish IKEA hack brand A.S. Helsingö takes hacks one step further in the quality department. Everything from kitchens to sideboards become entirely customizable in terms of color, legs, pulls, and doors, and you can make all your decisions easily thanks to their streamlined online shopping experience.

A.S. Helsingö’s doors are made at their factory in the Finnish Lake District, so the material and craftsmanship can’t be beat.


A.S. Helsingö



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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.