30+ IKEA HEMNES Hacks You’ll Want To Make Right Now…
What if you want a piece of furniture that fits your decor or is a little more eye-catching than your wallet can afford? Enter Ikea products. One of their most popular (and hackable!) furniture lines is the Hemnes.
These Ikea Hemnes hacks will have you racing to the store to re-create some of these chic DIY ideas.
And before we dive into these amazing IKEA ideas, I wanted to tell you how HAPPY I am that you came to visit my tiny lil corner of the internet today!
If you’re already an IKEA die-hard (or even if you haven’t yet caught the bug), then grab this free list of 25 IKEA must-have items for a stylish home on a budget! These are my favorite IKEA products as many of them can be used in amazing, outside-the-box ways, too.
In general, Ikea products are known for their simple, affordable style and sturdy construction. Ikea products are popular for good reason…
Why are IKEA products so popular?
1. They’re affordable enough to work with almost any budget.
2. Basic enough (and with enough sizing options) to work in just about any area.
3. Made of solid material and easily adaptable to add your own style or touch.
4. Plus, their cinnamon rolls are incredible. Seriously. Trust me on this.
Ikea’s simple style lends itself well to being easily “hack-able” – that’s the term for personalizing the piece to fit your style.
Making simple upgrades instantly elevates your wallet-friendly finds into chic, expensive-looking décor. Whether you are modifying your Kallax, your Hemnes or any other piece, a few simple tweaks can make it look so amazing that no one will believe you bought it at Ikea.
How Can I Make Ikea Furniture Look More Expensive? Or, ahem…”higher-end”?
I know, it may sound hard to believe but as a somewhat fanatic Ikea hacker, I promise you…a few simple tweaks really can elevate your entire piece. The fun (and challenging part) is you may not immediately know what you want – or can – change to achieve your goal.
When it comes to a Hemnes hack specifically, there are five easy ways you can upgrade your Ikea furniture to give it that customized look:
1. Change Out Knobs
One of the easiest Ikea Hemnes hack ideas is to change out your dresser knobs and replace them. There are so many gorgeous knobs out there, friends. You can even take a page out of my book and use ribbon–yup, I said ribbon—to replace an ugly knob or two.
2. Change The Legs
If you are wondering whether anyone would even notice legs on a piece of furniture, it might surprise you to hear that a small change like this one can have a huge impact on the feel of the room and the overall look of your piece.
3. Paint or Stain it
Most people know how much a coat of paint on the walls can change the look and feel of a room. The same goes for your furniture – a highly effective Ikea Hemnes hack is to paint it. Whether you go solid color, stained, ombre, or something else, changing the color will have a crazy big impact.
4. Change the Top
A very effective Ikea Hemnes hack is to change the top of your piece. By doing this, you elevate the look and can use this hack to blend combined pieces together. Who would have thought? Well.. a lot of people on this list, apparently.
5. Change the Panels
One of the very largest impacts you can make on your Ikea Hemnes furniture is to change the panels. You can do that by adding appliques, decals, contact paper and more to give texture and visual interest.
If you are unsure of what I mean by any of the above…keep reading! You are going to see some eye-popping, jaw-dropping, reeeally good Ikea Hemnes hacks below that employ some of the above methods!
And make sure you grab this list of 25 awesome IKEA products to help you create a stylish home on a budget!
Truly, the best part about IKEA products is their versatility – the ability to change the look or feel of the furniture to fit your space or look a little more high-end. And the cinnamon rolls, too. But I digress. OK, let’s talk Hemnes hacks!
Hemnes Dresser Hacks:
The Hemnes dresser is a very plain, popular piece from Ikea that lends itself well to hacking. It also comes in a pretty good range of colors, from white to dark painted wood and several colors in between. Check out these ideas for how say lemme upgrade ya to your sorta basic Ikea Hemnes dresser.
1. Colorful Ombre Paint Job | The Beauty Revival
Changing shades of colored paint turn a basic dresser into a beautiful focal point that looks amazing in any room of the house. I’m kind of a sucker for a good pink ombre like this one!
2. Cane Webbing| Little House on the Corner
Few people would recognize this Hemnes dresser as an Ikea piece—truthfully, I had to look twice to make sure it really was an Ikea piece! This Hemnes dresser hack provides a sophisticated, unique finished product.
3. Matte Chalk Paint and Modern Legs | Angela Rose Home
Charcoal chalk paint and new pulls join with custom legs to give this piece by @AngelaRoseHome an ultra-sleek and lux modern look. Mama likey.
4. Old Scrap Wood + New Knobs | @Three.Little.Poppies
This Hemnes hack is brought to you by some scrap pieces of wood and super fun new hardware. A little bit old + a little bit new = a winning combination for a brilliant IKEA dresser hack.
5. Patterned Contact Paper | Petite and Bold
If you can cut contact paper to size, you can accomplish this elegant DIY project very quickly. The versatility of contact paper styles means that you have the ability to choose one that suits your style.
6. Limitless Customization Potential | Dalbosco Design
Check out all the beautiful customization on this IKEA dresser. From the wood-look top, to the mint mineral paint, the unique pulls…and check out the interior of the drawers! Amazing all-round. You’d never guess this came from a big-box store, would you?
7. Distressed Dresser Hack | Chisel and Fork
Reinvent your IKEA dresser by painting it white and then giving it a distressed look. It’ll look as if it came right out of Fixer Upper.
8. Add a New Slant | LaffsGaff
Lorna and Dan gave a basic dresser a bold new look with some straight edges, and paint!
9. Wallpaper Wonder | Pillar Box Blue
Wallpaper turns this otherwise bland dresser into a one-of-a-kind beauty.
10. Use Appliques | Blesser House
By gluing on appliques of any design you like and adding new knobs, you can create an incredibly cool look. Go super girly, totally retro, or anything in between – whatever fits your style. You do you, girlfriend.
11. Make it Bright and Colorful | A Beautiful Mess
If you adore color, paint your Hemnes dresser a really fun color and add fun pull knobs too. This hack also makes the dresser perfect for a kid’s room!
Here’s another fun way you can use all-purposeful contact paper to add a simple, fun pattern to a Hemnes dresser.
13. Kitchen Island Hack | Ikea Hackers
Turn your three drawer Hemnes dresser into a functional kitchen island with all the personality you care to cook up.
14. Gold Glam | A Thoughtful Place
Here’s a beautiful example of using decorative fretwork panels to elevate your simple Hemnes dresser into something with plenty of visual interest.
15. Add Texture | Hunker (Photo Credit: Trisha Sprouse)
Adding wooden slats transforms the look of this simple dresser into something elegant and stunning. Finish the look by painting with matte chalk paint.
Don’t forget to grab your top 25 IKEA products list – click here or enter your email by clicking the picture below. I’ll send your guide right away!
Hemnes Table Hacks:
Ready for some more fun Ikea Hemnes hacks? Turn the simple Hemnes coffee table into a central showpiece in your living room with these fun tips and tricks.
16. Barnwood Hemnes Coffee Table | City Farmhouse
If you love that laid back style, this is a gorgeous chic farmhouse look you can create with your Hemnes coffee table.
17. Ottoman Hack | Ikea Hackers
Make your Hemnes coffee table into a large ottoman, perfect for a relaxing evening at home, with this easy Ikea Hemnes hack.
18. Weathered Gray Tabletop | Centsational Style
The dark weathered gray top contrasts magnificently with the white bottom. I love the contrast here!
19. DIY Farmhouse Table | The Creative Mom
Another example of the farmhouse look on top of a white coffee table base, but this has a more rustic element to the look.
20. Hemnes White Wood Table | Golden Boys and Me
This Hemnes hack keeps the piece light and bright while adding visual interest mostly through texture.
21. Black Chalkboard Coffee Table | Ikea Hackers
Have kids that love to draw or simply love the look of chalkboard paint? This hack is for you. I needed this one in my living room a few years ago! 😉
Living Room Furniture Hemnes Hacks:
These are all hacks that use the Hemnes tv consoles or bookshelves. Like I said…this furniture line has no limits!
22. Mudroom Hack | House By Hoff
This hack is spectacular! The creativity that went into this hack paid off in spades with a very custom-looking mudroom organizer that no one would guess was Ikea furniture.
23. Add Background Textures or Patterns | Made 2 Style
This Hemnes hack incorporates using contact paper on the back panel as well as lighting in each cubby, to look amazing day and night.
Bedroom Furniture Hemnes Hacks:
Hemnes dressers aren’t the only bedroom furniture you can hack. Check out these ideas for giving your Hemnes extra style in the bedroom.
24. Add a Headboard | The Cuban in My Coffee
Take the simple-looking Hemnes daybed and make it look glamorous by adding a custom headboard.
25. DIY Leather Tufted Headboard Hack | And Then We Tried
When your wallet can’t keep up with your desires, DIY it, like this headboard inspired by a West Elm headboard.
26. Add Under the Bed Storage | Jessica Wellington Interiors
Hack Hemnes rolling drawers to fit under the Mydal bunk bed unit to create under the bed storage.
27. Custom Headboard | Honeybear Lane
Here’s another way of making a headboard for the Ikea Hemnes daybed. Simple, cute, affordable, and functional – that’s my kind of style!
More Ikea Hemnes Hack Ideas:
Here are a few other ideas for pieces to enjoy in every room of your home.
28. Shallow Storage Hack | Semigloss Design
What a clever idea! Emy shows you how you can turn a Hemnes shoe cabinet into a chic shallow storage cabinet with caning for narrow spaces. This is perfect for a hallway, small entryway, mudroom and more.
29. Flip Top Double Desk Hemnes Hack | Remodelaholic
Take the standard 2-drawer Hemnes desk and turn it into a separated 2 station flip top desk.
30. Create a long desk | Jones Design Co.
Make 3 small Hemnes dressers into a very long, 2-person desk by adding a wall-to-wall desktop to fuse the look together.
31. Hemnes Kitchen Cabinet Hack | Woodstone and Linen
Juli proves there’s no reason why Hemnes can’t hang out in the kitchen, too. She transformed her IKEA dressers into gorgeous, functional kitchen cabinetry. Check out more of the images on her IG account. Amazing!
I hope you found some Ikea Hemnes hack ideas on this list to help you turn your own Hemnes unit into something incredible and personal!
Looking for even more IKEA ideas and inspiration? Check these out, too!
More IKEA Ideas To Try…
Pin this post for later! And if you make one, leave a comment (or better yet, a photo) on the pin! That helps others know whether they want to try this project, too!
Don’t leave empty-handed! Grab your free copy of our “25 Best IKEA Buys For A Stylish Home On A Budget” list! It’s the next best thing to an IKEA cinnamon roll (and if you haven’t tried one of those, you are missing one of life’s biggest joys)!