25 Outstanding Ikea Ivar Hack Ideas You Won’t Believe 5 Awe-Inspiring Ivar Shelf Hacks + 20 Ivar Cabinet Hacks!
If you love hacks, you’ll be obsessed with these Ikea Ivar hack ideas! Turn your Ikea Ivar cabinet (or shelf) into a personalized thing of beauty after being inspired by these brilliant projects.
Ikea…just say the word “Ikea” and people around you will start gushing over what they have purchased from the company. The other thing they may start talking about? Ikea hacks, of course.
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What? Doesn’t everyone stand around chatting about their favorite Swedish furniture store? I digress.
Ikea designs simple lines of products that are easy (and oh-so-fun) to customize any way you want. In fact, Ikea products are a total DIYer’s paradise!
With a little imagination, you can turn an Ikea product (with a name that you can’t pronounce) into a very expensive-looking piece of furniture that will draw compliments and questions about where you bought it! Remember the whole “I can’t believe it’s not butter” thing? Imagine that but for Ikea!
The Ikea Ivar system, in particular, contains shelf and cabinet units to provide modular and personalizable storage for any and every room in your home. By their very nature, these products are extremely versatile and customizable. Hello, Ikea hacks!
Here’s what’s headed your way in this article:
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Here’s a sneak peek at these genius Ikea Ivar hacks…
5 Awe-Inspiring Ikea Ivar Shelf Hack Ideas
These incredible Ivar Ikea shelf hacks will make you want to run out and get a unit pronto so you can make one yourself.
Check out these beautiful ideas!
This hack idea took a Swedish product and gave it a bit of a Danish twist by making the shelves less deep and adding a modular cabinet. Use this setup in any tight space.
2. Craft Room Organization Haven | Ikea Hackers
Ivar is brilliantly designed because its open shelving provides endless organizational options. Depending on where you want to use your shelves, you can customize the shelf sizes and add bins and other organizational tools to help you get (and stay) mega organized.
3. Magazine Rack Hack | Poppytalk
No need to look at eyesores of stacked magazines anymore. Turn the end of your Ivar Ikea shelf into a magazine rack in this super simple and yet incredibly genius hack.
4. Shelf Makeover | Notes of Nostalgia
I’m not kidding – sometimes, all it takes is a simple coat of beautiful stain to make an Ikea product unrecognizable. These Ivar shelf units were drab and are now gorgeous thanks to some stain (and love).
5. Rustic Modern Shelving | Remodelaholic
I would jump through hoops for the industrial rustic modern look. The mix of wood and metal is just gorgeous!
This hack using Ivar shelf units to create industrial-looking shelves would look beautiful in any room of any home.
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20 Gorgeous Ikea Ivar Cabinet Hacks
Looking to add some storage to your humble abode? Ikea Ivar is where it’s at!
The Ivar line of products also has cabinets in addition to shelf units and their super affordable price tag makes the Ivar cabinet an easy purchase choice for anyone who needs some storage that they want to personalize.
Here are some envy-inducing Ivar cabinet hacks that I just know you’ll love.
1. Add Color With Stain | The Gem Picker
Sometimes, all it takes to elevate a piece of furniture from ho-hum to jaw-dropping is some beautiful stain and adding knobs.
2. Make a Splash | Anika’s DIY Life
Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs a statement piece. The Ikea Ivar cabinet is perfect for that purpose! This hack has it painted red with gold pulls and gold legs.
Don’t you just love those pulls?
3. Do Decoupage | We Are Scout
When done right, decoupage can be bold and contemporary in design and at its finest. With oversized florals trending right now, this hack is gorgeous and projects incredible depth and interest.
All in all, a very creative Ikea hack resulting in a unique piece that no one would even come close to thinking it came from Ikea.
4. Simple Farmhouse Style Kitchen Cabinet | The Fresh Exchange
The Ivar line is surprisingly perfect for using as kitchen cabinets (would you have ever thought to do that?).
Simply paint the entire unit and then add a top woodblock for that farmhouse-style look. Nearly instant (affordable) kitchen cabinets!
5. Kids Room Makeover Idea | Allihoppa
A simple makeover that includes painting, adding legs and colorful decals make this piece a fun, personalized choice for any child’s room. Never run out of space to put away toys in a storage cabinet like this one.
6. Simple But Gorgeous | Ida Interior Lifestyle
Some of the best hack ideas are the most simple ones, right? All this TV cabinet really needed was a small splash of color and to be a tad higher. The fun legs took care of all of that!
I love how the natural wood shines against the colorful legs to look simple and elegant at the same time.
7. Chic Sideboard Storage | Craftifair
Every gal needs great storage space, right? Beautiful, chic storage space doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg, either! Take a couple of Ivar cabinets, screw them together then paint them with matte paint and add a natural wood top for some contrast.
Oh, and don’t forget to add fun legs to complete the project.
8. Woven Cane Hack | September Edit
I cannot get over how amazing this hack looks. I’m a sucker for great texture and this cabinet just oozes depth and personality thanks to this simple hack. The legs and drop handles finish the impression of a completely custom-looking piece.
9. Classy Blue and Gold | Ijuva Magnolia
Blue and gold go together so beautifully! I love the elegance of these two colors together; this simple hack is quick and easy to accomplish while making a big impression.
10. Wall to Wall Cabinet Storage | Infarrantly Creative
This hack is perfect for a craft room, a sewing room, a playroom, an in-home daycare, and much more. If you have a large need for storage but want a clean, organized, uniform look, then this hack is for YOU, my friend!
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11. Midcentury Workstation | Jaymee Srp
For those who love multi-purpose furniture, this hack is for you. Create a hide-away workstation that also doubles as storage for kitchen (or any) supplies.
A simple walnut stain, brass handles, and clean lines lend an authentic midcentury vibe to this piece.
12. Wooden Rod Hack| Pretty Pegs
Going for that designer look? Then you’ll definitely want to try this hack! All you need is about 44 rods per cabinet and some glue to attain this fun and creative design.
Don’t forget the thin, black legs!
13. Designer Bar Cabinet | A Beautiful Mess
When you want out-of-sight bar storage, the Ikea Ivar is your go-to. Create this design with some paint, some (painted) wooden cutouts for the leaves, and some pretty legs.
I bet no one else on your street has a car cabinet like this one.
14. Tall Media Cabinet | City Farmhouse
I love this gorgeous family room cabinet Ivar Ikea hack. Simply paint and secure one Ivar cabinet on top of the other, then secure the unit to the wall. Don’t forget to get good hardware – good hardware makes anything look more unique and expensive.
15. Rattan Boho Cabinet | Make It Boho
How cute is this? I love rattan cabinet hacks! Every time I see one, I just stare in awe at the sophisticated-looking design.
I love the contrast here between the white door frames and the rattan weave.
16. Shell Paint Design | Rumhemma
When you think of painting your Ivar cabinet, don’t just stop at planning for single colors or a main and an accent color. Feel free to spread your wings and get creative by painting patterns and shapes. It adds so much visual interest and FUN to any project!
Why spend hundreds or thousands on a fun, trendy cabinet when you can invest a little elbow grease and spend WAY less on an equally amazing-looking drinks cabinet? Fun paint, a little MDF to add shape and interest, and some fun hardware are all it takes.
18. Engrave the Doors | Ikea Hackers
No one will ever ask you if you got your storage cabinets from Ikea when you engrave the doors like this Ivar Ikea hack. Thanks to being made out of wood, a hack like this one is very do-able.
Not only is this stunning, but it’s also very clever and fun to look at!
19. Hang the Cabinets | The Wall Whisperer
This Ikea Ivar hack is super fun for a couple of different reasons. Instead of using legs, it’s mounted (or hung) on the wall. This gives it a floating, modern look.
Also, the paint job is unique, using geometric designs instead of a scene or pattern. So modern and fun – this is very inspiring!
20. Add Wood Trim | In Between Chaos
I adore the simple elegance of this hack. A little bit of wood trim and paint can go a long way to making a piece of furniture look completely different – and upscale. This is an easy hack to accomplish, but oh man, does it look beautiful.
I love those pulls too!
There you have it! 25 envy-inducing Ikea Ivar hacks that will fool anyone into thinking that you bought your furniture somewhere else and paid WAY more than you actually did!
While you’re here, don’t forget to check out these other Ikea hack posts for more ideas. I promise, they will all make you drool with the desire to start your next DIY project!
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