22 Ikea Rast Hack Ideas You’ll Want To Try Right Away…
Looking to renovate your oh-so-basic Ikea Rast? I have just the idea for you! This list of Ikea Rast hack ideas includes something for everyone, so no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it below.
Recently, I’ve been on a major Ikea kick – and why not? I love the affordability and “hackability” of their furniture. Being able to buy a sturdy piece of furniture at a really reasonable price and then changing it up to make it personalized to your own tastes and home decor is my absolute favorite combination.
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Today, it’s time to focus our attention on the Rast. The Ikea Rast dresser is a small, simple 3-drawer dresser that lends itself well to customizing into many different possibilities.
This small space favorite is a must-have for several reasons:
- It’s completely affordable (at $40 you just can’t beat the price).
- The piece is made of pine wood.
- It’s very sturdy.
- The compact size makes it handy for LOTS of different uses.
- It’s only 12 inches deep, meaning it can fit in many different spaces.
Ikea markets the Rast as a dresser or a chest, but its size makes it perfect for SO MANY different uses. In no way are you limited to using this handy, compact piece of furniture as a dresser.
Here are other possible jobs for your Rast collection:
- Toy storage
- Kitchen island
- Closet island
- Console table
- End table
- And more!
I’m breaking down this list into three basic groups of hacks to help you find what you’re looking for a little easier: dresser (using the Rast as a dresser or chest), nightstand, and other hacks.
9 Ikea Rast Dresser Hacks
The Ikea dresser hacks you’ll find on this list are pure inspiration. No matter what style decor you have, you’ll find at least one hack idea here that will fit perfectly!
1. DIY Victorian-Style Dresser | This Old House
I love a good navy and gold combination. This Ikea Rast hack is impressive on so many levels!
The dainty pulls complement the embellishments and panel trim while the tray top and jigsaw-cut apron in the front adds intricate touches that any DIYer will appreciate.
2. Rast Hack | Hawthorne and Main
Simple yet complex.
That’s the story behind this hack.
The designs painted on this Ikea Rast dresser hack are not created from stencils by rather aided by tape. To re-create this hack, design your paint design then add legs and jewel knobs for a fun, versatile piece!
3. Eclectic Fun | Classy Clutter
Add a little spice to your life with an eclectic hack like this one. Simply cover your unit in a patterned paper like wallpaper or contact paper. Then, add rollers as legs and any kind of pull that you want.
This particular hack used metallic ring pulls!
4. Clean & Simple | Sew a Fine Seam
Ikea hacks can look complex or can look simple and classic. This hack is the latter – it’s clean lines, fresh white paint, knobs, and casters elevate a simple pine dresser to a look that is deceptively simple but elegantly classy at the same time.
5. A Touch of Hollywood | Good Housekeeping
We all need a touch of glam, right? Paint the entire unit a high gloss shade of your choice and add a fun pattern by cutting wallpaper to the size of your drawers and attaching it.
Finish off this easy DIY project with chic knobs!
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6. Boho Rast Hack | Build and Create Home
Ikea hacks can be amazing without being excessive. Sometimes, all you need to complete a terrific makeover is some paint and beautiful pulls!
This hack is a perfect example of turning an Ikea Rast into a stunning piece with just a little bit of work.
7. Make it Modern | Mad in Crafts
I love this Rast hack with a modern twist!
Here’s another example of how much some simple paint and hardware can transform a piece of furniture. For this hack, paint the entire unit, add nail heads for the trim, legs, and hardware of your choice. Super fun and thoroughly modern!
8. Architect Style Chest | Style Squeeze
This hack looks more simple than it is. While not complicated, taking a few extra steps can be all that you need to truly make this Rast dresser hack spectacular. I love the attention to detail in this hack…and that dark oak stain!
9. Simple Upgrade | Ikea Hackers
Have you ever found yourself wanting to try an Ikea Rast hack but stopped yourself because you thought it would take you too long (or maybe cost too much)? Here’s a perfect example of how untrue that is.
To accomplish this gorgeous hack, all you need is 45 minutes and $24 for parts.
9 Ikea Rast Nightstand Hacks
Now, it’s time to look at a few Rast nightstand hack ideas. The Rast’s small, humble size makes it the perfect candidate for using it as a nightstand.
Take a gander at all these amazing ideas!
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1. DIY Ikea Rast Nightstand | Paul Tran DIY
A good wood stain can go a long way, right? The dark oak stain use in this hack looks amazing, especially when paired with the hardware, tabletop with Roman edging and the curved footer.
You could use this piece in any room of your home and no one would EVER guess it came from Ikea.
2. Rustic Industrial Nightstand | Cherished Bliss
Love the plank look? You can fake it by cutting in lines at evenly spaced intervals. This hack would fool anyone into believing the drawers have plank fronts.
Add some amazing cup pulls and a layer of warm, dark grey paint and if you’re going for that rustic industrial look, this hack nails it.
3. Apothecary Nightstand | House By Hoff
I’m a sucker for cup pulls and contrasting color combinations. The white base with the stained wood tabletop looks amazing, but this hack had me at “cup pulls”.
I took one look at those in an apothecary style and instantly wanted to make this myself!
4. Anthropologie-Inspired Hack | Sincerely Sara D
See what a little trim can do? An inexpensive way to hack your Ikea furniture and make it look completely non-Ikea (is that a word?) is to add trim to it. Then, paint and adorn as your wish to achieve a much more custom – and expensive – look.
5. Farmhouse Nightstand | Dreaming of Homemaking
If you love the farmhouse look, this one is for you! Adding some trim, a tabletop, and a cutout footboard goes a long way to customizing this Rast unit. I just love that wood stain and the cup pulls!
6. Combine Units Together | Made Do And DIY
Nothing on the “hacking rulebook” says you can only hack one unit at a time! When you need more storage (or more shelf) space, combine units together. This Ikea Rast hack turns three separate units into one single unit and gives it a campaign-style makeover.
Now it’s a console, a long dresser, or whatever you need it to be!
7. Leather and Brass Campaign Hack | Vintage Revivals
It’s luggage-style with a splash of color! This Rast hack takes a chest and paints it a beautiful pink before adding brass brackets and pulls.
This particular hack also adds a piece of cut leather behind the pulls, and I just love the effect it creates.
8. Paint and Stain Hack | Brittany Stager
Instead of painting the entire dresser or staining the entire unit, you could mix and match like this Ikea Rast hack.
Paint the outside frame of the dresser while staining the drawers and adding antique pulls for a very chic and unique look to the piece.
9. Simple Feminine Beauty | Shelterness
Here’s another example of mixing and matching paint and staining techniques. In this Ikea Rast dresser hack, the entire unit except for the top is painted white while the top of the unit is stained.
The contrast has tons of appeal but the final touch of adding glass pulls makes this nightstand gorgeous.
4 Other Ikea Rast Hack Ideas
Want to use your Rast somewhere other than the bedroom? Here are some eye-catching hacks for the rest of your house.
1. Ikea Rast Desk Hack | Addison Meadows Lane
This is seriously one of the coolest desks I’ve ever seen! And, you’d never know it was an Ikea Rast hack, would you? I love the creativity and the practicality of this desk idea for the space it is in.
I am inspired to create something just by looking at this!
2. Mid-Century Desk | Good Housekeeping
Here’s a totally different Ikea desk hack that uses two Rast chests. For the person who needs some serious storage and plentiful workspace, we got you fully covered!
3. Cool Entryway Table | Cheercrank
An eye-catching piece to add to your living! This entry table looks terrific and is the perfect size for many entry spaces. The way that the silver pulls and legs pop against the dark paint creates a stand-out and unique-looking piece of furniture.
4. Dog Bed Ikea Rast Hack | Our House Now a Home
This is definitely creative! I love this idea.
It may not work for a large dog, but a small-ish dog may really enjoy having a dog bed all their own – while you can also enjoy the functionality of still have storage in the upper part of the dresser.
There you go, friends! I hope you enjoyed seeing the creativity of these 22 Ikea Rast hack ideas and let yourself be inspired to upcycle one of your own pieces in a creative and eye-catching way!
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