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IKEA hacks: 34 unexpected ways to use small IKEA furniture for style & organisation

We've said it before and we'll say it again: the finer details make all the difference. Finishing touches and small additions can transform a room's look, style and functionality. Making little changes and adding those thoughtful extras really can have the biggest impact.

However, this area of home shopping is so saturated and often overpriced. With this in mind, we have chosen some of IKEA's best small furniture and finishing touches and collated heaps of ways to update and use them in a way that you wouldn't usually expect. 

In this blog post, you'll be inspired by IKEA hacks on four key IKEA products: the MOSSLANDA picture ledge, BEKVAM spice rack & stool and the SKADIS pegboard. 

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MOSSLANDA picture ledge

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Shop: IKEA, £5

 

1. Floating bedside table

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Pair up two picture ledges, flip one on its head and voila, a super chic floating bedside table. This is a great option for small bedrooms, guest rooms and modern styles. We love the LED light strip inside the two picture ledges to give an even more bespoke furniture finish. 

Want an even more cohesive look? Paint the shelves in same colour as the wall. 

2. A leaning gallery 

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Image credit: IKEA via Cali Rose Lifestyle 

This is a brilliant, non-committal way to display artwork, books or a portfolio. Attaching picture ledges to moveable boards are perfect for residential rentals but also fantastic to use in an office or gallery to show off your work. 

 

3. Corner decor

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Double up your shelves and place adjacent to each other in a corner of your home. This allows you to add character and decor to small spaces, lifeless corners and parts of the home that would otherwise be ignored. 

Paint the shelves the same colour as the wall or the woodwork for a bespoke finish. 

 

4. Smart storage headboard 

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Another example of how the IKEA picture ledge is super helpful in small spaces and homes with limited storage solutions. Attach your picture ledges behind some MDF or plywood (painted in whatever colour you like), and ta-daa, you have a sleek and stylish storage headboard. 

 

5. Spice up your homeKitchen+spice+racks

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Later in this blog post we do talk about the famous IKEA spice rack, however, whilst we're still chatting about the renowned picture ledge, we thought we'd show a super stylish way to display all the spices and herbs that you require for your cooking needs (even if you don't cook, they look great).

Make the shelf look part of your kitchen by painting it the same colour as your cabinets and proudly display your herbs and spices. A nice extra touch is matching all the jars so the display is ultra coherent. 

 

6. The perfect hallway

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Double up the function of your picture ledge by attaching a rail with hooks to the bottom of the shelf. This is brilliant for hanging scarves, hats, bags, jackets (if the shelf is mounted high enough) and creating slim storage for tight hallways. 

We love the stylistic finish here by placing the ledge under a mirror - a perfect hallway look! 

 

7. Storage solutions

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Another brilliant hallway hack. Turn the ledges on their side and wall mount them close to the floor - this turns a picture shelf into an amazing umbrella stand or for rackets/bats if you're super sporty. 

This is also a brilliant way to wedge the front wheel of a bike in a bike shed.

 

8. Compact indoor greenery 

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Love your plants and indoor greenery?  Create a compact wall greenhouse by adding plants to your picture ledge - real or faux. 

Include ivy to cascade off the shelf or go a step further and add hanging baskets below to incorporate even more greenery. 

 

9. Flip it on it's head 

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Image credit: IKEA via Cali Rose Lifestyle 

Just like before, flip the shelf upside down, add a rail and some hooks and hang your most used cooking utensils for easy access in the kitchen. Stylish and practical!

 

10. A wall-mounted playground 

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If you have pet cats, then this is the perfect hack for you. Create an inventive and fun wall playground for your furry friends, with different length picture ledges. Add wall brackets and hang toys to make it extra exciting. 

 

BEKVAM spice rack

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Shop: IKEA, £3.50 

 

11. An aspiring artist's paradise 

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Create the ideal artist's studio by organising paint brushes, crayons, paints and pens in the spice racks. We love how this organisational hack has been paired with large drawing paper on the wall. 

You could take this a step further by using chalkboard paint or making the entire wall a cork board so you can pin paper and creations to be admired. 

 

12. A little one's library 

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The IKEA spice rack also creates an ideal visual bookcase. This is ideal for little ones so they can see their books at a glance and feel inspired and excited by reading time. Mount the shelves low to the ground for easy access for your children, or mount them higher, out of reach, to keep the area tidy and organised. 

 

13. Double the function 

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This hack is so simple, yet so effective. Attach one rack upright on the wall for enclosed shelving - great for items that a prone to toppling  off the shelves! Flip the second rack on it's head and place adjacent and just above the first rack - this creates a rail to hang small clothing.

We love seeing this IKEA hack in nurseries and hallways. 

 

14. Bathroom bliss 

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Another organisers dream! The spice rack is especially good in bathrooms as it comfortably houses small bottles neatly whilst also displaying them in a tidy fashion, so that you can find products easily at a glance. 

An extra hack: we love how they've flipped the bottom rack to create a towel rail. 

 

15. Some extra storage

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Do you have loads bits and bobs that you need quite often but have no idea where to store them? Well, usually these go into a random drawer or bowl where nothing really makes sense together. Well, you can now hang fruit, keys, shopping bags and place anything that can't be hung up on top of the shelf! 

 

16. A beauty bar 

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Another example of the IKEA Spice Rack doing its thing in the world of organisation. It's the perfect beauty bar whether this is for your home or business. Just paint it in with your colour scheme! 

 

BEKVAM Stool

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Shop: IKEA, £20

 

17. Check out some Houndstooth 

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Houndstooth and checks are super in style at the moment, in fashion and interiors. You can create this look with just a splash of white paint and some patterned vinyl. We love introducing monochrome patterns in interiors because they add character without creating too much of a clash. 

 

18. A step into the bedroom 

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The BEKRAM stool is so much for that a stool, it is also the perfect height for a bedside table. It has two levels - one for your lamp and book and another for sleep spray, plants or a candle! 

 

19. Curate your clothing 

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Are you one of those people who plans their outfit the night before? If not, you should be! It makes life so much easier, and the BEKRAM stool makes it even easier. Put your shoes on the step, accessories on the seat and adda pole to hang your clothes from - this ensures a great visual outfit representation and ensures a smooth morning. 

 

20. A small study stool 

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Transient spaces are ideal spots to include a sleek work desk, perfect for home learning or working. However, if the space really is tight then an office chair might struggle to fit. As long as you're not planning on sitting at the desk for hours on end, a stool is the perfect extra seat at a desk or table for occasional home work. 

 

21. Dedicated dining space 

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Has your little one moved out the high chair and is working on their table manners? Make dining exciting for them by creating a small dining area for just them - this will make them feel super grown up and will encourage good eating habits! 

 

22. Stencil your stools 

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Do you remember playing with stencils when you were younger? Well, it's time to get them out again! Using stencils on your furniture can create unique and interesting patterns on furniture that before lacked a bit of style and character.

 

23. Add comfort and character

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Create a cushion to add comfort to the stool - this will make it a more enticing seat! Also,  we love the added interest from the paint effect here. Just using two different paints and some masking tape can create a 'dipped' effect. 

 

24. Play with pattern 

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Patterned vinyl is your best friend when it comes to upcycling plain furniture! Make a playroom even more playful with different colours and patterns or create a cohesive colour palette in your room. 

 

25. A bespoke learning tower 

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With just a bit of extra wood, you can create a learning tower for your toddler, allowing them to be brought up to counter height whilst protecting them from falling. This will encourage your child to get involved in cooking, play or eating where the action is. 

 

SKADIS pegboard

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Shop: IKEA, £15

 

26. A feature wall 

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Cover your entire wall in pegboards to create a super stylish, unique and functional feature wall. This can be used for extra storage, hanging clothes or mounting artwork. This is also a fab solution for small spaces with minimal storage solutions. 

 

27. Sleek bedside storage for small spaces 

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More evidence that the IKEA Pegboard is ideal for small spaces; it can become a perfect bedside table, holding all the essentials, whilst taking up next to no space. 

 

28. Extra closet storage

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Love your clothes, shoes and accessories but simply don't have enough space to store them? Make sure you utilise every surface, and this includes the back of your door! By attaching the pegboards to the door you're enhancing your wardrobe space in an organised fashion. 

 

29. Curate your kitchen 

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Organise your kitchen by attaching your most used spices and utensils to the pegboards so you can easily access them whilst cooking up your favourite dishes. This is also a fantastic way to display recipes so you can follow them at a glance, or to pin up your shopping list that you can conveniently add to whenever you think of something you need to pick up from the shops! 

 

30. A wall mounted tool shed

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Have you ever seen a tool shed that isn't actually a tool shed, it's a wall? This is an amazing space saver that will save you a tonne of hassle when searching for a specific screwdriver or drill - view everything in one place. This is a perfect solution in a garage. 

 

31. Clever cleaning 

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Isn't it ironic how often the least clean and organised space is where you store your cleaning utensils?  Not anymore! Use the pegboard to wall mount your cleaning accessories to ensure everything in the house has a rightful place. 

 

32. Upgrade your gallery wall 

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Are you renting or have wall art based commitment issues? Using pegboards make it easy to chop and change your artwork, giving you freedom when curating your own gallery wall. 

 

33. Utilise your utensils 

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Another fantastic kitchen hack! Wall mount your utensils for easy access and stylish organisation. We love that this pegboards are frame by a shelf for added storage, shelfie styling opportunities and a neat finish. 

 

34. Bespoke your bathroom storage

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We love using pegboards in every room, including bathrooms! There are so many different attachments and additions so that you can store a multitude of items of all shapes and sizes. This means your toothbrush, towels, face wash, hairbrush, tablets... anything, can be stored compactly in one place. 

 

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