The Best IKEA Hacks for Built-In Storage (Stolen From Instagram)

IKEA built-in entryway storage Image: @tommapetersen

You know it’s a good investment. You just need a way to do it with less money and time.

When dreaming about built-in storage, you’re probably thinking costly custom or a DIY project that’ll take you foreeeeever.

Enter Ikea.

Despite the pervasive Swedish retailer’s reputation for, shall we say, semi-permanent furnishings, you can easily hack Ikea stuff so it looks like it was always there. Here are five super clever Ikea hacks we found on Instagram:

#1 Ikea Closet Hack


My dream closet is real! 🙌🏻 This renovation took FOREVER but it was so worth the wait! You can see the Before + After via link in profile! #diy #dreamcloset #builtin #closetgoals

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Ah, the charm of pre-war architecture — and the agony of closet-less rooms. Besides being a day-to-day pain, they can hurt resale value because most buyers expect built-in closets.

Hack away that pain with some Ikea Pax Wardrobes ($159 each).

When secured together and to the wall, then jazzed up with trim and hardware, no one would ever believe you hex-keyed them together.

Tip: Hit Ikea on a weekday, when sales are slower, and an associate might have extra time to help measure and plan.

#2 Kitchen Island From Ikea Bookcases


Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! We are finally getting to some projects (painting) and lots of cleaning & organizing. #ikeahack #homedecor #home #kitchen #kitchendecor #whitekitchen #ikeausa #goldenboysandme #blogger #ontheblog

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Ooo. A stunning, custom-built kitchen island. Wipe your drool, look closely, and you might make out Ikea’s famed Billy bookcases ($29-$39) under all that fancy beadboard.

The trim and butcher-block countertop add gravitas to the lightweight shelving.

For longevity’s sake, consider solid wood versus wood-covered particleboard so you can refinish it when needed.

#3 Window Seat


‘Homemade’ for #myhousethismonth. Me and my father in law, Den, made this window seat/log storage, well more of an IKEA hack @ikeahackersofficial Using a Kalax bookcase turned on its side. Then built round it do it fit in perfectly. . Happy pancake day! Ive got my boys making mine 😬 I can smell burning 🙈 . #ikea #ikeahack #ikeahacks #ikeahackers #windowseat #window #windowtreatments #myhyggehome #acribofmyown #howyouhome #interiorstyling #interior123 #interior4you #interior4all #fafffriday #stylemyhome #interior_and_living #interiorgoals #deluxroom #deliciousdarkdecor #plantsofinstagram #plantsmakepeoplehappy #styleithappy #interiorboom #aflashofgold #rockinteriors #suyhome #currentdesignsituation

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If you’re adding built-in storage, why not build yourself a seat, too? Some painted MDF turns Ikea’s Kallax shelving ($46) into a dreamy built-in window seat.

While Kallax is among Ikea’s most flexible storage systems (want baskets in those squares? A box? More, smaller shelves?), it only comes in one length.

So before committing to this Ikea hack, make sure your window bay is 58 inches or less — and not so much wider that MDF can’t fill in the gaps.

#4 Entertainment Center


This Quartzite/IKEA kitchen cabinets combo totally rocks. @mumlittleloves, I want to hang out and watch TV with you. —————- Here’s the next #ikeahack update. I am totally loving the quartzite top! Now I’m hunting for some gorgeous hardware, and contemplating the plinth. What do you think? 📷: @mumlittleloves

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This hack brings the versatility and simplicity of Ikea kitchen cabinets into the living room. And a little quartzite countertop and MDF make these cabinets look like they were born in that cove.

Tip: There’s just one Ikea cabinet box: Sektion ($111). But it comes in a bajillion options. Dive into the website as well as your local store before settling on the first door and hardware pairing that fits your space.

#5 Efficient Entryway Storage


Super funktionel skógvaskáp frá IKEA 😍👌👏🏻 #ikea #ikeahack #tronesikea #rabarbuglas #indretning #nordiskehjem

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Mount a bunch of Ikea Trones ($39.99) in a row, top them off with a slim shelf, and you can leave your days of tripping over shoes (and leashes and mail and hats) in the past.

While this built-in trick works especially well in foyers, any slim spot desperate for storage will get a functionality boost from this hack.

Related: 7 Genius Entryway Hacks to Get You Out the Door Faster

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