Get the best of both worlds with inexpensive storage ideas that save you money and organize your items. Our roundup of favorite furniture hacks features ordinary IKEA items repurposed into new-and-improved storage solutions. When you're done with these DIY projects, no one will be able to tell you went to IKEA.

By Hannah Bruneman

Bargain hunters and DIYers are big fans of Swedish retailer IKEA, and for good reason! By making minor tweaks and rethinking a product's purpose, you can organize your entire home with personalized IKEA products. We've seen repurposed dressers, bar carts, and even a storage bed frame made from bookshelves. The possibilities really do seem endless. Below are ten IKEA hacks that put storage at the forefront so you can streamline every space in your home.

A stylish at-home office can be tough to achieve on a budget. However, a sleek, modern desk can be yours after a quick trip to IKEA. This clever solution pairs two ALEX drawer units with an inexpensive LINNMON tabletop for an easy afternoon project. The tabletop comes in multiple colors, so you can easily choose a shade that fits your style. Use the time and money you saved to buy cute desk accessories that help you stay organized.

IKEA has some great assembled furniture pieces, but the real gems are individual project pieces sold separately. The EKBY LERBERG bracket is great for creating custom shelving. This blogger took it a step further and used the bracket to create modern shelving. By simply turning the unit on its head, these wood shelves are both stylish and functional.

It’s rare to find a coffee table that checks all the boxes—ample storage, durability, style, and affordability. This home blogger found a way to have it all. She started with a LACK coffee table for its appealing price and two-tier storage, then added wood planks to the top for long-lasting style. She chose to stain the surface for a farmhouse look, but you can paint the wood any color you want.

Pantry shelving is a basic kitchen storage necessity, and IKEA’s inexpensive HYLLIS shelf unit provides a no-frills solution. One blogger, however, had a creative vision for the furniture piece. She took three shelving units and connected them with wood planks to form a farmhouse-style bookcase that stretched wall to wall. Each HYLLIS unit cost just $14.99, and the wood planks can be found at an affordable price, too. We can’t think of a better way to display our favorite decor and accents!

Who knew that the affordable LUROY slatted bed base could be repurposed as a storage unit? Luckily, this blogger did! The bed frame comes assembled, so all you have to do is hang it using large hooks. From there, decide its purpose and begin filling it with your items. S-hooks are great for holding baskets or kitchen utensils. Magazines or towels conveniently fold over the slats, and belts can easily drape over the edges.

We’re definitely trying this one at home. This IKEA-suggested project uses two MOSSLANDA picture ledges; one is hung normally and the second is flipped upside down and installed above. The result creates a tiered floating bedside table perfect for keeping reading glasses safe and displaying art on top. Illuminate the contents with a dim LED light strip placed inside.

The IKEA KALLAX shelf unit is a popular choice for DIY storage makeovers. It’s simple, sturdy, and a steal at $38.99. For this furniture hack, the blogger flipped the cube on its side. By adding a cushioned lid, she made a clever toy storage box for a kid's room. This storage project would work great holding blankets and DVDs in a basement entertaining area. Add a bottom and casters to make it mobile!

Turn a shallow shadow box into compact entryway storage. The RIBBA frame from IKEA is an inexpensive product perfect for this project. This blogger removed the glass pane, added corkboard to the back, and installed hooks to the bottom. Hang the storage unit by your garage door or entryway to catch car keys and important bills when entering and leaving your home.

Built-in storage units aren’t cheap…unless you can get yourself to an IKEA. There, you’ll find the versatile KALLAX shelf, which can be transformed into your newest living room storage unit. This blogger picked up a few power tools and got to work by splitting a four-tiered bookcase in two and placing each section on the ends of a cubby shelf. Topped with a sheet of MDF, the result looks high-end!

The back of your sofa isn’t always appealing to look at. However, a sofa table can help your eye skip right over the blank space and showcase beautiful decor. This IKEA storage hack is made from two products: the ADILS legs and LACK wall shelf. All you need to do is attach the legs to the tabletop and your sofa table is complete! Use the surface as a landing pad for keys and trinkets, and slide baskets beneath it for bonus storage.

Comments (3)

March 27, 2019
Those Galvanized steel shelves are garbage! Hence why they are $15. They are so flimsy. Mine collapsed with barely any weight on them. Those shelves might work to keep the unit stable. But I would be aware they lean terribly. But what can you expect from IKEA?!
March 23, 2019
Proverbsgirl is right, shelving units are $15 at IKEA. The link sends us to Amazon where they are $44. Though they are galvanized steel, not black. She must have painted them. Still an awesome wall unit for only $100.
February 7, 2019
The Proverbs 31 Girl must have done her shelves a long, long time ago. She says her Hyllis shelves cost $14.99 each. Not anymore! I just looked online and currently, they are close to $50 apiece. So her hack is now out of my price range. :(