11 Companies That Hack IKEA for You
Oh, IKEA. You’re a renter’s best friend, a DIYer’s dream, and a first-time homeowner’s saving grace. Because of that, you’re also a bit ubiquitous. Everyone loves a good storage footstool or contemporary sofa, but when all of your friends have the same one, it’s probably time for a change. Fortunately, you don’t have to cleanse your home of IKEA in order to upgrade your furniture. There are companies out there that make hardware, stickers, and slipcovers specifically customized to fit your IKEA faves.
1. Superfront: When you want to take that custom IKEA kitchen from “looks affordable” to “looks high-end,” there’s actually not much to it. Replacing cabinet pulls, knobs, legs, and more is one of the easiest DIY hacks in the book. Superfront has dozens of combinations to choose from that are tailored to fit IKEA’s most common pieces of furniture.
2. PrettyPegs: This company is best known for its customized furniture legs, which bring new life to IKEA tables, sofas, beds, and more. If you can’t get enough of the bright color options, they even have front layers, which you can use to jazz up the front of your IKEA dressers or cabinets.
3. Bemz: Original upholstery looking a little worn for wear? Bemz recovers a HUGE selection of IKEA sofas, loungers, armchairs, footstools, and more with all sorts of stunning textiles in various cottons and linens and from well known designers. The problem won’t be finding one you love… it’ll be narrowing down your favorite.
4. Comfort Works: This Australian brand doesn’t just do fabric slipcovers. They can also throw some new bi-cast leather onto your sofas, like the Karlstad and Kivik varieties.
5. Semihandmade: Just like with furniture, IKEA kitchens make a great first purchase in a new home. But if you’re a few years down the line and wishing you could upgrade, there’s no need to start from scratch. These new doors and fronts are custom-made to fit your IKEA system. (via Semihandmade)
6. Reform: This Copenhagen-based company makes over your entire IKEA kitchen with architect-designed fronts. They’ll even help you come up with the design, whether you want powdery blue or all gold everything. (via Reform)
7. O’verlays: Like crown molding or wainscoting, sometimes all you need is a bit of detailing to add elegance to a room. That’s just what these perfectly-sized O’verlays do for your dressers, side tables, bed frames, and even cribs. Leave them white or paint them a contrasting color to create a look that’s all yours. We highly recommend checking out the official blog for dozens of ideas, including how to use them on walls. (via O’verlays)
8. Norse Interiors: Combine American design and Scandinavian craftsmanship with Norse Interiors, which sends you unique panels, knobs, and furniture legs to update your IKEA furniture with the coolest colors and patterns.
9. PANYL: You had such good intentions for that Malm dresser. Or that Micke desk. Sooo many possibilities for the Billy bookcase. But if you just haven’t gotten around to adding some pizazz to your plain furniture, keep it simple. No paint cans or hard labor is required for these accent colors — just peel-and-stick vinyl.
10. Mykea: If graphic prints are more your thing, you’re gonna love browsing Mykea’s portfolio. Ranging from intricate sketches to far-out patterns, these vinyl stickers can be applied to many of the IKEA greats.
11. Cover Couch: Some of those Bemz covers can seriously break the bank. So if you’re tied to a budget, this slipcover company may be more up your alley. Many of the same IKEA series are available in a selection of more traditional solids and patterns.
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Additional reporting by Sara Cagle