Has anyone solved the mystery of why nightstands are so expensive? Yes, we need them for keeping all our lotions, books and chargers neatly stored away, but when you have to buy two of them you don鈥檛 want to spend an exorbitant amount. IKEA comes to the rescue with their simple and universally appreciated designs that you can take to the next level with the right amount of paint, glue and accessories. Whatever style your room is, we鈥檝e got 21 nightstand hacks that won鈥檛 break the bank.

1. Inexpensive Makeover: This adorable DIY only cost $12 to make over. The white and wood contrast creates a sleek, retro style and the slim golden pull is the perfect accent. (via Beautiful Protest)

2. Leather and Brass Campaign: Create a unique nightstand by using simple gold pulls and a leather backing for an antique look. Plus, how fabulous is that pale pink paint color? (via Vintage Revivals)

3. Color Dipped Legs: Add extra color to your room by dipping the legs of your side table in something bright. (via Apartment Therapy)

4. Black Accents: While you can鈥檛 beat the price of the simple white Malm dressers, they are a bit lacking in character. Dress them up by adding an overlay in a fun accent color for a modern update. (via Mint Love Social Club)

5. Neon Stool: We鈥檒l never say no to a pop of neon. (via Inspire My Interior)

6. Campaign Dresser: Dress up those drawers with some gold corners and fancy gold handles for a sleek, budget-friendly campaign dresser. (via Almost Makes Perfect)

7. Nailhead Dresser: Nailhead furniture looks amazing but can be pretty pricey. Draw your design on some tracing paper and then make tiny holes with an awl so the nails don鈥檛 slip when you hammer them in. (via Signed by Tina)

8. Dresser Nightstand: Anyone else keep an unnecessary amount of things by their bed? If you love having extra storage, you can鈥檛 go wrong with the IKEA Rast dresser as a nightstand. Paint it in your chosen color and add some golden drawer pulls for extra style points. (via Armelle)

9. Bar Cart: Is there anything the IKEA bar cart can鈥檛 do? The multiple tiers means you can have everything you need handy. If you don鈥檛 love the idea of all your things on display, use decorative boxes and use the bottom to stack books and magazines. (via Freelancer鈥檚 Fashion Blog)

10. Golden Side Tables: Isn鈥檛 it amazing how a little bit of gold spray paint can take a plain IKEA table to instant glam? (via Oh My Dear)

11. Nautical Tones: Cut down the legs on the IKEA dresser to make it the perfect height for your bed and then switch out the wooden knobs for the craziest and coolest handles you can find. (via The World According to Jessica Claire)

12. Marble Top: We love quick and easy fixes that make everything prettier, like this awesome DIY. All you need is marbled self-adhesive paper. Easy peasy. (via The Vault Files)

13. Silver Washers: This project may look like it requires a professional, but in reality all you need is a good tube of glue. Painted washers create the pretty design on the drawers, and a few extra pieces of wood create that handy little side rack for magazines and books. (via Thistlewood Farms)

14. Two in One: How can you make the IKEA Lack table the right height for a bedside table? Attach one table to the top of another and enjoy all that extra room that comes with a second shelf. (via Remodelaholic)

15. Mad Men-Inspired: Add some serious retro flair to those plain dresser drawers with some gold paint and a stencil. (via Marcus Design)

16. Black and Wood Nightstand: Adhesive paper offers all kinds of options for dressing up the top of your nightstand. We are totally diggin鈥 this 鈥渞eclaimed wood鈥 affect. (via Kristi Murphy)

17. Matte Black: Painting a metal cabinet matte black gives it an unusual effect, and will fool most people into thinking it鈥檚 wood. (via Ohhh鈥 Mhhh鈥 )

18. Copper Touches: Copper leaf, marble contact paper and some glue and scissors are all that was needed to transform this IKEA side table into a stylish piece of furniture. (via Style Me Pretty)

19. Little Changes: Looking for a hack that doesn鈥檛 require a lot of messy painting? All you need to do is update the knobs on your dresser or nightstand for an instant makeover. (via Rue Mag)

20. Stand Tall: Add inexpensive legs to an IKEA shelving unit for a side table that鈥檚 modern and classic all at the same time. Plus, by adding your own legs you can ensure your table is the right height. (via Sugar and Cloth)

21. Minty Fresh: This dresser satisfies our obsession with all things mint. Adding cain webbing to the front of a solid door creates the illusion of an open space and helps break up the bright color. (via Craft Habit)

Which is your favorite IKEA nightstand? Share your hacking experiences with us in the comments below!