Babies are tiny, but somehow their stuff manages to take up a lot of space and can be very expensive. IKEA is great for its affordable options and modern style, but sometimes you want something with a bit more personality and color for decorating your nursery. Our very own Brit rocked the DIY nursery for her little guy with lots of creative and colorful touches, and you can too. Whether you want a colorful changing table or some more interesting options for displaying those teeny tiny shoes, IKEA hacks are the solution for your dream nursery.


1. Shelf Storage: IKEA shelving is the perfect place to hang all of those tiny, adorable baby clothesand it helps create a space to store toys, books and photos. (via Little Lovely)


2. Wall of Dots: Make a colorful grid of polka dots intermingled with hangers for coats, hats and backpacks. (via IKEA)


3. Gray and Pink: Convert an IKEA dresser into a stylish changing table. The open shelving is a great way to display favorite books and toys and keep them still within reach of little arms. (via Made By Girl)


4. Nursery Wardrobe Shelf: Starting with an IKEA wall shelf, just screw a rail to the bottom for a super easy but clever hack. Books and decor go up top, and clothing on the bottom for a piece that does double duty. (via Apartment Therapy)


5. Wallpaper Dollhouse: Turn a bookcase into an adorable little dollhouse by just using a wallpaper cutout or some paint to make the outline of a house. (via Handmade Charlotte)


6. Bar Cart: Keep that changing table organized by turning the classic IKEA bar cart into a diaper caddy. You can also paint it in whatever color you want to fit into your nursery decor. (via Style Me Pretty)


7. Vertical Bookshelf: If there isn’t room for a bookshelf, hang magazine racks on the wall for book storage. This vertical book shelf also doubles as wall art, because kids’ books have the prettiest covers. (via Joy Ever After)


8. Golden Wardrobe: Embrace the openness of a closet without doors by putting up stickers or wall art and using open shelving and baskets to keep things organized. (via Project Nursery)


9. Changing Table: Play with painted patterns and colors on a simple wooden dresser for a changing table that really reflects your nursery’s personality. (via Apartment Therapy)


10. Modern Accents: We love a project that can be completed in an afternoon. Painting these geometric shades in bold colors is a fantastic way to update a plain old dresser. (via Buy Modern Baby)


11. Turn It on Its Side: Can you spot the hack in this colorful circus nursery? For the window seat they used an IKEA bookshelf, added some legs and made a cushion for the top. They also used bin containers and painted circus numbers with stencils. (via How Joyful)

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12. Get a Handle: Just the simple act of replacing the knobs with leather pulls on this dresser/changing table gives the whole nursery a fresh new look. (via Apartment Therapy)

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13. Wooden Play Gym: Hack this wooden play set with a much more grown-up color palette that won’t clash with your living room decor. (via Kaley Ann)


14. Contrasting Dresser: Rather than painting the whole dresser, just paint the drawers an accent color and replace the knobs with gold ones for a feminine, vintage look. (via Project Nursery)


15. Train Track: A little glue and some foam can take a plain wooden train track from “meh” to ah-maz-ing. (via Kickcan and Conkers)


16. Green Accents: A basic Molger painted bright green is a fun way to store all those stuffed animals where little ones can easily access (and put away!) all their favorite toys. (via Donkey and the Carrot)


17. Rocking Chair: Can you believe this is the Strandmon chair hacked into a rocker? For the ambitious DIYer, this post will explain the process of making this beautiful rocker for your own nursery. (via Explore Dream Discover)


18. Golden Shelves: Use shelves of reclaimed wood and paint IKEA shelf brackets to make these elegant bookshelves perfect for lots of #shelfies with all those adorable baby accessories. (via Lay Baby Lay)


19. Bold Pop: Even a nursery needs some color, and this changing table will definitely make those 3am changings a little bit better. Paint an IKEA dresser your favorite color and play around with mismatched knobs for a bit of extra fun. (via A Beautiful Mess)

What is your favorite nursery IKEA hack? Share your tricks and hacks in the comments below!