The five best sites for Ikea decorating hacks this bank holiday weekend.

The daffodils are out and there’s a bank holiday in the offing – so it must be time for a trip to your local Ikea, an afternoon of diligent DIY and a smattering of expletives. Don’t be content simply to construct your purchases, though. Roll up your sleeves, flex your muscles and dust off your tool kit, because we’ve sniffed out the five best sites for Ikea decorating hacks.


A lifelong Ikea fan, Jules Yap created this ingenious site in 2006 to pull together all the best Ikea hacks she could find online. Now, it is a treasure trove of ways to modify Ikea products. Want to make a chic apothecary cabinet out of an underwhelming RAST chest of drawers? Of course you do.


Originally a newsletter and now a leading source of interior design inspiration, Apartment Therapy knows its stuff. This list of 2018 Ikea hacks is a case in point. Look no further for ways to reuse and improve the newest items in the furniture giant’s catalogue. Our favourite is the upholstering of Ikea’s EKEDALEN bench.


This site is home to a vast and extraordinarily inventive community of people sharing their creative projects. So it is no surprise that the “Top 30 Ikea Hacks” post on Instructables is truly inspired. You have to see this list to believe it but here’s a taster: it includes a tutorial on making retro wireless speakers out of a couple of Ikea’s BLANDA MATT salad bowls.


Formerly an award-winning Conde Nast magazine, Domino is now a perky home and lifestyle site. Sharp photography, great stories and a chic online shop make it a pleasure to peruse. Their list of 20 Epic Ikea Hacks You Can Easily Tackle is a joy. The prize for ingenuity goes to the person who thought of turning Ikea’s LACK shelf into a totally inviting reading nook.


Lonny is the US home décor site that aims to make design accessible. Great illustrations and an informal tone combine to appeal to the masses. Their round-up of the blogosphere’s 20 best Ikea hacks includes step-by-step instructions on how to transform cheap Ikea stools with the gorgeous “dipped” look that’s everywhere this spring.

March 2018