3 Insanely Chic IKEA Hacks You Can Actually Do

Photographed by Alexis Bynum.
We'd bet one in three of you reading this article owns an IKEA Kallax bookcase. This is no accusation; the quad unit happens to be a classic — and we love that you can fill it with anything from clothes to office files to kitchen utensils. The size of the cubby is the only constraint. In a tight urban space, it can separate a living room from a kitchen (as it once did for this writer), separate beds in a loft, or can function as, well, an actual bookcase.

But, its greatest allure is its potential to be something ultra chic. Yes, the boring white $49.99 unit can actually be transformed into a statement piece in the kitchen, the living room, and the bedroom. To prove it, we created three DIY hacks in our studio (at three different time-investment levels) that deliver in function and style. Hack away ahead, and share your own tricks in the comments below. #BeyondBasic begins now.
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The Bedside Storage Table
Level: A Cinch

It's just a square box...until you put some hot legs on it. We elevated the unit with some minty Estelle feet from Pretty Pegs, a site that makes some additions specifically for IKEA products. Side tables can easily tally up to $200, so this baby that can house all your clutches is actually still a deal when you buy all the parts.
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The legs come with screws and easy-to-follow instructions that take approximately 20 minutes to install.
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Store clutches below and place gridded trays up top to keep cosmetics organized.
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Place shoes atop magazines and pair clutches with frames.
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The Kitchen Cabinet
Level: Semi-Involved

Sometimes the only storage option you have is upward. And, the Kallax is ideal for stacking bowls and cups and housing cleaning supplies or grains. That said, if you want some visual serenity, buy the door insert options from IKEA and colorful stick ons from Panyl. We're partial to the poppy red that'll make you and your guests hungry.
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The doors take about 30 minutes to assemble two; the stick-ons, 10 minutes.
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Stack your cookbooks vertically and flank with succulents and cacti that don't need a lot of water (if your shelf is up very high).
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The doors are also great for hiding less pretty items like cleaning supplies.
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The TV Console
Level: A Bit Involved

This monitor/TV stand can really live in any room. We attached hairpin legs from Hairpin Legs For Less (spray-painted gold) and marble drawer contact paper (can you say inexpensive?) to cover the exterior. The result? A sophisticated stand to house all your beautiful tchotchkes that takes up less space than a typical credenza.
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Measure out your contact paper and then cut according to size. The entire process including legs should take about an hour and 45 minutes. It's good to have a second set of hands!
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Frames don't always need to be hung. Prop them in the cubbies and up against your monitor.
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Fact: Bookends don't need to stay together.
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