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.