By Anna Smith of Annabode.
We’ve all seen them—those gorgeous closets and bookcases that make you do a double take. They look like they were custom built and cost oodles of money… and, most of the time, that’s 100% the case. BUT thanks to the wonders of the internet, the talents of fabulous DIY bloggers, and the mecca of affordable design that is Ikea, those aspirational built-ins are actually in reach! (Cue angelic choir music.)
My family just moved into a new/old house that is crying out for some personality and creative storage solutions. This is in part to manage the boatload of belongings we lugged across the country but also to help differentiate it from every. other. house. in the neighborhood. Oh, the joys of suburbia.
So of course I was pumped when Ashley asked me to write a post on Ikea hacks and knew immediately the kind I was looking for. So, without further ado, here are the 10 most beautiful and awe-inspiring built-in Ikea hacks on the planet.
(Quite a build up, huh? Except I’m serious.)
1. Irene Edwards had her BILLY bookcases framed with trim and the front pieces painted in a contrasting color—even accommodating baseboard heaters below!
2. Sarah Sherman Samuel used Ikea kitchen cabinets to form the base of her built-in living room shelving.
3. Jenna Sue created a custom-looking pantry with PAX cabinets.
4. Laura Irion of Avery Street Design created an entire wall of built-ins from BORGSJO bookcases, adding drywall and trim for a seamless appearance.
5. Ursula Carmona used two Ikea RAST dressers to create this insanely chic wardrobe hack. Now this one made me do a double take! And, okay, so technically this one isn’t built-in… but you could easily make it so.
7. Jenna Sue does it again with these built-in wardrobes from PAX doors. I love the detail she added!
8. This turn-of-the-century-esque built-in was crafted by Shannon George out of two RAST dressers. That bead board, the color… every part of this is perfection.
9. Gwen Hefner needed a more traditional look for her friend Laura’s bookshelves and created this built-in Ikea hack. She added some killer trim to BILLY bookcases in order to keep the design period-appropriate to the house, and the effect is stunning.
10. Last but not least, Jenny Komenda shared this beautiful built-in wardrobe using—what else?—PAX wardrobes. Painting the wardrobe the same color as the walls makes it appear as if it was part of the wall!
You know I’ll be replicating some of these in our new house! Do you have a favorite Ikea hack in your home? Ashley and I are both big fans.
Thanks, Anna! And best wishes for the new home!
Anna Smith wants to live in a world where good design is accessible and affordable for everyone. An interior designer based in Denver, Colorado, she creates modern homes for clients across the country through her firm Annabode + Co. When not buried in swatches and throw pillows, you can find her elbow-deep in renovations at her own fixer-upper. Find out more about working with Anna at Annabode.com.