Ikea kitchen hacks to easily transform your home

Jess Edwards
·3-min read
Photo credit: instagram/IKEA
Photo credit: instagram/IKEA

From Cosmopolitan

Ikea is a wonderful place filled with homeware solutions and cheap design ideas but the problem is, everyone ends up with all the same stuff. Follow these kitchen hacks to easily update your space without the whole world knowing where you got everything from.

Turn bookshelves into an island

This hack involves three Billy Bookshelves and a Numerar butcher block counter top from Ikea, all cleverly put together to make one kitchen island with plenty of storage.

Add new legs to tired tables

Sick of the look of your current Ikea kitchen table? All you need is some hairpin legs from Ebay to give a standard table a new look altogether.

Use towel racks to store wine

Because wine is way more exciting than towels and this method literally takes up zero space.

Use Ikea's hanging storage buckets to create a herb garden

You know we love to pretend we're super green-fingered. This herb garden idea is great for cooking *and* being a plant parent.

Add a lick of paint and a new top to Ikea trolleys

This inexpensive storage trolley got a serious makeover thanks to something as simple as a chopping board glued on top.

Turn kitchen cabinets into a storage bench

This ingenious hack creates seating and storage without taking up too much space. Plus it looks really sleek and almost like it's made from built-in carpentry.

Spray paint pendant lights to give them a new lease of life

These £35 lights can be sprayed multiple colours and multiple times, so you can keep updating them as your tastes change (without forking out for new fixtures.)

Turn boring cabinets into a bar

Ikea's affordable KALLAX range is super versatile, and can be turned into anything from a storage bench to this cool bar. Cocktail, anyone?

11. Use small storage in your fridge for a happier life

Seriously, there's nothing about this tidy fridge that isn't making us happy and all you need is a few Pluggis storage boxes.

Create more space in your cupboards

Attach Bygel towel rails inside your cupboards to hold pan lids, or underneath shelves to hold chopping boards and flat objects. Genuis!

Use a shoe cabinet for extra storage

The best thing about shoe cabinets is how little space they take up while also being mega pretty and useful. Store all your not-nice-to-look at cleaning products and tin foil in these and no one will ever be the wiser.

Cover kitchen tables with clever contact paper

You might want to cover your covered table with a glass top or something durable but otherwise this is a great way to change the look of a tired table / worktops / side cabinets.

Attach magazine holders to the inside of cabinets

Another handy storage solution for your cling film and other incidentals.

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