Urbanites hoping to better their apartments with space-saving loft beds, elegant glass divider walls or built-in storage compartments are all too often let down once they see what these fantasy furnishings can cost. Those of us who are handy may take the DIY route, but not everyone is a natural Bob Vila. Luckily, there's a happy medium between purchasing pricey new furniture and starting from scratch - IKEA hacking! This resourceful practice involves taking IKEA pieces (preferably ones you already own or got secondhand) and taking advantage of their modular nature to transform them into your dream configurations. Read on for some of our favorite tutorials seen at Ikeahackers.
Have an awkward bit of space between your wall and a refrigerator or other appliance? Transform it into a slide-out utility drawer using a Laiva bookcase and some side panels!
A freestanding bar or countertop can divide up a small living space and add functionality that can be accessed from both sides. This DIY bar table is made from an Expedit bookshelf and offers storage as well as style.
IKEA hacker Jules decided to modify the Kura bed into a lofted sleeping area for his son. The resulting piece allows the space below to be utilized almost as if the bed wasn’t there at all.