Transform Your Bedroom with these Fun IKEA Furniture Hacks

There are many reasons to spruce up your bedroom. Whether you’re moving into a new apartment, rearranging for a new season, or welcoming a new addition to the family, a remodelled bedroom is always a good idea.

Sometimes, you may simply want more space for storage. Whatever the reason, creativity and the use of flexible furniture from IKEA can give you the look you desire. In this article, we’ll take a look at some ways to make your bedroom sparkle.

1/ Create a bespoke workspace with ample storage

Researchers discourage the use of a bed as your workspace because, in addition to bad ergonomics, it can affect your sleeping pattern. If you prefer a work area in your bedroom, you can create such a space with two simple dressers from IKEA like Olivia Silk, interiors blogger (Lust Living) did below. You will need: 2x IKEA MALM drawers.

Photo credit: Olivia Silk, Lust Living

2/ Take your drawers to the next level

This might not be so new to you, but IKEA drawers can easily be hacked to make them look bespoke and high-end. In this amazing $200 IKEA HEMNES Hack, Erika Lauren of Peony and Honey cut rolls of foams and added them on the drawers to create a quilted look. This is insane ! You can see the full video here.

3/ Wallpaper your PAX wardrobe in 30'

If you have wardrobes with flat doors (like the PAX system), have you thought about covering the fronts with wallpaper or fabric ? This is a 30 minute DIY job that we explain in detail in this post and it can totally transform your room. We used geometric wallpaper from Cole & Son, but the possibilities are endless!

Photo credit: Jenny Kakoudakis /

4/ Make cushions out of a $10 flatwoven rug

Rug cushions - what are they? Just more proof that creativity and IKEA are a dynamic duo. Unlike traditional pillows, rug pillows are longer and pack twice the comfort. Plus, their cosy texture makes you warmer in cold weather. Perfect for having around your bed !

You don’t need to be a maven with a needle for this pillow hack. Just gather some attractive-looking rugs with various patterns from IKEA, fold and stuff them up, then sew together the edges. There are different patterns to match the ambience of your room. It’s entirely up to you.

Will work great with TÖRSLEV (£7) which is a 60x90 flat woven rug that can be turned into a 60x45 cushion.

5/ Turn your KALLAX shelves into seating

Do not compromise storage over an extra seating place in your bedroom. Run out of seating space but still have a KALLAX shelving unit in the room ? Have you thought of turning it into a seating area ? It may sound absurd, but that’s what creativity is all about. We are strong advocates of pushing your own imagination. And the best part? This tutorial by Kate Decorates is for a no-sew bench cushion. You can use large 3M Command Strips to attach the bench cushion to the Kallax.

6/ Turn your VITTSJÖ media unit into shelving

Shawna Underwood, Principal and Interior Designer of Shawna Underwood Interior Design combined 3x VITTSJÖ media units that she previously spray painted in white for her bedroom makeover. The narrow unit, provided a lot more storage space and the white colour blends beautifully in the background. Each unit is approximately $50. Image credit: Edward Underwood Photography.

7/ Mount a floating credenza

Floating credenzas are not only functional, but give a room an aesthetic value. For example, if you want a TV right at eye level while you lie in bed, a floating credenza can make this possible. It is also useful for storing toys at a child’s height to give them easy access.

Simply take one or two IKEA dressers and mount them no more than a foot or two from the floor. White is usually a good colour, but if you want something different for contrast, do paint it before mounting. The credenza can also serve as a floating media console. Image credit: Superfront

8/ Spruce up your HEMNES side table with faux marble top

If getting a real marble side table is currently not in your plans, why not fake it instead ! Interiors Blogger and DIY enthusiast Gaby Burger did just that for her HEMNES night stand and we are all in awe. Find the full tutorial here.

9/ Gild your RAST nightstand

A bedside table is always convenient for your glass of water or acts as a place to keep your bedtime books, but you can spice-up yours with a little imagination. Add some brass corners and gold leaf to give it a luxurious finish. The dresser used here is the RAST.

10/ Use IKEA Wall brackets for hanging clothes

IKEA’s wall brackets might be designed for mounting shelves, but this hack makes them great space savers for hanging your clothes on. When you’re running out of storage space to accommodate your ever-growing fashionista collection, look no further than these style savers. What’s more, being so accessible makes it easier to pick your clothes for the day. Don’t have wall brackets? No problem - you can buy a rail from the GRUNDTAL Collection and attach it behind your door or in a corner of the room.

11/ Turn drawers into under-bed storage

Another good use for drawers in storage space is under-bed placement. Instead of throwing items underneath your bed and creating clutter, a drawer-storage area makes it more organised and easier to manage. What’s more, you don’t have to spend extra for this.

If you have a set of old IKEA drawers, separate them and place under your bed. Check that the size is appropriate to avoid making you uncomfortable at night. It is best to have considerable space between the top of the drawer and your mattress. This is a good place to keep things like old magazines and the like.