- Ikea is the largest furniture retailer in the world with stores in 52 countries and sales of $44 billion.
- Ikea hacking is the practice of modifying or up-cycling shelves or storage from the flat-pack giant.
- We rounded up seven ideas for projects that start with some of Ikea’s most popular products.
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Odds are you own a piece of Ikea furniture, or have owned some in the past.
The Swedish company is the largest furniture retailer in the world with stores in 52 countries making a combined $44 billion in annual sales.
Its mainstay products like the cubic Kallax bookshelf or minimalist Hemnes dresser can start to look out of place compared with more stylized pieces from higher-end brands.
Ikea hacking is the practice of up-cycling products from the flat-pack giant, and in recent years the idea has gone mainstream. A few businesses are even dedicated to custom accessories and modifications for Ikea furniture, while many hacks can be accomplished with little more than a trip to the hardware or craft store.
A recent survey of readers at The Hustle found that half of respondents had heard of the concept of Ikea hacking, while 43% had tried it for themselves. A similar percentage said they had updated an old piece of furniture during the pandemic and more than 9 in 10 said they could consider doing it .
The community at IkeaHackers.net has been gathering a lot of great ideas over the years, and here are eight ideas for easy to moderately challenging projects that can put a unique spin on some of Ikea’s most common classics.