5 reasons why people hack IKEA for custom furniture in 2023

In 2023, IKEA hacking in home furnishings has surged, reflecting individuality and style. This trend embraces tailored expression, cost-effective customization, sustainable innovation, design flexibility, and unique statement pieces. Learn how to do it!

In the dynamic world of home furnishings, customization is the key to crafting spaces that reflect individuality and style. As we navigate 2023, the trend of hacking IKEA furniture to create unique, custom pieces has taken the design sphere by storm. Here are five compelling reasons why people are embracing this trend with enthusiasm.

Amelia and cane doors on IKEA Best units from Norse Interiors
Two IKEA Besta frames (item 004.740.70 + 102.458.46) put together with medium Amelia double doors and small cane triple doors both in silver sage, Elisabeth brass knobs, Sara brass legs, and Ilse brass legs. 

1. Tailored Expression: In an era where self-expression reigns, IKEA hacking offers a canvas for personal creativity. Individuals are seeking distinct furniture pieces that align with their tastes and vision. Norse is built on the principle of making designer furniture accessible to everyone. Adding replacement frontspaneling, and accessories to standard IKEA items opens a world of possibilities, allowing individuals to bring their design dreams to life.

Astrid doors on white IKEA BestaIKEA Besta frame (item 702.998.79) with medium Astrid triple doors in white lace, Ingrid brass pulls, Sara brass legs, and Ilse brass legs.

2. Cost-Effective Customization: Custom furniture from big brands often comes with a hefty price tag. IKEA, renowned for its affordability, serves as a blank slate for those looking to create unique pieces without breaking the bank. By designing your piece online first, you can transform wallet-friendly items into bespoke furniture that stays within your desired budget. You can make a piece look more custom for as little as $9 by replacing the hardware. Norse even offers free design consultations in case you need guidance to achieve precisely what you're looking for. 

Eleanor doors on IKEA Section from Norse Interiors
Two IKEA Sektion frames (item 902.654.68) put together with Eleanor doors in perfect gray and Cornelia black pulls.

3. Sustainable Innovation: Environmental consciousness will be paramount in 2023. Hacking IKEA furniture aligns perfectly with the trend of creating a more sustainable living. Rather than discarding furniture, you can repurpose and upcycle it, reducing waste and contributing to a greener planet. At both Norse and IKEA, there's a powerful commitment to sustainability. We only use SFI-certified woodunaltered veneershandwoven natural cane, and sustainable packaging. More brands should advocate for increasing sustainable options for our homes. 

Joan dresser fronts from Norse Interiors
IKEA Malm dresser (item 104.731.50) with Joan drawer fronts and Kristina chrome knobs.

4. Design Flexibility: IKEA's modular design philosophy offers limitless furniture configurations, and you can attach units horizontally and vertically. At Norse, you can create furniture to fit your space, whether it's a small apartment or a sprawling home. Norse makes fronts and panels for IKEA's Besta cabinet series, Sektion sideboards, and Malm dressers and nightstands. Flexibility in dimensions and 8 design patters, and 10 finishes, including natural wood, ensure your furniture is tailored to your lifestyle needs.

Walnut doors with black paneling from Norse Interiors
IKEA Besta frame (item 702.998.79) put together with medium walnut triple doors, charcoal black Besta side and top panels, Marlen black knobs, Sara black legs, and Ilse black legs

5. Unique Statement Pieces: Your home should reflect you, not a showroom display. IKEA hacking allows you to create statement pieces that tell your story and gives you full control of what the furniture you're adding to your space looks like. Whether it's transforming a basic storage piece into a captivating focal point with new fronts or adding statement hardware to cabinets, your design choices make a statement that's authentically yours.

In 2023, the allure of IKEA hacking is more than just a trend; it's a movement towards design freedom, sustainability, and affordability. As individuals seek to infuse their spaces with personality and purpose, hacking IKEA furniture remains a compelling avenue for unleashing creativity and crafting living environments that are uniquely and undeniably their own. Explore our collections and see if hacking the Besta, Sektion, or Malm series, or just adding hardware or legs to existing pieces, would bring extra beauty to your space. 



If you liked this, you might like How to hack your IKEA Besta cabinet.

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