How to make your IKEA furniture look more expensive

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We all love the simplicity and classic designs IKEA offers it's consumers, but what happens when you want something a little more upscale, or a piece of furniture that's more personalized to your style? IKEA hacks are the way to go!

Here are five simple ways you can customize and upgrade your IKEA furniture.

 

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1. Knobs and Pulls

A super simple way to add some excitement to your room is to simply change, or add knobs and pulls to your IKEA furniture. This is a great way to make a simple piece stand out. The metallic finish of chrome or brass can add glamour to your room and make the furniture piece feel luxurious and elevated without changing too much. Its a perfect addition for any room in the house.

 

Chrome Knob Kristina

Chrome and lucite knob on a cabinet

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The Kristina chrome knob from Norse Interiors has a unique design that mixes chrome and lucite. This piece will give your furniture the personalized look you desire.

 

Brass Pull Ingrid

Brass pull on cabinet

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The Ingrid pull in brass really stands out against any piece of furniture making it a great piece that adds some glamour to your office space, bedroom, or wherever you decide to put it.

 

Copper Mountain Cabinet Ring Pull

Copper ring pull on cabinet

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For a more modern look try the cabinet ring pull from Copper Mountain. Their circular design creates a look that stands out from the rest of the room.

2. Furniture Legs

You might be thinking “Who even notices the legs on furniture?”, but you would be surprised as to how much this small change can affect the feel of the room. You can make your furniture pieces seem brand new with a new set of legs. Wooden legs are quite popular and there are many choices to choose from. You can choose from a sleek and simple leg design to a fun and different rounded leg. The options are limitless.

 

Furniture Leg in Gulli

Furniture legs on a cabinet

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The wooden Gulli leg adds a sophisticated and elegant look and can make an old IKEA couch feel new again. The two toned design makes this small piece stand out.

 

Bemz Terence Leg

rounded furniture legs on a cabinet

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The Bemz Terence leg has a more unique circular design. The Chunky design is a great way to show off your personality and can make your furniture feel different than the typical design.

 

Covet Modern Design

wooden legs on a cabinet

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For a more subtle change, the Covet Modern wooden tapered legs is a great way to change things up while keeping things simple.

3. Make It Float

Having a floating piece of furniture has been on the rise for some time now. You can put a floating piece anywhere in the house, it’s so versatile and really fits in with any room. It adds the element of something new into a room Having a floating shelf is great for storage especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Having a piece of floating furniture can also be an easy way to create a focal point. There are so many options of how to style and what to do with floating pieces you will never run out of inspiration.

 

Floating Besta Cabinet

Floating besta cabinet

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Look how this Besta cabinet gets transformed into a beautiful focal point, simply by making it float.

 

Floating Kellax Nightstand

Floating Kellax drawer as a nightstand

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Floating furniture can go anywhere even a bedroom. Look at how the floating nightstand elevates the room and creates a more trendy atmosphere.

 

Floating Lack Shelves

Floating Lack shelves in a kitchen

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Adding floating shelves to your kitchen creates new storage to not only hold your kitchen utensils but to let you decorate and show your personality.

4. Change The Tops

Changing the top panels of a piece of furniture is another great way elevate your IKEA furniture. Table tops are so simple yet, they can have such an impact of furniture. Changing the top panels is a bold way to show off your style.

 

Ambrosia Maple Wood

Ambrosia wood top on a cabinet

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The ambrosia maple wood top is great for a statement piece of furniture. This top creates a beautiful contrast between the top panel and the bottom panels of your IKEA furniture. Each piece is handmade which truly gives a unique feel to each piece.

 

Marble

Marble counter top in kitchen

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Marble tops are very in style right now. They bring a certain elegance to a space and add texture and pattern while still being able to blend into any room.

 

Glass

Glass top on black dresser

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Glass tops are a simple way to change the finish of a piece of furniture. It can make a piece of furniture feel sleeker. Glass tops also can help protect furniture which is just an added plus.

5. Add Panelling 

Adding different paneling can be a great way to not only upgrade your IKEA furniture but can be a great way to show off your personal style as well.

 

Norse Interiors Joan Panel

Joan cabinet fronts

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The Joan front has a pattern consisting of a series of arches that repeat and overlap. This is a perfect design to upgrade your IKEA furniture with and brings and an element of chic style to your room.

 

Overlay Danika Design

Overlay design on an IKEA cabinet

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The Danika design is a perfect example of the fun patterns you can use over your furniture to make it pop. You can change the style of any room with overlapping patterns and designs.

 

Panyl Designs

Panyl designs covering a cabinet

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Panyl designs create a simple way to add color to your room. Adding pops of color to furniture is a great way to show off your style and upgrade your furniture.


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Author: Paisley McKevitt