Top 10 ultimate IKEA hacks for students

School has started, and now it’s time to make your mark on your new student rental. While IKEA is best known for being a one-stop-shop for all your apartment needs, the best part is that there are a ton of ways to alter your IKEA furniture to create one-of-a-kind decor that is perfectly suited for you. That said, here are the top 10 IKEA hacks for students.

Accordian Sconces

An adjustable lamp is a key accessory to late-night studying. All you need to do is remove the mirror from the base, replace it with a clamp spotlight and mount it on a piece of wood.

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Source: Poppy Talk

Step stool side table

Why spend a lot of money on a side table when you can create a one-of-a-kind version with a low cost step stool? Just add some paint, and voila! You have yourself a functional table, that’s a little quirky to boot.

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Source: Homedit

Window Gardens

While you may not have a ton of room for a plants and vases in your student apartment, you can still treat yourself to a small space garden with this IKEA hack. Put the rod against the window, connect the S-hooks to the flatware caddies and add some plants and herbs.

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Source: JILLM

From table to chic desk

A desk is an absolute must for any student. Study in style by creating a chic desk from IKEA’s Ingo Table. With strips of wood, create a unique design for the legs and finish off with some paint.

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Left to right: INGO Table, Wood Strips

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Source: Matsutake

Funky shelf space

The textbooks may be boring, but the bookshelf doesn’t have to be. Add a touch of colour to your shelf by placing tape in a design you like, then paint the shelf and remove the tape.

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Left to righ: KALLAX Shelving Unit, Behandla Paint and Masking Tape

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Source: Kaam Handmade

File folder coffee table

In the age of laptops and iMacs, file organizers may seem a little old school, but combined with a bar stool, you’ll have yourself an funky coffee table. Just glue the folders together and attach them to a stool.

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Source: IKEA Hackers

Space saving iMac desk

Desks can take up a lot of room in a unit, but with just one IKEA shelf and cabinet, you have the ultimate solution to this small space problem. Mount the cabinet and the shelf to the wall and you’ll have yourself a desk with the perfect amount of space for a computer.

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Source: Gizmodo

Customizing your bed headboard

If you want to spruce up your bedroom, try customizing your head board. Pick up some fabric that suits you best – like floral, striped or checkered – and attach it to your IKEA head board.

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Left to right: MALM Bedframe, Fabric

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Source: Wanderers Palace

Add some style to your cork board

While cork boards are incredibly handy, that dull brown colour doesn’t do wonders for a room. Try adding some paint and you can make it into a quirky decor piece that still holds all those loose papers.

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Left to right: VAGGIS Noticeboard, Painter’s Tape

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Source: Houzz

Bookcase turned sideboard

We can all use a little extra storage space, especially if you’re in a small space. Turn IKEA’s shelving unit into a sideboard by putting it on its side and adding some colour.

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Source: IKEA Hackers


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