Give IKEA products a personal touch by hacking them!

I used to oppose IKEA. I didn’t want my house to look like an IKEA showroom, and to avoid falling for the “IKEA nesting instinct” explained in this scene of The Fight Club, one of my fave movies of all time.

I’ve since gotten over that. I’m not buying IKEA products to define myself after all, I’m buying them because of their great value and business practices. And to make sure my house doesn’t end up looking like an IKEA showroom, I hack my IKEA stuff! (For example, see my DIY IKEA Standing Desk Hack).

Here’s another hack we recently did for our home.

The super affordable SOLSTA PÄLLBO footstool is only RM8.90, but only comes in white and gray. Not really matching with our living room’s color scheme.


It just happens that IKEA has a great selection of fabrics and textiles which you can use in your home. And so that’s what we did – we bought a great looking fabric and sewed a new cover for the footstool and pillows too.

Our KARLSTAD armchairs and SOLSTA PÄLLBO footstool

With just a little bit of effort, we’ve personalized the items we bought (and made our living room look a little less like an IKEA showroom). You don’t have to know how to sew to hack your IKEA furniture. You can always get a seamstress to do your sewing, or you can do hacks that don’t involve sewing at all.

For inspiration, check out the awesome IKEA Hackers website, which showcases all sorts of DIY and creative projects you can undertake with IKEA products. Enjoy personalizing your IKEA stuff!

I am an IKEA Malaysia brand ambassador. See all other posts in my Project IKEA series and my disclosure policy.

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