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9 Unique Ways to Customize the BEKVAM Step Stool

IKEA’s BEKVAM step stool is the $20 item we see over and over again in readers’ homes. It’s solid wood and comes unpainted or in black or white. It’s super utilitarian – but can also add style to your home, especially if you take a little time to make it your own. Customize it to add function and flair, or keep it simple with a fresh coat of paint. Here are some of our favorite BEKVAM projects to get you thinking.

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Posted on Nov 19, 2017

Get The Vintage Schoolhouse Lighting Look You Love, For Less

As much as we love schoolhouse-style lighting, it isn’t always the best idea to buy something truly vintage and hope it works. There are stores — such as Schoolhouse Electric or Barn Light Electric — who sell absolutely beautiful fixtures in this style, but they are often out of financial reach. To help you stay on budget, and get the look you want, we’ve rounded up some of the best lighting options out there, all well under $100.

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Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Wire Baskets: The One Item You Should Be Considering for Your Next DIY

Wire baskets are so extremely versatile, you should snatch them up whenever they’re on sale. They can be easily transformed into side tables, pendant lights, plant pots, bike baskets, and wall shelves, and (in a pinch) serve as fire wood holders, shoe wranglers, blanket corrals, toy boxes, and even waste baskets. Here are 10 projects that make the most out of the beauty and utility of wire baskets, plus 10 wire baskets you just might want to buy.

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Posted on Nov 9, 2017

12 Ways To Use IKEA’s Bekvam Spice Racks All Over the House

Years ago, IKEA’s super cheap (a mere $4) BEKVAM spice rack began making appearances repurposed in children’s rooms to hold and display books. The idea caught fire and they’ve become practically de rigueur in kids’ rooms. But there’s no reason this versatile little shelf should be relegated to holding spices and books.

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Posted on Nov 2, 2017

These Swedes Tried Out IKEA-Hacking Each Other (& We Love the Results)

November 1st marks the start of Prettypegs’ PrettyHackathon Auction . Why should this interest you? Well, if you’ve been holding onto those less-than-perfect or basic IKEA pieces in hopes of giving them new, exciting life, we’ve just found the ultimate source for makeover ideas and inspiration. From the popular KALLAX to more obscure SOCKER greenhouse, see how 12 Swedish creatives took on the challenge to “extend the life time of their IKEA furniture by adding a personal touch.”

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Posted on Nov 1, 2017

IKEA Came Up With Yet Another Clever Use For Their Magnetic Knife Holders

It’s easy for “project stuff” to pile up as you’re going about repairs or home improvements. Some people might just leave a tool or two out, while others leave behind a chaotic wake of supplies and mess. When you’re in “go mode” it can be hard to keep up with real life at the same time. If paint projects are on your agenda, then you’ll want to check out this clever IKEA hack to help keep your sink and counters clear and clean.

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Posted on Oct 28, 2017

The Beautiful Upgrades Your IKEA MALM Bed Deserves

There seems to be a clear divide between those pro-headboard and those pro-blank space , to which I say, you do you. Whether you’re a fan of something more alternative , something more boho , or something that really makes a statement , your bedroom needs a focal point. And that focal point is often more times than not, a headboard. So let’s start with the basics – the IKEA MALM . It’s affordable, simple, and unassuming. It’s also very hackable. See what I mean…

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Posted on Oct 23, 2017

What Hacking Teaches IKEAHackers’ Jules Yap About Life

These days, I prefer weekdays to weekends when it comes to my IKEA trips. Why, you ask? Well, as if it isn’t obvious, it means less crowds and more leisurely wandering the aisles, sans pressure. What am I looking for exactly? Maybe I have a simple list of items I need for a closet makeover, but then I spot a serving bowl that would make a perfect pendant light. Or I go in for some picture frames then can’t help but notice a kitchen cart that would be the perfect bar cart. Either way, I go in seeking to check things off my list – end up spending a little extra time on each aisle – and leave feeling more inspired.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2017

Clever Ways to Reuse Clothes Hangers Around the House

With the changing of the seasons underway, it’s time to swap out all those summer frocks with chunky sweaters and denim. It’s also probably time to donate a few things, which means you may have a few spare hangers leftover. Before you throw them out with your summer sandals that finally reached their demise, check out these clever ways to reuse and repurpose your wooden and wire hangers in other areas of the home.

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Posted on Oct 15, 2017

Clever Ways to Use Curtain Hardware That Have Nothing to Do With Windows

There’s a certain genius in repurposing things for uses they weren’t originally intended for. Today we’re turning our attention to the world of curtain hardware. Sure, all those rods and brackets are good for hanging curtains…but they’re also good for a lot of other things, too. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite uses.

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Posted on Oct 14, 2017

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