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Smart IKEA Hacks That Solve (At Least) Two Pesky Problems at Once

Those Swedes are pretty clever with their stylish designs and flat-pack furniture, but we U.S. residents have a few tricks up our sleeves as well. We can take IKEA products, mess with them a bit, and come up with something new that solves multiple problems at the same time. Check out these smart projects that meet at least two needs with one single hack.

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Posted on Jan 9, 2018

These IKEA Hacks Will Dominate 2018: A Top 10 Countdown

2018 is upon us, and do you know what that means? It’s a brand new year to iterate, embellish, alter, paint, and reconfigure IKEA stuff —we’ll use the term “hack” as shorthand— all with the goal to make them work better for us in our homes. Today I’m taking a look at the newest products from their catalog to predict all the different forms they’ll take over the next twelve months. Join me as I share ALL the ways to remake these brand new favorites….

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Posted on Jan 3, 2018

How to Give a $4 IKEA Pillow a Palm-Patterned Makeover

Pin this brilliant project and save it for a sunny day: Brush an inexpensive IKEA pillow cover with solar-activated dye, lay some leaves on top, and watch in wonder as the sun’s rays turn the white pillow an eye-popping orange. Of-the-moment palm patterns and new dyes in modern colors make this a fresh take on the classic blue sun print. And the best part? The look on your friends’ faces when you tell them you made it yourself.

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Posted on Nov 12, 2017

Easy & Beautiful: 9 DIY Projects to DYE For

See what I did there?? Dye, while a little scary (it’s permanent! it stains things!) can also be a great way to get big results from your DIY projects with a minimum of effort. Here are nine DIYs perfect for transforming your favorite textiles with a little color.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2017

5 Things You Can Do (in a Weekend!) to Customize Your Living Room

Your living room is arguably where you spend the most time at home (at least when you’re awake), so it goes without saying that you want this room, above any, to feel inviting, personal and comfortable. But beyond choosing furniture you like and hanging a few pictures, it can be difficult to decide where to focus your efforts, especially for renters or those on a budget. For a truly “custom” home, think about focusing on these few areas…

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Posted on Oct 14, 2017

20 Ways to Use IKEA’s RIBBA Picture Ledges All Over the House

Picture ledges are inherently versatile because they allow you to quickly and easily swap art in and out on a whim. But they may be a whole lot more versatile than you realized as you’ll see by these twenty alternative uses. Take a look and get inspired:

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Posted on Oct 8, 2017

Inventive Ways to Use IKEA’s IVAR All Over the House

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The IVAR system is, by design, modular and customizable — which makes it particularly fun to see all the ways it gets wrangled and reshaped by its buyers. It turns out there’s a use for it in pretty much every room in the house, so of course we’re on board!

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Posted on Sep 30, 2017

7 Ways to Upgrade IKEA Picture Frames

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Want to give those plain old IKEA frames a little extra bit of pizazz? Of course you do! Here are seven creative (and very inexpensive!) ways to dress them up using paint, tape, and a variety of creative techniques.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Starting from Scratch or Semi-Homemade, DIY Curtain Projects You Can Totally Pull Off

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Some people might consider curtains a luxury, others a necessity. If you think about the many benefits that curtains provide, I’d err on the side of necessity. Sure they make a great design statement in a room, but they also can give the illusion of larger windows, create privacy, block out hot summer sun, add a layer between cold winter drafts, and get a nursery ready for nap time. But not all styles, windows, and budgets are alike, so when it comes to curtains, don’t shy away from making them yourself, either completely from scratch or with the help of existing materials. Here’s a roundup of project ideas to get you started…

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Posted on Sep 17, 2017

How To Make a Quick & Easy Folding Room Screen — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

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Privacy screens are like folding sculptures, both visually interesting as well as functional. In an outside space, they are a buffer between you and the neighbors, or can block out the bright sun. Inside, they divide spaces, hide clutter, or even serve as a headboard. Making a custom screen is also (surprisingly!) a quick and easy DIY.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2017

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