Updated on June the 2nd 2020
The Swedish company is not only known for its amazing furniture at a very low price tag but also for a thing called “IKEA hacks”. It consists of customizing Ikea furniture to transform it into something else or simply add your touch. A lot of people have already tried to customize an Ikea piece of furniture. Some have even made a business out of it. This is not surprising considering the fact that Ikea’s furniture is really easy to put together and very functional. Take the Ivar cabinet for example. It’s narrow hence very convenient for small spaces and made out of untreated wood, so easily customizable. Plus its design is very simple, anyone can adapt it to his/her taste. The perfect piece for an IKEA hacks.
I own two of these Ivar cabinets myself. I put it in my entryway because it’s a narrow space with a long hallway so I needed something to compliment it and not making it seem narrower than it is. I’ve considered some very “light” consoles, but I needed storage to put shoes and other entryway stuff. So the Ivar cabinets seemed to be the perfect option.
However, as much as I like the way it looks as it is. It would not have fitted with the rest of my decor at all. So I did some researches to see what were my options. What I found surpassed my expectations…
One piece of furniture but many options
I’ve seen all kinds of use for this piece. As a sideboard, as a kitchen counter, as a closet, as a cupboard as a bar and so on. But I’d say Ivar is at its best when used as a sideboard (especially with 2 or more cabinets side by side) or as a sort of dresser.
Two reasons why: As a sideboard, because since you can fix it to the wall, it looks like it’s floating in the air. This makes a narrow room look less cluttered and stuffy. As I was saying perfect for long and/or narrow space.
As a dresser because you can put it anywhere, it has
Okay now let’s see why the Ivar cabinet makes a great IKEA hacks :
1. Paint it the same color as your wall
Try painting it the same color as your wall you’ll see that the result is always stunning. In darker colors or lighter ones it works so well, it makes your items and decoration stand out even more.
2. Apply a darker wood stain for more character
That’s the option I went with. In order to make it look more ancient or as if
3. Add some doorknobs
Doorknobs make it look a little chicer also you can make it fit a certain style depending on the type of doorknobs you choose. I added some on mine and I’m glad I did. It’s more coherent with the rest of the entryway now. My favorite online shops for these types of things are Superfront, Pretty pegs, or Norse.
4. A countertop for a more finished look
Even fancier, a stone countertop as in the pictures below or just a wood one can upgrade these cabinets even more. Be careful if you want to go with a stone countertop and that your cabinets are hanged on the wall. There is a limited weight the screws can support. I wanted to add one myself but in the end, I didn’t because of this.
5. Make it stand on legs
Adding legs is a good way to personalize it as well. Just like for the doorknobs, some pretty cool online shops offer great solutions for cute legs. (See point 3 for shop sources)
6. Dress up its doors
This is a cool way to add texture to these cabinets. I particularly like the cane coating idea.
7. Keep it natural
This Ivar cabinet is also a beautiful piece just as it is. So don’t be afraid to leave it bare. If it fits your interior, it can make the room cozier with its raw wooden panel.
8. Paint the inside in another color
Even though this idea can seem pretty useless, I think it really adds a more finished look to the Ivar cabinet. I personally didn’t paint the inside of my Ivar and if I had to redo it now, I would paint it. Firstly, because it kind of bugs me each time I open it and secondly, just look at the picture below. I love how the colors complete each other and it so much more pleasant to watch. The devil is in the details…
Cover picture by Pamela for The Gem Picker