5 times this easy Ikea hack made storage sensational

Our easy Ikea storage hacks will transform the £45 Ivar cabinet into something that looks much more expensive – here's how

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Everyone loves an Ikea hack, particularly when it allows you to transform a super cheap piece of furniture into something that looks expensive. After all, just because you're on a tight budget, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy on-trend interiors.

And this hack on the Ikea Ivar Cabinet, which costs just £45 a pop, might just be one of our favourites. Whether you're interested in built-in storage, designing the ultimate walk-in wardrobe, want a cheap take on a sideboard or love the idea of a rattan wardrobe (this might be our favourite), it's more than possible with an Ivar cabinet and a little creativity. 

Discover our favourite ideas below, then check out more of our weekend projects.

1. Create bespoke, built-in cabinets

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We're seeing a lot of big trends in this living room: dark and atmospheric interiors, built in cabinets painted the same inky hues as the walls, panelling and super some stylish leather tabs. Must've been crazy expensive, right? Wrong.

Those bespoke looking cabinets you see cost just £45 each and have simply been mounted onto the wall of a cosy alcove by a DIYer with an eye for design. By painting your cabinets the same colour as your walls, you'll achieve a more cohesive finish that looks pretty expensive.

2. Make a stylishly subtle sideboard

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Don't have an alcove? Never fear, you can achieve an equally effective look (and with it an equally stylish storage solution) by mounting you cabinets on the wall to create a sideboard.

Painted white, like the walls, this take on the Ivar Cabinet is so subtle that you almost can't see it. But it's there, tucked away on the back wall, behind the sofa. 

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Styled with a slightly more sophisticated take on the gallery wall and the odd coffee table cook, this space feels calm and cosy.

3. Design an on-trend rattan wardrobe

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With a little patience, it's more than possible to transform a couple of Ivar cabinets into a stylish rattan cabinet, or even a wardrobe (you know, like those ones you've seen retailing for hundreds of pounds). Here's how:

1. You'll want to start by using a ruler to measure a 'window' in the front of your Ivar Cabinet. We'd recommend a large, rectangular shape, or perhaps even an oval. They need to be as even as possible, so don't rush the process.

2. Take a saw and carefully cut out your 'windows'.

3. Take a block of sandpaper and sand the inside edges, ensuring they're all even and totally smooth.

4. We like the idea of sticking with the original finish, but if you're thinking of painting your cabinets, now is the time to do so.

5. Next, you'll want to fix your rattan webbing to the inside of your cabinet door, behind your freshly cut 'windows'. Cut to size and attach using a stapler.

6. Put your Ivar cabinets together, using the flat-pack instructions.

7. If you're looking to create a stylish cabinet, think about adding some feet at this stage. Fancy a rattan wardrobe? Stack your Ivar Cabinets on top of the Ivar Chest of Drawers.

4. Achieve the ultimate storage solution

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Looking for a handy storage solution? Whether as part of a kid's playroom, or to form your dream walk-in-wardobe, the Ivar Cabinet is the ultimate starting point in the sweet world of storage.

Paint every cabinet the same colour for a cohesive look, or alternate your shades (as seen above) for something a little more exciting. The potential to achieve a totally bespoke finish is within reach.

5. And completely customise your cupboards

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Perfect for the creatives amongst us, the Ivar Cabinet provides the perfect blank canvas to inject a little personality into your furniture. We love this colourful look, achieved with nothing more than a tester pot of paint and a steady hand.