Since its founding in 1943, IKEA has been the ultimate destination for modern (and affordable!) home décor. But as the Swedish retailer grew in popularity came a need to customize your otherwise-ubiquitous furniture. After all, nobody wants a home that looks like it can belong to anyone. Lotta Lundaas has been creating IKEA hacks for her furniture for years and in 2018, she launched Norse Interiors, line of custom replacement pieces.
“I wanted to change the luxury furniture industry,” she says. “If you want custom furniture, it's very expensive and usually a tedious process. I wanted to make custom furniture available to everyone.”
For Lundaas, launching Norse Interiors with replacement parts for IKEA’s BESTÅ collection was a no-brainer. Not only is it one of IKEA’s most popular and versatile collections, but you can also purchase BESTÅ pieces without the cabinet doors, so Norse Interiors can offer a zero-waste upgrade.
“I have always been mindful about the environment and reducing my carbon footprint, so I really value the idea of extending a furniture's lifespan, by giving it a makeover instead of throwing it out,” she explains.
Since then, Norse Interiors has created several styles for IKEA’s BESTÅ and MALM collections as well as interchangeable knobs, sides, and legs. The latter, Lundaas says, is a consistent best-seller.
“[Our legs] work on any furniture, and they are a quick and easy way to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture,” she notes.
Regardless of which piece you choose, Lundaas’ goal is to enhance IKEA’s furniture, not compete with it.
“Buying furniture at IKEA is usually the most affordable way to furnish a starter home, but I don't want them ending up on a landfill once you move to the next stage in your life,” she says. “I want the furniture to grow with you and reflect your personal style, so you would want to keep it forever.”
Curious to see what all the fuss is about? Check out Norse Interiors’ game-changing makeovers below.
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As the Amelia collection proves, simple doesn’t have to be boring. With sleek, seafoam doors and black knobs, this makeover gives IKEA’s BESTÅ stand a cool, mid-century flair. Paired with an elegant wooden counter, this credenza looks almost unrecognizable.
Norse Interiors lets you bring some personality to the bedroom with its replacement pieces for IKEA’s MALM line.
“The goal is to offer customizable solutions for IKEA furniture to suit every type of room, whether it's a home or an office,” Lundaas says.
Similar to IKEA’s beloved furniture, everything Norse Interiors sells is incredibly versatile. Take the Astrid collection, for example. The slotted style has a California cool flair when paired with a wooden counter, but it can also exude old Hollywood glamour if you swap out the hardware for gold pulls.
Though Norse Interiors offers stylish upgrades to IKEA furniture, it doesn’t stray far from the retailer’s Scandinavian roots.
“A trademark for Scandinavian design is to combine form and function,” Lundaas says. “An item shouldn’t just look pretty, but it should also have a practical purpose in the home, which has been our guiding light in the design process. We stay true to the simple lines that will stand the test of time.”
A feminine touch
Many of Norse Interiors’ replacement parts are named after noteworthy women. Inspired by stained glass windows, the Susan collection pays homage to suffragette Susan B. Anthony.
Color me happy
If your interior design style skews more maximal, you can customize Norse Interiors’ pieces even further by picking out a fun color. The Eva cabinets get a dramatic makeover with this moody, blue hue.
Norse Interiors recently expanded its inventory with caned BESTÅ cabinets, which are poised to become best-sellers.
“It’s a big trend this year, but also highly functional,” Lundaas shares. “Due to the open weave, you can hide cable boxes, routers, and other media equipment without worrying about them overheating or blocking signal and sound.”
It takes a village
Though Lundaas knows a thing or two about hacking IKEA furniture, she relies on customer feedback to move her business forward.
“Every week, we get emails and DMs asking us to make components for different IKEA pieces, and we love getting that input from our customers and followers,” she says. “The interactive process we have with our customers is actually how we decided on launching our new Cane doors.”