If you need slim storage, you can turn an IKEA IVAR into a narrow cabinet with a few simple steps. All you need is the cabinet, furniture legs and some paint. At $70 a cabinet, this is an easy and cost-effective solution to your home organization.
I put two cabinets side-by-side to make a living room landing space. My husband and I each get our own cabinet. I store art supplies and work files in mine. My husband stores electronics and work files in his.
The best IVAR IKEA hacks transform the cabinet into furniture while capitalizing on the low price of the original piece.
How to Hack an IVAR from Ikea
Hacking an IVAR easily transforms this kitchen cabinet into a unique piece of furniture. You don’t need much to get started.
Time: 1 hr 30 minutes
Cost: $70 – $300
- Screw Driver
- Paint Brush
- Hex Key from kit
- IKEA IVAR Kit
- Furniture Legs (See Ideas)
- Paint, Furniture Wax or Polyurethane
The best thing about this project? The variations are limitless. All you have to do is purchase unique furniture legs and finish to make the IVAR work in your space.
Step 1: Purchase your IVAR and Assemble
Follow the instructions provided with the kit. The cabinet should be assembled as specified by Ikea.
Step 2: Add Legs
Add your selected furniture legs using the instructions from the leg kit. Most include a metal piece that must be screwed into the bottom of the IVAR cabinet. Then, you can screw the leg into the metal piece.
If you’re looking for furniture leg ideas, check out THIS POST. It includes several different styles of legs along with places to buy them.
Step 3: Finish and Style
Paint, wax or polyurethane according to your taste. Mine are currently the raw pine with no refinishing. However there are several cool transformations that you can fine online.
Best IVAR Hacks
I’ve created a board with the best IVAR hacks. Most of these follow a similar design, adding legs to the narrow model. Repin your favorites for inspiration.
Show Me Your Inspo!
I’d love to see the IVAR projects that you love most. An IVAR hack is such a great project for any home. Send me links to pins or projects in the comments!