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Ten of the most inventive IKEA furniture hacks

As Tom Dixon launches his collection of "authorised hacks" for IKEA, which allow customers to customise their furniture, here's a look at the best IKEA hacks from Dezeen's Pinterest boards. 

Tom Dixon's Delaktig bed and collection of "authorised hacks"

Tom Dixon's Delaktig bed launched at IKEA stores last week, alongside a fabric cover and a collection of "hackable" modular elements. These hacks, which customers can do themselves, allow buyers to customise the affordable furniture to suit their own styles and specifications.

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A hacked IKEA wardrobe by Edmonds + Lee Architects

Building cupboard and closet spaces at the standard size of IKEA’s shelving, US firm Edmonds + Lee Architects created this custom millwork-level aesthetic for a fraction of the price.

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Better Shelter's "hackable" refugee cabins

Better Shelter is a IKEA product that has been hacked, according to the head of the company's charitable foundation, who told Dezeen the modular refugee cabin is now being used to create doctors' surgeries and schools. However, it was later reported that 10,000 shelters were mothballed over fire fears.

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Hacked IKEA kitchen cupboards by Plykea

Startup company Plykea created a series of birch ply doors and worktops that can be attached to IKEA's Metod kitchen cupboards.

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Hacked IKEA sideboards by Note Design, Afteroom and Reform

Note Design and Afteroom hacked IKEA products for Danish brand Reform, which specialises in customising IKEA's Metod and Sektion kitchen cupboards. Together, they created sideboards in the hope of making design-led fittings more affordable.

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Concept Kitchen 2025's interactive table

Lund University and Eindhoven University of Technology students, teamed up with design consultancy IDEO to create a concept kitchen table for IKEA, which can turn into a hob for cooking on, and suggest recipes based on the ingredients you put on it.

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Hacked IKEA storage by PKMN Architects

Spanish studio PKMN Architectures hacked IKEA's Bekvam stool to create a raised platform with storage areas tucked away underneath.

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Reform and Madera's hacked IKEA kitchens

Danish brand Reform and US flooring company Madera, transformed a 1940s warehouse outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a Scandinavian-influenced showroom to display their hacked IKEA kitchens.

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Hacked IKEA cabinets and kitchen hardware from CHA:COL

American studio CHA:COL incorporated modified IKEA products into a unit in Los Angeles. Due to the restrained budget, the architects hacked the cabinets to form custom-made kitchen hardware.

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Oatmeal Studio's hacked shelving systems

The design for this pop-up restaurant in The Hague was based on IKEA's showrooms and built using hacked versions of the Swedish brand's shelving systems.

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