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What home doesn’t need more space to store items, ensuring unsightly clutter stays out of the way? We can’t think of one! And when cabinet space comes at a super affordable price tag, it’s a total win-win. Enter the EKET cabinet from IKEA. This simple piece of furniture may not look like much out of the box, but in reality, it offers an ideal base for hacks, with a simple boxy shape, flat cabinet fronts, and a versatile under-30-inch height. And since the cabinets can be stacked or wall-mounted, the options for customization are long and varied. The best part? With plenty of space behind those doors, these cabinets are ultra functional, too.
Tons of DIYers have turned the humble EKET cabinet into a custom masterpiece—and with a little creativity, you can, too. Need some inspiration? Here are 14 smart IKEA EKET hacks that can suit nearly every room of your home.
The floating vanity is an of-the-moment piece we’d all like to cop. And it might be easier than you think. After mounting two sets of EKET cabinets, Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth added a new table top of solid wood cut to size for a sleek and modern look. To finish, she attached gold half-moon cabinet pulls.
An entryway is your home’s first impression, so to speak, which is why we love this clever entryway glam up by @lyckligavagen. Here, she adds a solid top and attractive molding along the bottom to create the perfect place to sit and store items like shoes and bags upon entering her home.
Inspired by a cane-front cabinet she saw on Pinterest, Gaby of @casa.de.hollis and her husband created a sideboard with two EKET cabinets. They kept the cabinet frames but replaced the doors with ones made of plywood with cane detail.
If you’re short on floor space for storage, consider going vertical. DIYer Gemma did just that with the space in her playroom. Using a combination of cabinet doors and compartments from the EKET dark gray line, she built a storage unit perfect for her space. Doors on the bottom hold bigger items, while the baskets in the top part can corral smaller toys.
Small changes often make a big difference. After sensing something was missing from her EKET cabinets, Cajsa decided to give them a lift with traditional picture-frame molding.
Kids’ rooms can never have enough storage. To punch up the EKET cabinets her daughters use as storage for books and toys, Sara of @greynestdesign added mid-century-style tapered wood legs in a pale yellow color.
To create a TV stand for her living space, Agnès of @princesse_in_versailles used wood cut to size and placed between rows of EKET boxes to create multiple levels. Then, she propped it all up on white hairpin legs.
Gloribell of Know How She Does It needed an area to store all her seasonal decor, but the sideboards she liked weren’t budget-friendly. To make three side-by-side EKET cabinets look like one unit, she and her husband cut a board to size to make the top; hollowing out half an inch from the inside helps it sit snugly on top of the cabinets’ existing frames.
We can’t get enough of this pretty, flirty coffee bar by Francisco @ciscosews. This chic coffee bar features an EKET cabinet painted bright pink, accompanied by a countertop and matching wooden feet. It’s an instant burst of happiness for the room.
A couple of cube-shaped EKETS stacked on top of each other are the perfect height for a bedside table or bar cart. Add wheels for extra mobility—and pattern and color for extra charm.
By replacing the EKET cabinet’s basic front and adding a front with romantic, raised detailing, @frontcover.se has created the perfect bedside table. This piece is beautiful as a single color, or for a bit of a pop, consider using a contrasting color for the detailing.
Sometimes a simple DIY yields the best results. And that’s just what Sofia (@1894home) has done: a small piece of molding and a coat of attractive navy paint were all it took to create a sleek, modern cabinet that’s perfect for any space.