10 best Ikea hacks of all time

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Cookbook Nook

Don't limit the super-functional BILLY bookcase to your favorite fictional paperbacks and hardcovers. ($50 each, ikea.comWhen positioned side-by-side to form a makeshift kitchen island, the shelves create a home for all of your favorite cookbooks, snacks, and even baking supplies.

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China Cabinet

Listen, most kitchens (and dining areas!) don't have enough room to keep all of your fine china, platters, and silverware — and that's why everyone needs a credenza. But it doesn't have to be a pricey investment. This sleek piece was made out of modern IKEA cabinets. (ikea.com)

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Mail Center

Don't let your bills and thank you notes take over your dining room table. This nifty floating shelf made out of KNUFF magazine holders features three different cubbies — one for unopened mail, action items, and letters to hold onto for later. ($10 for 2, ikea.com)

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Dream Dollhouse

No little kid will know the difference between this STUVA cabinet creation and a store-bought toy. ($60, ikea.com) As long as dolls, mini furniture, and lots of color are involved, it'll be a hit.

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Country Statement

IKEA's IVAR units are usually solid, unfinished cabinets. ($80, ikea.com) But a coat of bright red paint (and adorable sunflowers) gives them a country vibe and makes an otherwise drab unit a statement piece.

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Needed Counterspace

The no-nonsense BEKVAM kitchen cart is convenient, if a bit spare. ($60, ikea.com) A fresh coat of gray paint, a chic marble top, and a shiny towel bar makes this kitchen helper as stylish as it is functional.

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Campaign-Style Nightstand

The RAST dresser might be a little rough around the edges, but you can't beat the price. ($35, ikea.com) A little bit of leather and brass bring character to the piece, and adding paint didn't hurt either.

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Charging Station

Attach hooks to the simple FINTORP rail, and you can organize just about anything. ($9, ikea.com) To keep electronics from cluttering your counter, mount this bar near an outlet along with a basket to hold your gadgets. This blogger even added potted plants for decoration.

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Chic Vanity

If you're looking for a chic alternative to your standard vanity, check out this super-glam creation. The blogger paired the EKBY ALEX shelving with old-school wooden legs and a sheepskin-covered bench to create a gorgeous place to spend your mornings.($47, ikea.com)

See more at A New Bloom »

Mod Coffee Table

It's rare you get something so classy from IKEA's seen-everywhere LACK coffee table, but this blogger pulled it off. ($25, ikea.com) By removing the lower shelf and attaching wooden tapered legs, she created a midcentury-style classic that's entirely chic.

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