Don't limit the super-functional BILLY bookcase to your favorite fictional paperbacks and hardcovers. ($50 each, ikea.com) When 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.
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.