IKEA Hack: A Dresser Update

Let’s face it, in a world where IKEA is stylish and affordable, it’s hard to look elsewhere for furniture and other home decor. The only thing stopping us from stockpiling on budget items is the fear of looking the same as everyone else – which is where this handy little hack comes in…

The IKEA Hemnes range is just beautiful; the chest of drawers hold our belongings neatly, and the simple monochrome finish goes with every room.
The only issue is that the drawers often look rather same-sy – they’re instantly recognisable as an IKEA purchase. While this isn’t a bad thing, sometimes you just want your own touch on your home.
This is a super easy way to update your furniture, and it works for just about anything; charity shop finds, your current bedside tables, sideboards – any item with handles could do with a quick update, and you can choose a unique design for each piece.

We purchased these pretty handles from eBay, they’re a bargain at £1.89 each and there’s almost too many designs to choose from – so you can mix and match to suit your decor.
It wasn’t hard to remove the old handles using a screwdriver, and place the new ones on with a multi-use spanner.
Hack5The end result is unique and it gives the typical IKEA look an affordable update that even the most anti-DIYers can get behind.

Have you considered changing up your handles for another design?

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  • Sophie

    Such a great idea! x


  • elza

    what a lovely idea, love the result – looks so nice ! x

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  • Lauren S

    We’ve been updating our furniture with this trick, it really adds something and distracts from the IKEA buy!

    Lauren x

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  • mediamarmalade

    Looks fab, and actually I really want to get those drawers as they’re such a good size 😀

    Mel x

  • Ceri

    I love these little switch ups, they can make all the difference! Thinking about it I’ve realised that we actually don’t have any furniture with handles on..! How weird is that!
    I would definitely consider changing up the handles though on any future purchase. :)

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  • rae

    I love how simple the change is but what an impact it made. I have done this actually with most of my ikea furniture and it really does make the piece feel more personal and less “ikea”.

    Rae | love from berlin

  • Erin and Katherine

    What a great idea! Bookmarking this.

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  • Kat Horrocks

    I’ve seen IKEA painted and customised with handles and I think it can be done really nicely! Can make something very simple/basic into something more suited to your individual style

    Kat |

  • Angeline

    IKEA is brilliant!!

  • Kate Musgrove

    That dresser is gorgeous. I love Ikea, they have great bargains and homeware. x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

  • Sarah Campbell

    I have the Alex drawers and if they had handles, I would do this! I love how it’s so simple to match existing Ikea pieces to new decor just by making a few simple changes. I need more Ikea furniture in my life!

    Sarah :)

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  • Lucy

    Changing the handles looks like such a simple yet unique way of updating a bland piece of furniture, I must give it a go!

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  • Sophia Charles

    It’s amazing how changing a small thing like this make such difference!

    Sophia //

  • Gemma Carey

    I love a bit of Ikea! It’s also amazing how the little things can make such a big difference! Lovely :)

  • Shannon P

    Love this, im in the process of looking to buy my first home and therefore money is tight for furniture! Ikea is definitely the way forward :)

  • Jess (It’s That Time for)

    I love this idea. I have several pieces of ikea furniture that I have grand plans for! Namely, my bathroom cabinet. I will definitely be changing the knobs like you did here :) x Jess

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