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pimp your ikea

after recently disclosing just how much of my furniture is ikea (you can see my home featured in the llustre journal here), i started thinking about the many different ways in which you can customise your trusty ikea purchases to make them more unique to you.

i’ve spotted pretty pegs beautiful range of furniture legs on several blogs recently, and love their quirky shapes and bright colour pops. just like your favorite pair of shoes that add the perfect finishing touch to your outfit, these swedish-made furniture legs would add a final flourish to your ikea sofa, chair or freestanding cabinet. i’m a sucker for the yellow and coral legs – perhaps a mix ‘n’ match approach would be the way to go?

i don’t actually own any ikea upholstery, but if i did bemz would certainly be my first port of call for an ultra stylish slipcover, which are available in a wide range of fabrics, including those by celebrated swedish designers stig lindberg, viola gråsten, göta trägårdh and my favourites, marimekko. surely somewhere out there is a praliini covered allerum sofa with my name on…

and bearing in mind though that most of ikea furniture is white plastic veneer, panyl’s self-adhesive, pre-cut coverings are right up my street! apparently if you’ve ever assembled a piece of ikea furniture, you’re vastly overqualified to apply panyls vinyl sheeting – meaning i would definitely be a pro given the number of ikea fla packs i’ve had to build for photo shoots in my lifetime!

i would love to alternate my billy bookcase shelves in robin’s egg, bubblegum and clay, and perhaps line my micke desk drawer in vibrant tangerine; that would certainly brighten up my working day :)

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  1. I love this post! I am all about hacking IKEA to make it more ‘me’. I have new knobs and lining paper just waiting to be installed in our bedside tables.

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