YOU can create bespoke-style furniture on a budget using affordable pieces from Ikea.
Adapting staples from the Swedish store yields big savings, plus it gives your home its own style.
Here are four handy tricks . . .
EASY DRESSING TABLE: Make a fabulous dressing table on a budget with Ikea’s £45 Ekby Alex shelf with drawers.
Decide on a wall area where you want a vanity station, then attach the drawers at table height.
This works as an alternative to a dressing table as the drawers are shallow but wide.
Complete the glam station with your mirror and stool of choice.
CUSTOMISED MIRROR PANEL: Giant industrial-style windowpane mirrors are popular but can easily cost around £100.
Using Ikea’s £1 Lonsas mirror, plus the Yllevad black frame for 75p, you can get the same style statement for a fraction of the price.
First, plan the size of the mirror you want.
A nine-panel three by three (working out at £15.75) is a good place to start.
Pop mirrors in the frames then use command strips to attach to a wall — a pack of 12 costs around £3 from Amazon.
The frames need to be side by side in rows and columns.
Using a spirit level will help you keep the edges from sloping when attaching.
CHEAT BUILT-IN WARDROBES: Built-in wardrobes look great but can cost thousands of pounds.
However, Ikea’s Pax units easily look as good as a bespoke solution — as long as your ceiling is not much above 240cm. Prices for a one-door wardrobe start from £122 or units without doors start at £240.
You can mix and match units to fit the space.
And Ikea also has an online Pax planner to create a wardrobe perfect for your bedroom.
BUDGET ALCOVE SHELVING: The Havasta and Hauga ranges mimic the popular shelf and cupboard combination in living room alcoves.
Again, using a carpenter to create a bespoke version can cost thousands of pounds.
On the other hand, the Ikea cabinets start from £179 and come in a range of sizes so you can find the one that will slot into your space.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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