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21 Gorgeous Ikea Nursery Hacks

Make your baby’s nursery unique and stylish with this list of 21 gorgeous IKEA nursery hacks! Best of all, most of these IKEA nursery hacks are easy and can be done in a weekend—perfect for busy parents-to-be!

Ikea nursery hacks

I am obsessed with IKEA hacks! It’s so much fun to see how people take ordinary pieces of inexpensive furniture and turn it into something totally functional and fabulous!

We got an IKEA near us a few years and it’s the best. They have a multitude of styles, all at a really great price point. Some of Evelyn’s staple nursery pieces are classic standbys from IKEA—Hello Hemnes dresser.

I wanted to see what other people were making for their nursery with their IKEA furniture. I love getting inspiration from others and seeing if it is something that will work for us.

I set out to find some awesome IKEA nursery hacks and I found some that are truly stunning. I cannot believe how creative and innovative people can be sometimes.

baby crib and plant with blanket basket nearby

Designing Baby’s Nursery with IKEA Nursery Hacks

Decorating your baby’s nursery can be such a fun process. You get to pick out a nursery theme, choose colors, and carefully select furniture. But all of those decisions can be pretty daunting.

When it comes to furniture and overall nursery organization, you want things to be functional, beautiful, and budget friendly.

IKEA is known for having inexpensive furniture and decor pieces that can be used throughout your home. But more often than not, when people think of IKEA, they don’t think designer furniture or decor.

But these 21 gorgeous IKEA nursery hacks might change the way you look at pieces from our favorite furniture store. With a little time and a lot of creativity, these bloggers took different IKEA pieces and turned them into glam decor for a baby’s nursery.

Check out the stunning IKEA nursery hacks to get ideas for designing your own little one’s nursery.

Click through original sources to see their how-tos on how they hacked these IKEA pieces!

IKEA Nursery Hacks with Furniture

IKEA’s furniture tends to be fairly basic, but there are so many ways to customize it. See how parents turned these simple pieces into works of art with these furniture nursery hacks!

IKEA nursery hacks - painted dresser with gold pulls

This IKEA nursery hack comes from Sarah Sherman Samuel and takes a simple Tarva dresser from plain to elegant. She changed the shape of the legs, added bar pulls (replacing the knobs it comes with), and painted the dresser to give it a new look.

She turned a boring wooden dresser into an elegant piece of furniture for her baby’s room with this Ikea nursery dresser hack.

IKEA nursery hack for tiny crib

Mandi at Vintage Revivals shares her IKEA nursery hack tiny crib hack that she created. She used some 2×2’s (that cost about $2 a piece) to create a “house frame” for her baby’s crib.

Not only does this hack cost less than $20 total, but the frame is also removable from the crib so that it can double as a playhouse later! I love how this just adds to the look of the crib, while keeping it safe for sleep.

IKEA nursery hack - side table

Erica from Dwell Beautiful took a boring wooden side table and turned it into a beautiful side table that would be perfect for some essentials while breastfeeding. She walks us through step-by-step how she spruced this side table for this IKEA nursery must have.

You can paint the top a solid color, or use masking tape to create a design first (like tutorial shows). Either way, this is a great hack to use if you’re looking to add a pop of color to your nursery.

ikea nursery hack - modern bookcase to rustic changing table

IKEA is great for modern furniture and clean lines. But what if you want more of a rustic feel to your baby’s nursery? Young House Love has the answer with their modern IKEA bookcase turned wooden rustic changing table with this IKEA nursery hack.

They transformed a modern bookcase into a rustic functional changing table by wrapping the sides with stained wood and the results are gorgeous.

minty green ikea nursery dresser hack

This gorgeous minty dresser from Minty Magazine is something that you can recreate in an afternoon.

Kathryn Hawkes used the Tarva dresser from IKEA and painted it green, then added some gold handles. A perfect IKEA nursery hack for baby girl or boy’s nursery.

kids table IKEA nursery hack with upholstered chairs

Stephanie from All About Ami modified the IKEA Latt set (table and chairs) to make it more comfortable by doing some simple upholstery.

You can choose a fabric that matches your nursery decor, or opt for something a little different to make the chairs more of a focal point. This would grow with your baby well into the toddler years too!

ikea nursery hack rocking chair

Many hours will be spent feeding your baby, so you might as well get a chair that is extra comfortable! The Woven Studio shows us how they hacked an IKEA chair into an IKEA nursery chair to create this comfortable nursery rocker that is perfect for rocking baby, and much more affordable than traditional rockers.

Plus, it looks so comfy!

Ikea nursery hack - MALM dresser glammed up

Katy from A Shade of Teal transformed her Malm IKEA Dresser into a rustic dream. She added a new coat of paint, created panels and attached them to each drawer, and also added simple knobs.

IKEA Nursery HACKS for Storage

One of the best things about IKEA is that their pieces offer plenty of storage. See how these new parents added storage to their baby’s room while making it beautiful with these great storage IKEA nursery hacks.

IKEA nursery hacks - spice racks as bookshelves

IKEA sells birch spice racks for $5 a piece. Your DIY family painted the front bar of these spice racks and mounted them on the wall for a nursery bookshelf. This simple and inexpensive DIY is a pretty way to show off all of your baby’s books that you’ll enjoy during baby’s bedtime routine together.

ikea nursery hack - picture ledge as library

This IKEA nursery hack from The Sweetest Digs promotes reading and saves space. She used IKEA picture ledges as bookshelves, maximizing wall space and showcasing different children’s book covers as art.

I spy the Book with No Pictures, which is one of our daughter’s favorites!

ikea nursery hack - mobile changing table

Wendy used a Raskog rolling IKEA cart to create a mobile changing station. This IKEA nursery hack makes it easy to keep all of baby’s essentials close by. She stocked it with all the newborn necessities:

If you don’t have an IKEA near you, you can find similar rolling carts online.

ikea nursery bench seat

This IKEA nursery hack from Ish and Chi is a brilliant way to combine storage and seating!

This incredible hack uses two drawer units, a double base cabinet, and a single cabinet to create a bench and then cushions are added to complete the bench (and add comfort).

ikea nursery hack to create storage closet

I am always searching for IKEA baby closet ideas. After all, you can never have too much storage in the closet.

If you want to add more storage to the closet in your nursery, try out this closet organization hack from Strawberry Swing and Other Things.

She creates a Kallax nursery closet with the IKEA Kallax shelving unit for more shelf space and added bins to a few of the shelves to add color (and hide some of the mess).

tassels for IKEA Drona boxes

I have seen the IKEA Drona boxes a million times and never thought anything of them. But when I saw this IKEA nursery hack from Tan at Squirrelly Minds I fell in love with the Drona boxes.

She spruced up the foldable storage boxes by adding colorful tassels. This simple hack adds a pop of pretty color and takes 10 minutes to make, tops!

floating credenza shelf - IKEA nursery hack

If you need some extra storage space in your nursery, this could be the hack for you!

Sugar & Cloth created a floating credenza using a Besta shelf unit from IKEA. They stained the wood and also gave it a coat of paint to give it a modern look.

IKEA colorful knobs

If you’re going for a colorful look for your nursery, this is the perfect IKEA nursery hack. Just take a set of Losjon hangers (they look like door knobs), and screw them into the wall. Then you can use them to hold bags, hangers, toys, and anything else your baby might need. I love how these add a pop of color to baby’s space.

IKEA nursery wardrobe hack

Keep baby clothes organized with this idea from Fresh Mommy Blog. She created a space to hang baby clothes with this easy wardrobe shelf. She showcased her baby’s tiny newborn clothes since baby didn’t have his own room yet. I love the idea of showing off those cute baby clothes!

IKEA Nursery Hacks for Decor

Just a few more IKEA nursery hacks that we could’t resist that are absolutely fabulous!

IKEA pleated curtains for nursery

You know I am all about blackout curtains in the nursery.

Curtains add so much dimension to a room, but they can also be so expensive! See how The Grit and Polish turned these IKEA curtain panels into curtains that look so glam for your baby’s nursery! This is such a genius IKEA nursery hack!

ikea nursery hack mini crib sheets

If you’re working with a small nursery, a mini crib is a great option for your baby’s room! And if you’ve decided to get a mini crib, you’ll love this IKEA nursery hack from Lovely Indeed. This tutorial shows you how to sew your own mini crib sheets so they fit in baby’s little bed!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a mini crib, this tutorial shows you how to sew crib sheets of any size.

ikea hanging plant

This has to be the easiest IKEA nursery hack on the list but also one of my favorites! By Brittany Goldwyn extended her discount IKEA Druvflader hanging pot with string and wooden beads to dress it up a bit and make it hang lower. I love plants in a baby’s nursery!

ikea nursery hack for baby play gym

Don’t want to spend a fortune on a play gym? Try out the baby play gym hack from Molly at Almost Makes Perfect! She combines the Leka Play Gym and the Himmelsk Mobile (both from IKEA) to create a very unique and adorable play gym.

See how gorgeous those IKEA nursery hacks are? Now, which one are you going to try first?


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