"Small Ikea kitchens drive me crazy, but six kitchens' worth of Ikea cabinets can be made into something beautiful," architect Andrew Dunbar says. Staggered by width, the cabinets in this San Francisco dwelling cost $12,000, which is about a tenth of the price of custom storage units.
Inspired by Danish furniture brand Vipp, Belgian architect and designer Gaeten Havart overhauled Ikea Akurum cabinets, electro-painting them with a resistant black matte coating. To create a streamlined effect, he capped the cabinet doors with the same finish as the metal appliances and added handles.
The focal point of a Finnish living/dining room is an oak table from Ikea. “We like to draw, read newspapers, sew, and invite friends over, so a generous table suits our lifestyle.”
In a Brooklyn loft, the kids' room is designed with playfully colored bunk beds from Ikea.
In the kitchen of this Brooklyn town house, the island and cabinets, fashioned from remilled Douglas-fir beams salvaged from upstate New York, sport inexpensive drawers from Ikea.
An affordably built home in Portland is filled with budget-friendly furnishings, like the Mandal bed from Ikea in the master bedroom.
A home built for a musician in Kansas City finds storage in a pair of Ikea Expedit shelving units that line one wall of the sleeping area.
In a 196-square-foot family home, every square inch counts. A retractable Ikea mirror takes up little wall space.
A vacation home for two D.C.–based writers features a Karlstad sofa from Ikea that overlooks Lake Ontario.
A Dokstra table from Ikea complements the midcentury aesthetic of this 1960s house in Portland.