I’m an interior designer – how to make IKEA furniture look way more expensive on a budget

AN INTERIOR designer has shared his go-to companies for upgrading IKEA furniture to create a custom look at a lower cost.

Nick Lewis, who is based in Canada, said that these five brands can add new doors, panels, and slipcovers to bargain IKEA buys, making them look much pricier than they actually are.

"A lot of people love IKEA, myself included, but there's just one problem: Everyone ends up having the same stuff," he said.

"But there are companies out there that modify IKEA products so you can get a really customized feel but at a much better price point because, well, it's IKEA," he went on.

First, he recommends Norse Interiors, which makes fronts, panels, and hardware that fit IKEA's Besta, Sektion, and Malm series.

Their drawer fronts for the Malm dresser cost $70 each and come in different colors and patterns.

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Customizing the doors and hardware can turn basic furniture into "something really beautiful that no one would ever suspect is actually IKEA on the inside," he said.

Another company, Bemz, sells slipcovers for IKEA couches.

The brand has over 118 different styles, with fabrics including cotton, corduroy, linen, velvet, and wool-look.

Prices vary depending on the sofa type and the fabric choice, with covers for a Klippan two-seater sofa costing as little as $175.

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Finally, Nick suggests shopping from Reform and Semihandmade, as well as Kitch in Canada, for door fronts for IKEA's Sektion series.

"They give you the custom look for a much cheaper price point. But you get access to the really amazing accessories that IKEA offers in the Sektion series," he said.

TikTok viewers have loved the "awesome" tips – especially for eco-friendly reasons.

"Giving your 'starter' furniture new life is actually SO sustainable," wrote one.

"This is the most helpful video I’ve seen in a while," said another commenter.

Nick agreed, saying that in addition to creating customized IKEA furniture from the get-go, the brands are alsoa "great way to refresh older IKEA items."

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A few skeptics pointed out that the overall cost of adding all the customizations can be quite high – especially when it comes to buying multiple doors and panels for a single piece of furniture – but Nick insists it is still much cheaper than buying high-end pieces.

"IKEA is cheaper than average and going this route is often cheaper than other retailers when you look at the total cost," he said.

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