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

A FURNISHING designer shared his resources for upgrading IKEA furniture to create a customized look at a lower cost.

Nick Lewis, who lives in Canada, said these five brands can add new doors, panels and slipcovers to discount IKEA purchases, making them look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

An interior designer has shared his resources for upgrading IKEA furniture to create a custom look at a lower cost

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An interior designer has shared his resources for upgrading IKEA furniture to create a custom look at a lower costPhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign
Brands listed by Nick Lewis add new doors, panels and slipcovers to IKEA purchases, making them look more expensive than they actually are

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Brands listed by Nick Lewis add new doors, panels and slipcovers to IKEA purchases, making them look more expensive than they actually arePhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign

“A lot of people love IKEA, myself included, but there’s just one problem: everyone ends up with the same stuff,” he said.

“But there are companies out there that modify IKEA products to give you a really customized feel, but at a much better price because, well, it’s IKEA,” he continued.

First, he recommends Norse Interiors, which makes fronts, panels and hardware to match IKEA’s Besta, SECTION and Malm series.

Their drawer fronts for the Malm dresser are $70 each and come in a variety of colors and patterns.

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Customizing the doors and hardware can transform simple 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 sofas.

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

Prices vary by sofa type and fabric choice, with covers for a Klippan loveseat starting at $175.

Finally, Nick suggests looking at Reform and Semihandmade as well as Kitch in Canada for door fronts for IKEA’s SECTION series.

“They give you the customized look at a much cheaper price. But you get access to the really amazing accessories that IKEA offers in the SECTION series,” he said.

TikTok viewers have loved the “genius” tips – mostly for eco-friendly reasons.

He recommends Norse Interiors, which makes fronts, panels and hardware to match IKEA's Besta, SECTION and Malm ranges

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He recommends Norse Interiors, which makes fronts, panels and hardware to match IKEA’s Besta, SECTION and Malm rangesPhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign
"IKEA is cheaper than average and this route is often cheaper than other retailers when you look at the total cost," he said

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“IKEA is cheaper than average and that route is often cheaper than other retailers when you look at the total cost,” he saidPhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign

“Breathing new life into your ‘starter’ furniture is actually SO sustainable,” wrote one.

“This is the most helpful video I’ve seen in a long time,” said another commenter.

Nick agreed, saying that not only do the brands make bespoke IKEA furniture from the start, but it’s also a “great way to refresh older IKEA items.”

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Some skeptics pointed out that the overall cost of adding all the customization can be quite high – especially when it comes to buying multiple doors and panels for a single piece of furniture – but Nick insists it’s still a lot cheaper than that Buying high-end pieces.

“IKEA is cheaper than average and that route is often cheaper than other retailers when you look at the total cost,” he said.

Nick suggests buying door fronts for IKEA's SECTION series from Reform

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Nick suggests buying door fronts for IKEA’s SECTION series from ReformPhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign
Semihandmade also makes door fronts for IKEA's SECTION series

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Semihandmade also makes door fronts for IKEA’s SECTION seriesPhoto credit: Tik Tok / nicktalksdesign

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