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25 hacks with the Ikea IVAR bookshelf

25 hacks with the Ikea IVAR bookshelf

The IVAR series, one of the most functional of Ikea, turns 50 years old. Its structures, doors, shelves and cabinets allow you to create the bookshelf that best suits your needs and space. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is also one of the pieces that best lends itself to hacks, either by customizing it or creating new furniture with some of its pieces. To celebrate his birthday we collect some of the most original DIY projects we have found on Instagram. Which of them would you try at home?

1. Color scheme

More simple, impossible. Mix the closet with natural wood finish with other painted different colors and you will get a winning combination.

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Been renovating my daughters room for a while now as you may have noticed. This seven year old is very hard to please and she has had leading decisions about colors and style. There are still some details to fix, like a rooflamp and to hang the most cool gymnastic rings I got from @lillagunga. But so far I'm very pleased with the wall in picture, the cabinets gives great storage! #barnrum #kidsroom #familylivingfint #barnrumsinspo #ikeaivar #ikeahack #childrensroom #barnrumsinspo

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2. A towel rail

An IVAR structure can be many things. For example, a very functional towel rail. Imagination to the power!

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Ein Kleiner Ausschnitt von Unserem Badezimmer. So richtig fertig eingerichtet ist is auch nach fast einem Jahr in der Wohnung noch nicht. Sogar die Lampe fehlt noch, aber ich finde einfach keine schöne. Tipps? Als Handtuchalter dient ein Seitenteil vom Ivar System von Ikea… #instagraminteriorchallenge #bathroom # tag23 #badezimmerromantik #ikeahack #ikeaivar #meinikea #interiorinspo #diy

A post shared by Antonia Schmitz (@craftifair) on Nov 23, 2016 at 4:54 am PST

3. Gray coated

Simple wooden slats and some gray paint can work miracles.

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Inside our IVAR ✨ fått in del frågor på vad vi förvarar i vår Ivar och hur rymlig den är. I saw använder den som drinkskåp 👌Den rymmer förvånansvärt mycket med tanke på att den bara är 30 cm djup 😍👏 önskar er in skön dag! 💛 #femtonrum

A post shared by F E M T O N R U M (@ 15rum) on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:38 am PDT

4. As a kitchen cabinet

With shutter and sink included. How about?

5. Striped

Avoid a monotonous result by not doing all of the same thickness or length.

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sideboard ✅ maybe it need some silver paint on the frame ?! Ike #ikea #sideboard #ikeaivarhack #white #stripes #vintagevinyl #vibtagevinylsoundmachine #babyblue #letsrockthedinningroom #loveit #soundmachine #music #dielenboden #loveournewhome #imgelbenhaus #stillmissallthedecortion #stepforstepwoden #wohn_djörödördördöverdördördördördördörödörödörödörödördördörrödördjörörördördördördördördörrödörrörrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr shoud go for it!

A post shared by Lisa-Marie de Quartel (@ein_barfusskind) on Jul 20, 2017 at 3:41 am PDT

6. With legs

Made of wood or metal, it supports several IVAR cabinets on legs and will look like new.

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Instagram svämmar över av ivarhacks. Här är mitt #ivarhack. Blev Riktigt Nöjd! Den står i köket och har fått ben från @prettypegs och in toppskiva. Målad i mörkgrönt som gör sig fint mot ljusgrön vägg. Nu ska bara #skrythyllan upp ovanför med mine retrokoppar #retro #ivar #ikeaivar #ikeahacks #ikeaivarhack #inredning #jotunlady #inredning #interior # kök #kitchen

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7. Creative painting

This is one of the ideas that we liked the most. Use the doors of the IVAR closet as a blank canvas in which to express your creativity. Bravo!

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Skåpet IVAR från Ikea har verkligen OÄNDLIGA möjligheter! Frågan är bara VART du kommer få vara i huset? 🤗😄 Den UNDERBARA bilden är från @sofiasinredning Tack för ditt härliga konto med in massa inspiration! 🙏🏻✨✨ #inredning # ivarskåp #ikeaivarhack #ikeaivar #ikea #inspohome #inspoinredning

A post shared by Mikaela (@mikaelasjoberg) on ​​Oct 5, 2017 at 12:45 am PDT

8. Sideboard

Some black paint and some handles can turn several IVAR cabinets into a very elegant sideboard.

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Did some "shopping" in the basement and finally cobbled together a collection to hang in the kitchen. It's only taken me a year. Ha. Three vintage photos (one of family), thrift store painting from @ jess.dewes and a photo printed on wood that I took at the cabin in Colorado. The wood box holds all our phone chargers and cords, basket for keys and mail, pottery piece has Audrey's notes and treasures. Cabinet is Ikea Ivar painted Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron with wood plank top. I can't believe it has been almost a year. Just a few more things and it may finally feel done. Maybe… #kitchenreno #kitchen #whitekitchen #vintagephotography #ikeaivar #ikeaivarhack #sideboard #kitchenremodel #bringusyourberenson

A post shared by Andrea (@ andrea.durway) on Nov 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm PST

9. Wardrobe-slate

Two in one. Paint the doors with a slate glaze and voilà!

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All my #favorites #ikeaivarhack #ckalkpaint #chalkmarkers #instadiy #instaartist

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10. Perfect geometry

Place some ribbons in parallel with a separation of two centimeters creating a geometric body and paint in the middle.

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DIY - Customization du meuble IKEA! . #madeco #madecoamoi #ikea #ikeaivar #diy #faitmain #customisation #instadeco #deco #hand #instadiy #mobilier #boisetnoir #zodio #decoration

A post shared by Margot 🎈 (@margotey) on Oct 20, 2017 at 10:17 am PDT

11. Nordic style

Painted gray and with leather handles.

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#details Ledergriff-Liebe an unserem # ikeaivar.😍 Den Blick werde ich nun vom Sofa aus genießen. Genießt das laaaange Wochenende! 🍁☕☀ #ikeahack #ivarhack #diy #leder #livingroom #instahome #solebich # interior123 #scandinaviandesign #scandinavianhome #wohnkonfetti #wohnzimmer #ikea

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12. Leading role

If you do not dare to paint, another very good option is to look for a wallpaper that you like and line the doors.

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Ska bara dela med mig av gårdagens projekt också. Att betsa och tapetsera Ivar. Jag tycker det blev barnsligt fint 🙌 #kidsroom #kids #barnrum #barnrumsinspo #kidsroomdecor #flickrum #ikeadiy #ikeahack #ikea #ikeaivar #myhome #finabarnsaker

A post shared by Emelie (@funkiset) on Sep 30, 2017 at 8:42 am PDT

13. Bed support

Chests of drawers can become a bed base for children with a lot of storage space.

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Ottos værelse, nu med fine, hjemmebyggede tremmer #ottosplace #diy #ikeaivar #ikeahack

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14. As a boiserie

Choose the same color of the wall on which you are going to put the closet to paint its doors and it will look like a boiserie custom made.

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IKEA-hacking af IVAR-skabet 👌🏻Nyt indlæg på bloggen med en masse fede inspirationsbilleder - link i bio #ikeahack # ivar ... #ikeaivar #boligindretning #ikea #diy #boligprojekt #livingwithstyle #swedishdesign #homedecor #homeinspo #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #homeinterior #hacking scandinavianliving #kidsroom #kidsliving #nordichome #nordicinspiration # passion4interior #myinterior #nordiskehjem #interiorandhome #scandinaviskehjem #inspohome #myinterior #interiorinstapicture # interior4you #livingroom

A post shared by Penrose_living (@penrose_living) on ​​Oct 26, 2017 at 12:45 pm PDT

15. Go unnoticed

If you paint a socket on the wall of another color and the doors of the cabinets of the same, it will disappear before your eyes (well, or almost)

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@ ayuko.studio @ikeapolska @magda_wegrzyn @fluggerfarby @fluggerofficial #ikeaivar #lamperia #meblesosnowe #berker #sukulent #beza #parkiet

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16. Children's desk

Use one of its shelves as a work table for the little ones.

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The littles are getting so much use out of the new kids nook that Ben organized in our tiny kitchen. Super helpful for mama also. The kids can be in there with me and stay safe. #kidsnook #lunchtime #ikeahack #ikeaivar #ikeaivarhack #bigfamilytinyhouse

A post shared by Jessica (@crystalmothvintage) on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm PDT

17. And for not so children

Place the IVAR shelf on a work table and you will get the most out of the height of the ceilings and have everything tidy.

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In an attempt to #keepitreal for today's #freeupmyinsta I'm sharing my studio space. It might look vaguely organized in the first picture but scroll along and you'll see the chaos behind the instagram worthy shot. I've been in a temporary space for 2 months and I'm just in the process of moving, which means I no longer have an excuse for those left over moving boxes. 🙈 After I've packed up today's orders, my next errand is to sort the left over boxes out. Although my stock is pretty easy to manage and doesn't take up much room, at peak seasons trying to store 1000 Jiffy bags and 2500 gift boxes can be a bit of a squeeze! But I am SO excited about having a packing desk as well as a working desk. Floor to ceiling shelving is an absolute dream after working in an attic with zero vertical walls for 3 years!

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18. Midcentury style

Fine metal legs and a varnish will make the two-door closet look made in the 50s.

19. A coat rack

Easy to make and take to any corner of your home.

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Immer wieder #multifunktional finde ich meine Leiter, die eigentlich nur ein Seitenteil des IVAR-Regals von Ikea ist 💙 Die Ideen zur Nutzung sind dabei so vielfältig, dass es schon im Badezimmer als Handtuchhalter stand sowie im Schlafzmumer im Tungrümmer im Schrfmer im Schlafcher im Schlamer wird der Weihnachtszeit is vielleicht wieder meine Adventskalenderleiter 💙 @kukuwaja #gemeinsamdurchinsta # aprilchallenge # ikeahack #leiter #deko #Creative #myhome #zeig_dein_traumzuhause #nordichome #interiordesign #ikea #inspiration # interior123 #inredning #wohnkonfetti #multifunctional #blackwhite #aufbewahrungsidee #ikea # ikeaivar #kostetfastnix

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20. A screen

Materials needed: three structures, some hinges and some cloth. Difficulty: Very, very simple to do.

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colors are the language of the soul 💗🌈🎨🌞 #diy #paravant #ikeahack #ikeaivar #bluebellgray #habichselbstgemacht #homedecor #homefitnessstudio #homesweethome #bastelwastel #buntistmeinelieblingsfarbe #createart #creativesoul #makeartnotwar

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21. As a cooking column

We would never have said that this use could be given, but here it is ...

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My fav corner 🌿🍃🍂 #hannisrafiehome #kitchencorner #ikeaivar #ikeamy

A post shared by anis.hannis.etc (@anisgram) on May 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm PDT

22. As a room divider

In this loft it has been placed at the foot of the bed to differentiate the bedroom area from the dining room.

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Sista arbetsdagen för den här veckan 🙌🏻 sen blir det långhelg med min lille och massor med roligt står på schemat! Önskar er in härlig dag. J.

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23. Legs arty

The best way to make it look brand new is to choose legs with a lot of presence. What do you think of these yellow ones?

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Ivar skåpet fick fina ben från @ pandurohobby.se som vi har målat. Signe som valde färgen och vilken tur att hon har lika bra smak som sin mor 👌🏻

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24. Botany class

A paper with plant motifs will give it a more classic, but very original look.

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TBT * The Ikea-Ivar cabinet is one of our favorites. It is so easy to spice up, so cute to look at and definitely perfect for a little weekend DIY project! Thank you @hemmahoseva for choosing our Estelle 480 Ash pegs! Pre #prettypegs #ikeahack #ikeaivar #scandinaviandesign #storage #DIY # gördetsjälv #furniturelegs

A post shared by Prettypegs Legs & Parts (@prettypegs) on Nov 3, 2016 at 9:09 am PDT

25. In pastel tones

And with black polka dots. Lovely.

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DIY ideas to customize ikea furniture. IVAR cabinets decorated with a beautiful and delicate landscape in pastel colors, with Chalk Paint. #ikea #ikeahack #ikeaivar #ikeahackers #diy #diylove #diylover #goodideas #painting #chalkpaint #chalkart #chalkpastel #newideas #ilovediy #ilovediys

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