Ikea Hack | A Quick DIY to Update Ikea Furniture
Ikea hacks are some of my favorite DIYs. I look them up on Pinterest all the time for inspiration, and I have done many of them around my house. Adding knobs to Ikea furniture (or any furniture) is a quick, easy, and cheap way to update a piece and give it a custom look. I have done this on my kitchen cabinets, Ikea wardrobes, a west elm sideboard, and countless other pieces of Ikea furniture. I'm sure there are many tutorials out there on this hack, but this post is the lazy girl’s guide to a mess-free and easy version you can do in under 20 minutes.
Drill (also great for putting Ikea furniture together faster if it has screwdriver attachments)
Knobs (mine are from Zara Home)
Tissue paper or any large scrap paper
Before you start, check the back of your knob to see if the post is in the center. Some knobs will not be symmetrical so you need to adjust for that when marking out where the knob should go. Pay close attention to this if you are putting two knobs on doors like in the photo above.
My favorite shops to buy knobs are Anthropologie (for my US readers) and Zara Home.
1. Prep the area with the scrap paper for easy cleanup. I used two layers of tissue paper I saved from an online order packaging, but any large scrap paper will do. For drawers and doors, line the floor with the scrap paper so it will catch to dust when you drill. For drawers, also tape the tissue to the inside of the drawer, so it catches the dust.
2. Mark with a + in pencil where you want the knob to go. I measured all the doors and drawers to find the middle. Then, I decided how far I wanted each knob from the edge and made another mark intersecting with the first mark.
3. Select the drill bit according to the width of the post on the knob. If you are unsure which bit to choose for your knob, always start with one smaller than you think you need. You can change to a bigger bit if you need to make the hole larger.
4. Drill a hole where you put the + mark.
5. Add the knob. I twist the back on as far as I can with my fingers, then I hold the front with one hand and tighten the washer with pliers from the back.
6. Clean up the scrap paper and you are done!