IKEA Coffee Table Hacks for Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Furniture

Sleek IKEA coffee table hacks can really come in handy when you’ve blown the budget for the rest of the living room remodel (or that oversized TV for all those Netflix binges). As these IKEA designer hacks show, being savvy with the purse strings doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.

Whether you’re looking for a West Elm-inspired marble coffee table, a clean Scandi-style finish, or a cool ottoman alternative, we’ve rounded up some of the best IKEA coffee table hacks to inspire your next DIY project.

IKEA coffee table hacks for a bespoke look on a budget

No budget? No problem. These super stylish IKEA coffee table hacks prove that you can give any staple a gorgeous shine for a room that’s uniquely yours.

The Ikea hacks Vittsjo coffee table with black frame and marble top

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If there’s one thing that’s sure to elevate your living room, it’s a touch of marble. Of course, authentic marble can be an expensive undertaking, and if you’ve got a keen eye on the budget, this IKEA marble coffee table hack is super simple and incredibly effective.

Lauren @blesserhouse used affordable marble contact paper to cover the glass top of the IKEA Vittsjo table – and the result is quite impressive.

She says, “It was definitely the easiest little furniture makeover; the whole project took 10 minutes. I can’t believe how awesome it looks.

The Ikea hacks Vittsjo coffee table with black frame and marble top

(Image credit: @blesserhouse)

Lauren was inspired by a West Elm coffee table she spotted but didn’t want to spend $600. She adds: “I decided to leave the bottom panel out to give it the clean lines to mimic the top end version, but it could work either way. “Even the sheen of the contact paper gives it a cool, smooth marble feel.”

2. Channel a Scandi vibe with this bed slat IKEA coffee table hack

Ikea coffee table hacks with Scandi style bed slats

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that a few old bed slats from IKEA might be worth skipping. But no. Avril from @thesuitcasedesigner shows exactly what you can do to upcycle your IKEA bed slats. Or, of course, you can buy them new from IKEA for a stylish yet affordable coffee table hack.

‘I turned the IKEA Luroy box spring (you can use any similar slat) into a beautiful IKEA coffee table masterpiece that fits so well into my living room aesthetic!

“And the box spring itself was only $8 in the AS-IS section, so it’s a very affordable option if you’re looking to hack a new coffee table.”

April wrapped each slat in wood-effect contact paper, made her own frame, and purchased mid-century style legs for a sleek, clean finish.

She adds, “So in love with how this table turned out. And all for US$40. It’s amazing what a little creativity and elbow grease can do.

3. Create a modern and rustic IKEA coffee table with the Snidad basket

ikea designer tips

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You are not a great handyman? Looking for something super simple? This IKEA coffee table hack has your name all over it. All you have to do is remove the handles from the IKEA Snidad basket and attach the top of your choice.

Ruth @mrs_macs_home says: “I removed the handles using scissors to cut the woven part, then pliers to remove the small nails.

‘Then simply flip it over and place it on top of your choice. I used a metal tray we already had to create a small side table or coffee table.

And if you are looking for more storage solutions, IKEA storage hacks are also a chic and savvy place to start.

4. Make a matching coffee table and ottoman sofa set

Ikea coffee table hacks pouf gray with black legs by Norse Interiors

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If you bought a matching sofa and ottoman from IKEA and want your ottoman to double as a coffee table, all you need to do is add legs. Yes, it’s as simple as that.

This stylish gray footstool from the IKEA Finnala series has been given a new lease of life with black metal ‘Sara’ legs from Norse Interiors. These work to give it a modern edge and coffee table feel, although it still has a soft top for barefoot evenings.

Are you worried about the drinks falling out? Simply use a tray to balance your pieces.

5. Go gold with a splash of spray paint

Ikea coffee table hacks Vittsjo gold spray paint

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“One of the easiest IKEA coffee table hacks I’ve done so far is the IKEA Vittsjo coffee table and Vittsjo shelf makeover,” says Ceres of @the.pink.dream. “With just a spray paint can, I was able to totally transform these two pieces from dull to fabulous.”

This hack costs almost nothing, but it has a big impact. Ceres says, “My favorite gold spray paint is Rust-Oleum Gold Paint. I’ve used it on both the coffee table and the shelf (both come as a set). I like it because it’s more of an understated golden color.

‘Keep in mind that it’s best to spray paint before assembling the part. This way you can lay all the parts on a flat surface and spray evenly. I usually give it three coats, let it dry completely between coats, then stitch it together.

“I would also recommend using a sealer to keep the paint from fading. At first I didn’t use any and had to repaint after about 6 months as the paint was fading from wear.

Simple style with coffee table books and flowers for an elegant finish.

6. Show off a beautifully bronzed frame

coffee table ikea hacks ikea vittsjo spray painted bronze

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Take the same set of IKEA Vittsjo nesting tables seen above and give them a gorgeous bronze for an understated yet glamorous update.

Janike @janika.clingen used Wilckens Gold Effect spray can to create this grown-up look and also removed the bottom black shelf from the original set. Stained glass vases and a radiant mirror give the set a vintage 70s vibe – a huge trend in interior design right now.

Ikea coffee table turns a linen sofa and footstool into a coffee table by Bemz

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There’s nothing that says modern rustic elegance more than beautifully casual and sophisticated linens. Bemz’s clever tastemakers create design-focused slipcovers for IKEA furniture and really transform their high street rooms into high-end, instantly creating a Scandi living room vibe.

Why not take an IKEA Soderhamn ottoman, add new legs and cover it with Bemz slipcovers (seen here in Tan Simply Linen) and use it as a chic new coffee table? It’s beautifully styled here with a black ceramic bowl and cool coffee table books.

Do you also like the sofa? This is the IKEA Farlov finished in Bemz Honey Mustard Simply Linen. We like.

8. Make your own coffee table top to pair with IKEA trestle table legs

Coffee table Ikea hacks Scandi style blond wood with white legs

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IKEA designer hacks don’t have to be complicated, and this sleek and modern IKEA coffee table hack is the perfect example.

The brand sells a number of trestle table legs giving you the perfect opportunity to create a unique piece of furniture customized to your liking by adding a new top.

Riikka from Weekday Carnival says: “We made this coffee table ourselves using IKEA Vika Lerberg brackets and a wooden board from Bauhaus. I’m really into wooden things with a touch of white.

If the Vika Lerberg is sold out in your store, don’t panic, there are several other choices for your new bespoke coffee table.

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