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“IKEA overlays” are a new (and easy) way to make your flatpack furniture look so much more expensive

  • August 24, 2023

Tired of your plain-looking flat-packs? Looking for ways to make your IKEA furniture look more expensive? Love hacking furniture but want an easy upgrade that doesn’t require complicated tools? If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above then furniture overlays could be the answer, and they’re quickly becoming the next big thing in DIY.

We all love the utility of IKEA’s flat-packs, and there’s no denying that their sleek, minimalist design makes them the perfect canvas for letting your creativity run wild with clever IKEA hacks, but sometimes we need a little helping hand to make them more decorative and unique. Well, that’s where IKEA overlays come in. These decorative panels come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and patterns, and they’re by far the easiest way to jazz up dressers, cabinets, and even mirrors with minimal effort.

‘IKEA overlays offer an affordable way to customize mass-produced furniture and make it uniquely yours,’ explains Lotta Lundaas, CEO and founder of Norse Interiors, a company that offers IKEA customization. ‘By adding overlays to existing IKEA furniture, you can also extend their lifespan and reduce waste by not replacing them entirely.’

Want to know more about this genius modern approach to furniture hacking? We take a look at the overlay revolution and the best ways to incorporate them into your own home.

What are overlays?

A kitchen with white cabinets with overlays on top

A kitchen with white cabinets with overlays on top

IKEA overlays, or any type of furniture overlay, are a type of decorative panel that attaches to your furniture to make it look more aesthetically appealing, and they’re becoming one of the biggest interior design trends in the world of DIY. ‘IKEA overlays in particular are custom-made pieces designed to fit specific IKEA furniture items,’ explains Lotta of Norse Interiors. ‘They can be made

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