The 100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

100 Best IKEA hacks of all time.

We've rounded up one hundred IKEA hacks that prove you can have champagne tastes on a beer budget. Each of these hacks illustrates the power of transformation – basic warehouse pieces are cleverly altered in beautiful ways that make them feel custom. This round up has me feeling like Aladdin on a magic carpet ride – so come along with me! I can open your eyes, take you wonder by wonder, over, sideways and under on a magic IKEA hack ride. Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd

Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd | By Curbly #dorm #decor
Photo: Urban Outfitters

It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year when college kids are starting to think about packing up to head back to campus… which means it's also time for a dorm decor shopping guide! Infuse your space with some extra style this semester with these über trendy, character-packed picks that will make you the envy of all of your friends.   

 

Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd | By Curbly #dorm #decor
Urban Outfitters

Frigidaire Mini Refrigerator – This small fridge has a retro feel thanks to its old school Frigidaire logo and funky mint green color. Continue Reading

Roundup: 10 Industrial Chic DIY Furniture Projects

10 DIY Industrial Furniture Project Ideas
Photo: Brepurposed

We've been into industrial-style DIYs lately over here at Curbly, so today we thought we'd share some gorgeous DIY industrial furniture project ideas you can make yourself. These DIYs are filled with weathered wood, pipes and metal accents, giving them an oh-so-trendy look. Keep reading to check them out.   

 

Industrial bookshelf from an IKEA Billy bookcase
Photo: Grillo Designs

1. This petite organizational shelf is made using an IKEA Billy bookcase! Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Grillo Designs]

 

Industrial chic side table
Photo: The Golden Sycamore

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IKEA Hack: The Tarva Nightstand Gets Naked

IKEA Hack Nightstand Edition - A Tarva nightstand with cutout handles

One of the easiest ways to change up a piece of furniture is to switch out the hardware – but what happens when the hardware is abandoned completely? When my wife found this nightstand during a recent trip to IKEA, she immediately drew inspiration from a different piece of furniture in our house – our hardware-less credenza. Could we replicate the cutout drawer handle on her new nightstand? Turns out, we could! Trading a little extra work for the extra cost of new hardware, here's how this IKEA nightstand hack worked out.                      Continue Reading

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

It's certainly time to decorate our homes with some much needed Christmas cheer! This year, we are focusing on adding more handmade pieces to our Christmas decor to help the holiday feel more personal and inviting! These simple and modern 3-D cork Christmas trees are a sure way to add that festive touch to your tabletops this season!  

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

materials

  • Cork tiles 
  • Cutting mat
  • Cutting tool (or X-Acto knife)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape (optional)
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hot glue gun

Step

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

Using your ruler, decide how big you want your first tree to be. Continue Reading

How to: Paint a Buffalo Check Table

Buffalo plaid table painting DIY

I love black and white, and what better pattern to show off this high contrast combo then buffalo check (also known as buffalo plaid). For the last few years, I've been adding more and more of this (usually) red-and-black flannel pattern known to my fall/winter wardrobe and home decor.  Last year, I decorated a whole Christmas tree for $10, and buffalo check was the main star.  

So, when I found this solid little table at a thrift store for $8, I decided to give it a giant gingham makeover. Continue Reading

Full House Tour: Our 2017 Curbly House Renovation is Complete!

Curbly House 2017 Dining Room

The 2017 Curbly House is done! It went on the market last weekend, and (to my surprise and delight), we've already had several showings. After two-and-a-half months of intense renovation work, it feels a little weird this week, knowing there's nothing left to do except blog about it. I keep checking my 'To-Do' list, and it's all crossed off, which is my JAM! 

Scroll down for the full, room-by-room reveal of the 2017 Curbly House, along with complete product lists (from our featured vendor partner, Hayneedle) and details about how we transformed each space.  Continue Reading

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one… and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects – in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project. Continue Reading

Curbly Guide: Furniture Styles 101

Furniture styles can be confusing. What's the difference between contemporary and modern? Or rustic and country? Keep reading to find out… we'll spell it out for you with easy to understand definitions and examples too.  

Furniture Styles 101

 

Furniture Styles 101

Arts & Crafts Furniture

The Arts & Crafts movement began in the late 19th century, as a reaction against the ornate and often poorly-made furniture of the time. Simple, rectilinear shapes were characteristic of this style, and pieces were usually handmade using wood (as shown above). Continue Reading

How to Make the Ultimate Garage Workbench

An easy to build workbench for your garageFor the past six months, I've been hammering and banging on a flimsy folding plastic table. That's right. I'm a full-time DIY and how-to blogger, a hobbyist woodworker, and everyday tinkerer, and my garage workbench (if you could call it that) was a thin piece of flexible plastic sitting on flimsy legs, previously only employed as extra seating when we host Thanksgiving dinner.

See, my wife and I just bought our first home, and while we were lucky to find a house in inner Southeast Portland with both a garage and a basement (no small feat), we've spent our free time fixing up the more public – and practical – spaces: the living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, etc. Continue Reading