The Stuff of Life: Stylish Improvisations With IKEA Furniture

By Sally Schneider

Somehow, several pieces of cheap furniture look more expensive than oneā€”and other tips

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Every morning we scroll through A LOT of blogs looking for delicious/interesting/useful ideas and improvisations. Lately, we spotted some IKEA pieces buried in features about stylish interiors. Our view of IKEA is that when it's great, it's really great, like the Alto-esque stacking stools they used to sell for $12 and the geometric rug, above, that we blogged a while back. And then there is IKEA that becomes great when used cleverly...

Take this very basic Ikea PS metal cabinet for $99, for example...

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...two placed side-by-side with bookshelves above to become a moderne wall unit...

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...and this Alex flat file-ish drawer unit for $199.

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Interesting how multiples seem to make these pieces look more expensive.

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One of my favorites is the giant storage wall made with white IKEA kitchen cabinets of different widths created by Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan (check out Dwell's slideshow here):

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...those same plain white cabinets can be lined up and affixed to the wall to make a floating credenza:

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This post also appears at The Improvised Life.

Images: Via Emma's Design Blog

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This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/03/the-stuff-of-life-stylish-improvisations-with-ikea-furniture/72211/