Earlier this year, IKEA opened a store in Exeter and after visiting last month I can confirm that it is a lovely store. I fully intend to be a regular IKEA visitor having waited decades to have a store open up here in Devon. I’ve always been a big fan of the Swedish superstore and I think it is a really great place to source affordable homewares. Despite the negative comments from some people that the store sells cheap, poor quality goods that often end up in landfill, I have not had this experience with IKEA. In fact, I have a number of pieces of furniture and lighting at home that I have had since my uni days. They have moved with me seven or eight times and are still going strong, so for me they have been a really worthwhile investment.
However, the one aspect that I don’t really like about shopping in IKEA is the feeling that you have the same furniture as half the country. I don’t so much mind with the smaller pieces, but when it comes to the larger items of furniture it can be quite obvious where you shop. For many people, price is obviously the deciding factor, as IKEA is so much more affordable than many of its rivals. But it’s always nice to have something unique at home. And that’s why I really like the fact that you can hack IKEA furniture.
For many, many years, consumers have taken it upon themselves to make changes to IKEA’s staple pieces to make them more their own and slightly less recognisable. It’s really amazing what some people are able to create. However, there are now a number of companies cropping up who offer product ranges that allow you to hack IKEA furniture. I’ve previously written about Pretty Pegs and Superfront. But the latest company to come onto my radar is Norse Interiors.
Founded by Lotta Lundas, who is originally from Sweden, Norse Interiors offers custom-made replacement pieces to hack IKEA furniture and turn it into bespoke works of art. Lotta wants to enable customers to design one-of-a-kind furniture. With her patterns, finishes, and accessories, they can make 1000+ unique cabinets and TV stands using IKEA’s Besta cabinet as a base. This allows you to upgrade your Besta with new doors, top panels, side panels, legs, knobs, and pulls to create something truly bespoke.
The patterns make a real statement and span from refined and elegant to more playful. The colour palette currently consists of seven beautiful semi-sheen colors sdo you’re bound to find something to suit your tastes and your interior decor.
Sadly, Norse Interiors currently only ship within the US and to Canada, so those of us in Europe are left drooling over these beautiful designs from afar. With any luck they will start shipping to Europe in the future. Fingers crossed.