People show how they have customised their IKEA furniture to create amazing items

Crafty social media users have shown how they transformed basic IKEA furniture into beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces. 

DIY whizzes from around the world shared pictures of their designs online and the best examples were collated in a Bored Panda gallery. 

With just a few smart tweaks and a coat of paint, they turned the basic flat-pack desks, beds and bookshelves into colourful items full of personality.

One man turned a simple bunk bed into a princess castle for his daughter. Another took a white shoe filing cabinet and painted it green, changed the door handles and counter top for a completely different look. 

Scroll down for more examples on how you can customise your IKEA furniture.  

The IKEA Hemnes Dresser in white
The same dresser aft4er its owner sanded the top, painted it green and changed its handles
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IKEA's Vittsjo Laptop Desk, with glass top and black legs
The desk turned into a bar with planks of wood placed on its top and between its legs
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Working hard… or hardly working? The £29 VITTSJO glass-topped laptop table becomes a trendy industrial-style bar with the addition of a wood shelf and a stained wood top 

An IKEA Kura bunk bed before the transformation
The bed after the handy dad turned it into a castle
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Every girl’s dream: The £129 KURA bed, which can be used as a bunk bed or a regular single, forms the base of this stunning princess castle bunk bed for one crafty user’s little girl. A plastic dome over the mattress create a cubby and a playhouse is added underneath

The IKEA Vittsjö Coffee Table
The same tavble, with a marble contact paper on top and gold paint
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Simple yet effective: This classic Ikea design, which is no longer available, is given a quick update with a faux marble top and a coat of gold spray paint that elevates the white base 

IKEA's Malm bed in dark wood
The same bed after it was given a rustic makeover with planks of white wood
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Farmhouse favourite: This £129 dark wood MALM bedframe becomes a rustic retreat worthy of any high-end hope thanks to new slats of wood on the base and headboard, painted white 

An IKEA card file unit before the transformation
The unit after it was painted in a darker shade of woods, with name tags added at the front
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Plenty of character: This bland wood IKEA card file unit was styled to look more old-fashioned with its beautiful brass name tags and dark wood effect, thought to be achieved with a stain

A single shelving unit from IKEA by itself
The same unit combined with another one to create a bedside table
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Twice as nice! This creative homeowner came up with a clever design for a floating shelf by combining two MOSSLANDA picture ledges, which cost £5 each. The bottom shelf is placed the right way up and the other upside down, with some lights added for ambiance

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Whimsical: In another show of how versatile the £129 KURA bed is, a creative homeowner  made a sunken retreat perfect for a child’s bedroom and complete with decorative flags

The well-known Kallax shelving unit from IKEA
Yhe Kallax unit filled with drawers snd colourful door handles
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Stacking simplicity: The KALLAX white shelving unit, £25 for a standard four-block, pictured, is transformed into a statement sidetable. The owner disguised the Ikea table by adding a mixture of doors and shelves to the blocks and left some empty for effect. To complete the look, he or she added a wooden top and side, as well as eye-catching knobs 

The Ivar Cabinet before it was altered
The cabinet now, combined with shelves to create a bar
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A drinker’s delight! This £45 Ivar cabinet (left) becomes the perfect home bar thanks to the addition of legs, new handlles and attached shelves. A dark wood stain adds sophistication 

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