IKEA Tarva hacks – 10 beautiful bespoke storage solutions


IKEA Tarva hacks take a plain-looking pine chest of drawers and give it a designer flare for an upscale look on a budget. Instagram is full of inspiring IKEA hacks, from interior influencers to high-end designers, and Tarva’s stylish overhauls are no exception.

The IKEA Tarva comes in three, five and six drawer options, meaning you can create unique pieces with a high-end aesthetic to add bespoke vigor to any room. IKEA even encourages you to add your own style stamp, writing, “It’s beautiful as is or you can stain, paint or wax it however you like to create a custom chest of drawers.” So we’ve rounded up all of our favorite looks to inspire you to recycle your flat-pack bargains…

Stylish IKEA Tarva tricks to try this weekend

From cute nursery dressers to quirky bedside tables, check out these high-end IKEA Tarva hacks for a stylish and affordable addition to your interiors…

1. Opt for trendy terracotta and grooves

Ikea Tarva hack fluted terracotta chest of drawers

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Unless you’ve been living under that proverbial rock lately, you’ll have noticed that fluting is a huge interior design trend for 2022. We love how this IKEA Tarva hack also combines those vertical panels with a fashionable terracotta shade.

Emma from @heartsandhomecoexplains, “I started with an unfinished IKEA Tarva chest of drawers and pegs from the dollar store.

‘I cut all the dowels to fit the drawer fronts and glued them with gorilla glue. Once I glued all the dowels in, I quickly sanded everything down and then it was ready for painting. I gave it a coat of primer and then two coats of Benjamin Moore Bed and Breakfast paint.

2. Go geometry for a funky take on a regular IKEA Tarva

Ikea tarva hack gray and white geometric drawers

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This six-drawer IKEA Tarva hack sees the pine base unit transformed into an upgraded geometric statement piece, which works beautifully against a white wall. The textured surface adds visual intrigue to the look and the colors are ideal for a Scandi design scheme.

“For this project, I replaced the legs with mid-century modern style legs, painted the entire dresser gray, added overlays to the drawer fronts, and added new hardware,” says Erin, of @erinspainblog.

“In order to add the new hardware, I patched the existing hardware holes before painting and cut a thin little slot in the top of each drawer with my router so I could add those brass pulls.”

3. Paint it white for a fresh and bright makeover

Ikea Tarva hack white chest of drawers with half moon handles for nursery

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Got a little or a bunch on the way? This IKEA Tarva hack definitely falls into the category of chic and affordable nursery ideas.

“I started by filling the holes where the original handles were with wood putty, then I lightly sanded the drawers,” says Ashleigh, of @building_our_grove. ‘I applied three coats of Dulux wash and wear in Vivid White to achieve even coverage.

‘I used a small brush for the more intricate parts, like the edge of the drawers and the edge near the legs, otherwise I used a small roller for the larger parts.

I then ended up with the half-moon handles called IKEA’s Begripa.

Paired with a vintage-style rug, trailing plants, warm wood, and rattan accessories, this is a space parents and baby will be happy in.

4. Use Paintable Wallpaper for a Truly Unique Dresser

Ikea Tarva hack green printed drawers with brass handles

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The beautiful thing about Instagram is the ability to get design-driven inspiration at your fingertips.

Anne @champagne.chaos did just that for their clever IKEA Tarva hack which makes it one of the most outstanding IKEA dresser hacks we’ve seen.

She says: “I saw Drew @lonefoxhome use paintable wallpaper on his IKEA Tarva chest of drawers and loved the look!”

‘Since we had two IKEA Tarva chests of drawers in our bedroom, I used this same wallpaper to transform the space. I applied the wallpaper with mod podge. I then cut out each drawer face with pine trim.

BEHR Marquis Cypress Vine Green paint was the perfect color to top it all off. For the prints I cut copper pipes and used “rub n buff” to make them gold. They rolled up nicely into the leather handles I had in place. That was it.’

5. Choose a designer look with matte black for a modern bedside table

Ikea Tarva hack black fluted bedside table by Jenna Sue Design

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Darkroom ideas are the quickest route to a contemporary, edgy feel. Furniture in need of a refresh? Painting it black is an elegant and foolproof option.

Jenna, from @jennasuedesigncomments: “For this IKEA Tarva hack, I used fluted moldings and cut them into pieces to match the height of the drawer (30 in total).

“I carefully lined them up on the drawer, glued and clamped each piece in place overnight.

‘Once dry, I caulked the seams between each piece. The dresser has been sanded and painted with black chalk paint and sealed with satin varnish. Gold hardware has been added and the dresser legs have been removed to convert it into a nightstand.

See Exactly How This IKEA Tarva Hack Was Done here.

6. Think pink for a cute kid’s room IKEA Tarva hack

IKEA Tarva hack pink and gold chest of drawers for kids room

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Girls’ bedroom ideas don’t get much prettier than this IKEA Tarva hack, where pink and gold make the perfect bedmates.

Speaking of the look she created, Arin, from www.arinsolangeathome.comsaid, “So when we found out we were having a girl, I didn’t have many ideas about her room, BUT I knew I wanted white walls and a pink dresser.

‘I bought Siri’s legs at Nice ankles for a Nordic look, used Minwax Polycrylic in Glidden Subtle Peach and Probrico brass handles from Amazon.’

The result is a soft, sophisticated look that any parent will love as they rock baby to sleep in this cool hanging chair. The beaded wood chandelier is also a stylish addition.

7. Create a stylish dresser for a gender-neutral nursery

IKEA Tarva hacks a gender-neutral nursery chest of drawers

(Image credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Sarah Sherman Samuel is the master of IKEA designer hacks, and this gender-neutral nursery idea is just one of her brilliant makeovers.

The six-drawer IKEA Tarva has been sanded and primed, with pre-drilled nail holes filled in to make room for the new brass drawer pulls.

It has been painted Farrow & Ball’s Theresa Green for a soft, whimsical look perfect for a nursery. And the legs have been cut to give a higher finish.

Sarah explains: “I kept the same length but cut the legs on the bias to create a sleeker profile. It’s just a small detail, but it doesn’t cost anything to do and it radically changes the look of the chest of drawers.

8. Work the biophilic trend with a dark green nightstand

IKEA Tarva hack green bedside table by eight mulberry

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Turn a small three-drawer IKEA Tarva into a chic, fluted bedside table with wooden dowels, new hardware and a lick of paint – we love this rich back-to-nature green, which isn’t just a modern and stylish bedroom idea, but also works to bring in the calming effects of the outdoors.

Keight, of @eightmulberrysays: ‘I took my daughter’s $99 IKEA Tarva chest of drawers, added rows of 6 inch Dollar Tree dowels with wood glue, then trimmed each drawer with wood trim 2 inch thin.

“The finished piece then received a full coat of Hunt Club Green spray paint and new brass drawer pulls.”

Ikea dresser hack with Tarva by Sarah Sherman Samuel

(Image credit: Sarah Sherman Samuel)

Sarah Sherman Samuel worked her magic again with this IKEA Tarva hack, which saw her take a five-drawer Tarva from ultra-plain to super-pretty with white paint and metallic trim.

“To keep the chest of drawers from taking up too much visual space, I painted most of it white,” says Sarah. “I also cut about 2” off each leg (didn’t like the proportions), then painted the base pieces with gold metallic spray paint.

‘After that I just replaced the wooden buttons with these the brass ones (in antique brass finish).’


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