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Turn IKEA products into fabulous outdoor decor

For college students and first-time homebuyers, IKEA’s nicely-designed, easy-to-assemble, affordable modern furniture are a blessing. But there’s more to most of the products than meets the eye. Here are 10 great IKEA hacks for your garden or outdoor space.

 

Start simple by turning a GEMAK colander into a bright and cheery planter.

It's so easy to turn an old, unwanted colander into a bright and cheery planter. (Photo Credit: Creative Savings)

(Photo Credit: Creative Savings)

 

Once you’re feeling confident, try a more advanced project like hacking two ÄPPLARÖ benches into an excellent potting table.

Two Äpplarö benches are hacked into an excellent potting bench. (Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

(Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

 

This hack gives these BIGARRÅ plant pots a lift by adding tapered pedestal legs.

Upscale these Bigarrå plant pots with an easy DIY pedestal. (Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth)

(Photo Credit: Sugar and Cloth)

 

Use commonly available components from IKEA to make this indoor aquaponics system.

Use commonly available components from IKEA to make an indoor aquaponics system. (Photo Credit: Instructables)

(Photo Credit: Instructables)

 

A TARVA three-drawer chest becomes a fantastic home for a cooler for the balcony.

A Tarva three-drawer chest becomes a fantastic home for a cooler for the balcony. (Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

(Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

 

Glue two KARDEMUMMA planters together to make this unique, tall outdoor planter.

Glue two Kardemumma planters together for a unique, tall outdoor planter. (Photo Credit: Brady Bunch Remodel)

(Photo Credit: Brady Bunch Remodel)

 

In this hack, the top of a LACK side table becomes a vertical succulent garden.

In this hack, the top of a Lack side table becomes a vertical succulent garden. (Photo Credit: Craftberry Bush)

(Photo Credit: Craftberry Bush)

 

Filled with easy-to-mix concrete, the MELODI lamp shade makes an attractive mold for an umbrella stand.

Filled with easy-to-mix concrete, the Melodi lamp shade makes an attractive mold for an umbrella stand. (Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

(Photo Credit: IKEA hackers)

 

A STUGVIK suction cup towel rack makes a perfect window garden.

A Stugvik suction cup towel rack makes a perfect window garden. (Photo Credit: Instructables)

(Photo Credit: Instructables)

 

A propane cooktop and a freestanding kitchen island, like GROLAND, makes a perfect outdoor BBQ table!

A propane cooktop and a Varde sink unit makes a perfect outdoor BBQ table! (Photo Credit: Ikea Hackers)

(Photo Credit: Ikea Hackers)

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