Looking for a functional and cheap piece of furniture, but can't stand the idea of turning your home into an IKEA showroom? A smattering of smart companies provide fun upgrades for the frugal furniture. Bemz
offer affordable and cherry covers for IKEA's upholstered goods. PANYL
offers precut decals that mimic finer woods (including options that cleverly knock of a more expensive West Elm option) or lacquer treatments (like PANYL's inserts for IKEA's LATT table and chair
in Sunburst orange, $34, pictured). And finally O’verlays
offers tack-on wood detailing and faux inlays to turn your particleboard precious.
Still not inspired? Check out the site IkeaHackers.net
for even more clever, low-cost ideas.