Quick flatpack furniture hacks to make your home unique

The humble flatpack can trace its origins to 1956. It was developed when a catalogue manager had to remove the legs from a table in order to transport it to a photo shoot. It has become increasingly popular over the years. This space conscious and affordable solution means people can bring their furniture home instead of waiting for it to be delivered. It has changed the way in which many choose to buy furniture. 

With clear instructions, patience and a trusty Allen key you can put together most flatpacks relatively quickly. These sturdy pieces of furniture can, however, look a little utilitarian and basic. If you have been wondering how to make them look a little more unique then read on. Here, we look at just some of the flatpack furniture hacks you could use. 

Furniture legs

They may not be something that you think people will notice, but really, they do. The legs that come as standard with many flatpacks are functional rather than having a more design inspired aesthetic. Fortunately, this is something that can easily be changed. Swap wooden legs for something with a metallic finish, which will add a touch of luxury to your furniture. 

Add a coat of paint 

There is no rule that says you have to leave your flatpack furniture the colour it is when you buy it. There are some great products on the market that make changing the colour of your furniture really easy. Different types of paint and painting techniques can really help you to make a completely unique piece of furniture. So too can vinyl wraps.

Using a stencil to create something completely different is also a great idea and can work really well if you combine it with new handles that match the design. 


Some flat packs are designed to be very sleek on the front with no handles. Others that do have handles will usually have something very plain and functional. By changing the handles or adding handles you can make your furniture stand out and look much more expensive. 

Change the tops

Another relatively simple change that you can make to your flatpacks that will offer you a huge impact is to change the tops. Choose something that contrasts to the rest of the piece of furniture to make it a real focal point in your room. 

Contrasting colours

When it your kitchen you can really take the design up a notch with your flatpack furniture. Simply opt for contrasting colours. Once you have your basic units in place, go for contrasting finishes like black and white to offer a really striking contrast and a more opulent feeling to your room. 

Change the doors

If your flatpack has solid doors with panels and you would prefer something with a little more texture,then carefully cut out the panels. You can then add something like rattan or lattice to the back. Once the doors are closed you will have a completely different aesthetic.

With a little imagination, little budget and the flatpack furniture hacks we’ve mentioned, you can really make your home stand out.

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