It's easy to have a love-hate relationship with Ikea. The prices are ideal for outfitting lil ones' rooms with practical, stylish furniture, but with that low price moms often have to sacrifice color and design. Sure, you can paint the stark white pieces, but with all of the wear and tear kids put their rooms through, it's only a matter of time before the paint starts chipping and the white under-layer is showing.That's where MyKea comes in. The Dutch design company has identified the most popular Ikea furniture items and created removable, graphic vinyl prints (ranging from $42 to $65) that can be applied directly to the furniture. With a slew of kid-friendly designs — think the Little Mister and Little Miss characters, SpongeBob, and some fun original creations including DJ equipment, aliens, and numerals — kids' rooms can quickly be transformed to show off lil ones' personalities.
Although Ikea does a terrific job creating stylish, affordable furniture, the pieces start to lose their luster when you realize that everyone and their mom owns a "MALM." Thanks to a new retailer, Mykea, you can dress your bare bones Ikea furniture pieces to impress. The company sells "design covers," a cross between wallpaper and decals, specially sized to fit Ikea's most popular furniture pieces, like the Billy Bookcase, the Expedit Coffee Table, etc. You can choose from a wide selection of designs by various artists or you can actually submit your own designs and make a 10 percent commission off of the sales of your work. Pretty fab, huh? The only downfall is that Mykea only ships to select countries in Europe — hopefully they'll cross the pond one day soon.
Looking for more ways to personalize your Ikea furniture? Check out Bemz, which makes slipcovers specifically for the Swedish stuff.