This IKEA Henriksdal Hack Makes Your Affordable Dining Chairs Look Custom

June 12, 2017

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You guys. I am really excited to write this post. And let me tell you why, because I think you’re going to be pretty psyched, too.

I love IKEA. You love IKEA. Their furniture is well made, the prices are incredible, and their designs are pretty versatile. Their items also withstand the wear and tear that inevitably occurs when you have small children running around your home (super important!). And as my husband always reminds me, their assembly instructions are clear and easy to follow, which is the biggest upside to shopping at IKEA in his book. We have tons of IKEA items in our home, from a Kallax shelf that I hacked and turned into a bench to a Micke desk that I turned into an organized arts and crafts station for my five-year old.

One of my few complaints about IKEA, though, is their lack of fabric options for their upholstered furniture. For example, the shape of the IKEA Henriksdal Dining Chair gives it so much potential, but a solid-colored slipcover? Bor-ing.

Anyway, the same goes for the IKEA Poang chair, the IKEA Tullsta chair, and even the outdoor IKEA Arholma sofa/loveseat. I almost love IKEA’s upholstered items but the lack of good fabric choices always leaves me feeling a little less excited about my purchase.

But what if I told you that you could customize all of this IKEA furniture with affordable, gorgeous slipcovers made from designer fabrics?!

Yep. Easiest IKEA hack ever.

You guys might already know that I love Etsy (I recently shared some of my favorite Etsy shops — like this one and this one — for beautiful and affordable throw pillows) and I came across an amazing shop that sells a ton of slipcovers for IKEA chairs and IKEA furniture.

I have been pondering the purchase of new dining chairs for what feels like forever, and even though I’ve found some nice options that won’t break the bank, I am secretly pining for custom chairs. I’ve spent hours on the Ballard Designs website looking at all their options.

And the Ballard chairs and fabrics are to die for, but honestly, I simply can’t justify spending $300+ on a single dining chair, especially when there’s a chance that the chairs are going to have to endure some spills along the way. I kinda feel like that’s just asking for trouble.

If you’ve ever been faced with the same dilemma, then please, please, PLEASE go check out Rockin’ Cushions on Etsy.

ikea henriksdal hack rockin cushions etsy


I ordered four chair covers from Michelle and THEY ARE AMAZING. Seriously, I have been doing cartwheels around my house ever since they arrived. See below for a pic!

She offers budget-friendly slipcovers for the following styles of IKEA chairs and furniture:

  • IKEA Hendriksdal Dining Chair
  • IKEA Hendriksdal Bar Stool
  • IKEA Poang Chair (Adults)
  • IKEA Poang Chair (Kids)
  • IKEA Arholma Outdoor Sofa/Loveseat
  • IKEA Pello Chair
  • IKEA Skruvsta Chair
  • IKEA Nils Chair
  • IKEA Tulsta Chair

And if you don’t see a fabric you love, she also accepts custom orders.

BONUS: Michelle also offers throw pillow covers in many of her stock fabrics starting at just $12, along with rocking chair cushions.

So let’s look quickly at some of my favorites. Seriously, though, don’t these beautiful slipcovers just bring these IKEA chairs to life?! Best IKEA Henriksdal hack ever.

IKEA Henriksdal Slipcover in Waverly Candid Moment

IKEA Henriksdal Slipcover in Magnolia Home Fashions Adele Slate

IKEA Henriksdal Slipcover in Waverly Santa Maria

IKEA Henriksdal Slipcover in Premier Prints Raji Ikat Navy

And let’s look at a few of the IKEA Poang slipcover options. (Spoiler alert: I saved the best for last.)

IKEA Poang Slipcover in Premier Prints Vintage Tribal Indigo

IKEA Poang Slipcover in Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow Herringbone

IKEA Poang Slipcover in Premier Prints Bird Silhouette Beech Wood

IKEA Poang Slipcover in White Faux Fur

So, what are your thoughts on this IKEA “hack?” Is this something you would try in order to achieve a custom look for a fraction of the cost? If you don’t already own IKEA chairs, I’ve seen many of these styles on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a great price. Since you’re replacing the covers, the condition of the chairs becomes a tad less important. Worth a look!

Wow! This IKEA Hendriksdal hack totally makes your dining chairs look custom. What an awesome decorating trick!

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  1. Man! These look FAB! Great Idea Kate!

    • Thanks so much, Jewel! I wanted custom chairs so badly and this was a great shortcut to getting there. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, my friend. It was a much more affordable way for us to get the look of custom chairs. 🙂

  2. Is the stay store still open? The link wont work

    • Hi Abby, looks like the shop owner may have moved off Etsy and now sells her slipcovers through her own website. Here’s the link:

      I’ll update the post!


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