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The Easiest IKEA Poang Chair Hack

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If you’re a regular Kate Decorates reader, then you may have caught my recent post all about my daughter’s bright, rainbow-hued bedroom makeover. It’s chock full of fun, happy colors, and I am so excited that my number one client is pretty darn thrilled with her new space, as evidenced by this photo:

If you missed the details about her room refresh, you can read all about it right over here!

Anyway, one thing I wanted to do as part of her bedroom makeover is get her a new chair for lounging and reading. I was considering buying a chair similar to this, but wasn’t all that excited about the price tag. I splurged on new blackout curtains and new bedding, plus the cost of all the artwork above her bed started adding up faster than I’d hoped (story of my life!). So I decided that I needed to be thrifty when it came to new seating.

Lucky for me, someone in my neighborhood was selling an IKEA Poang chair. As soon as I saw it posted in our Facebook community group, I jumped on it. When I purchased it, the chair had a birch frame and a fire engine red cushion. Not exactly what I had in mind, but the bones of the chair were great and totally what I needed for a quick and easy DIY project.

Guys, this is the easiest DIY / IKEA hack ever! Take a look at how the chair makeover turned out:

ikea poang chair

Even if you don’t consider yourself a DIY-er, YOU CAN DO THIS. Trust me….I’m no DIY guru, either. In fact, I own zero power tools and frankly am scared of big projects. Surprising, right?! Well, it’s true.

Anyway, here’s how you can turn a blah IKEA Poang chair into a piece of furniture that’s fresh and fabulous.

The secret ingredient? A custom IKEA Poang chair slipcover from this amazing Etsy shop.

  • An IKEA Poang chair (I mean…..obviously.)
  • Paint (I used Amy Howard at Home’s one-step paint in Drama Queen — you can order it through her website or pick it up at your local Ace Hardware)
  • Paintbrush (I have a set of these, but any bristled brush will do)
  • An IKEA Poang chair slipcover in the fabric of your choice from this Etsy shop

How to Paint Your IKEA Poang Chair

  1. Remove the old cushion and cover from your IKEA Poang chair.
  2. Wipe down the chair frame with a wet paper towel to remove dust and debris. Let dry.
  3. Using your Amy Howard at Home paint, give the chair frame a thin coat of paint. Let dry.
  4. Repeat step 3.
  5. Add your new cushion and cover to your chair.
  6. Step back and admire your stylish new spot to curl up with a good book!

Here are a couple of in-progress photos….

amy howard chalk paint

amy howard chalk paint

ikea poang chair

It’s amazing what you can do with a little bit of paint and an awesome find from Etsy, isn’t it?!

By the way, if you want more easy IKEA hacks, be sure to check out the following posts:

IKEA Kallax Cushion DIY Project

IKEA Henriksdal Hack Makes Your Affordable DIning Chairs Look Custom

What other IKEA pieces have you hacked and loved? Tell me in the comments!

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Friday 14th of June 2019

Kate, how has this chair held up? I am considering purchasing a couple Poang chairs, but concerned about paint cracking since the chair bends. Thank you! Wendy


Friday 14th of June 2019

Hi Wendy! Thanks for stopping by. The Amy Howard paint on my daughter's chair has held up perfectly. That said, my 7-year old sits in this chair once or twice a week to read, and doesn't really bounce/rock in it. But it still looks just as good as the day I completed the project. Good luck with your DIY-ing! If you end up painting your Poang chairs, let me know how the project goes.


Saturday 17th of February 2018

I bet that’s one of her favorite spots in the house


Monday 19th of February 2018

It really is! And of course her little brother loves it too. That chair cover really makes the piece -- it is SO cozy!

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