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There are several companies out there that offer solutions to customize IKEA furniture. Sadly, many of them do not ship outside of Europe, and others do not offer products in line with my taste for Scandinavian aesthetic… There is nothing wrong with my good ol’ white Besta, but the popular piece is somewhat too familiar, and it is in need of a facelift. It is time for a more high-end look on a DIY budget.
Enters Norse Interiors.
Just launched by Lotta Lundaas, a New York-based Swede, the company sells beautiful products specifically conceived for the IKEA Besta, allowing you to personalize it for a bespoke and handcrafted look in no time, without breaking the bank. You’ll find a super-stylish selection of fronts, handles, legs, sides and tops, to customize sideboards, credenzas and media consoles, at fair prices. With several patterns and timeless colours available, possibilities are virtually endless – You can mix and match, or go for a clean and minimal style. Everything is manufactured ‘made to order’ in the United States.
“I teamed up with my oldest and best friend, Sara Silfwersvard, who’s an incredibly talented furniture designer, to give our designs a Scandinavian aesthetics defined by simple lines that are easy to integrate into any kind of room,” explains Lotta. “With our components, our customers can make 1000+ different cabinets and truly be the designer of a one-of-a-kind piece. Custom furniture usually takes months to produce, and you need intimate knowledge of the design field that only seasoned experts would have. With Norse, you can find what you like online and get it delivered to your doorstep at a reasonable price.”
Lotta’s goal was to simplify the process as much as possible, so she made sure to provide all you need to know, with FAQs and a Buying Guide. Everything can be ordered and assembled in a few easy steps directly from the website. At this time, Norse Interiors ships to the United States and Canada.
Plus: I’ve noticed that with each colour’s enticing description comes the matching Benjamin Moore paint code – Simply go to your nearest hardware store to find the swatch, et voilà! No need to wait for samples or to guess how the colour will turn out in your décor.
Lotta, a DIY lover and lovingly nicknamed “the handyman of the family”, was born and raised in Northern Sweden. She lived around the world before landing in New York City five years ago. With furniture making and entrepreneurship running through her veins, she was inspired to start her own company when she volunteered to redecorate the office of a startup where she worked at the time. “I had a limited budget and, being from Sweden, I’m biased towards IKEA; so I felt like it was the natural choice. I’ve always bought a lot of IKEA furniture and remade them to make them look “less like IKEA” and more according to my personal style. That’s when I realized that this was a business opportunity: making custom replacement pieces and empowering customers to turn IKEA into high-end artisan furniture.”
The solutions proposed by Norse Interiors are great for new or ‘old’ Besta. But why not use the legs and knobs on other pieces, too?
Head over to Norseinteriors.com to view their products and how easy it is to update your IKEA furniture.
Photos: Norse Interiors
Disclaimer: This post was brought to you in collaboration with Norse Interiors. It is an online retailer that I truly love and genuinely recommend. All words are my own. My partners contribute to the growth of Nordic Design, and I thank you for supporting them.