11 Surprisingly Good Ikea Tarva Hacks

The Ikea Tarva is one of the simplest pieces of Ikea furniture. It is bare wood and consists of a carcass and some drawers. It is begging for an Ikea hack!

If you have an Ikea Tarva set of drawers or nightstand knocking about at home and want to make it into something so much more, then read on!

There are loads of great Ikea Tarva Hacks here to help you turn your boring Tarva unit into an eye-catching piece of furniture!

Stunning Rib-Fronted Ikea Tarva Dresser Hack

This incredible Ikea Tarva hack from Hunker uses thin strips of wood, arranged in a chevron to create a textured front to the dresser.

It is a stunning transformation from the very plain Tarva unit. The whole thing (apart from the beautiful stained legs) is painted white and the ribs create a shadow effect that adds so much to the look.

The minimal brass handles are an excellent touch!

Elegant White and Gold Tarva Dresser Hack

We love the simplicity of this Tarva hack from Sarah Sherman Samuel. They have simply painted it white, added some gold knobs and painted the legs gold to match.

They have thought about the height of the unit and chopped the legs down slightly. It’s all about creating the perfect look for your space!

A few simple accessories to match on top and it’s a stunning dresser!

Rustic Stained Tarva Nightstand

Such a simple Ikea Tarva hack from Sammy on State. They have just stained the Tarva nightstand and lovely dark oak and added a gorgeous antique cup handle.

The Tarva nightstand is such a cheap piece of furniture and this just turns it into something so much more!

Two-Tone Tall Tarva Dresser

Two-tone or the ‘dipped’ look is such an impactful way to make your furniture stand out.

This amazing hack from A Cup of Life uses the Ikea Tarva to create a lovely example of this.

White paint and wood work so well together and the dark stain they have used for the wood part is ideal.

Ikea Tarva Dresser with Fretwork Front Panels

The fretwork on the front of this Tarva dresser hack from Erin Spain is fantastic!

You can find products like this at various places, and they simply stick to the front of the drawers.

The white panels work so well against the grey painted dresser and the use of tapered legs instead of the blocky ones the Tarva comes with is great.

Mid-Century Modern Chunky Handles Hack

We love the transformation achieved with this Tarva hack from Ikeahackers. They have taken inspiration from a West Elm dresser, which is a great way to go about Ikea hacking!

The chunky handles they have added to the Tarva are very mid-century modern and really transform the look into something far more expensive!

It just needs a wax or varnish finish to really bring out the wood grain.

Mid-Century Tarva Side table or Nightstand

Another mid-century effect created here by Dream Green DIY on an Ikea Tarva Nightstand.

We love the combination of the dark paint and the wooden ribs on the front of the drawer. It looks like a completely different piece of furniture.

Such a stunning way to upgrade something very cheaply!

Chevron Paint Effect Tarva Hack

This stunning chevron effect is a wonderful way to decorate a piece of furniture!

The creators at Style Squeeze have used a two-layer effect on this Ikea Tarva dresser to make this stand-out piece.

It’s just a case of clever use of masking tape! We also love the brass knobs to finish it off!

Gorgeous Upgraded Tarva Changing Table Hack

A good parenting hack is always appreciated here at Hacksaholic and this Tarva changing table hack from Mon Bebe Cheri is brilliant!

It is a very simple treatment, with stained wood top and bottom and pastel blue painted middle!

The leather pull handles are a lovely soft finish to the whole thing.

Ikea Tarva Apothecary Cabinet Hack

This is probably the most transformative look of all these Ikea Tarva hacks. Home Talk have created an amazing apothecary cabinet from a Tarva Dresser.

The Tarva unit gives the perfect base to make this cabinet and all the finishing has been done so well.

The details include antique effect label pulls and a distressed paint effect.

Gold Inlay Effect Tarva Dresser

We love a bit of gold inlay effect and this stunning Tarva dresser hack from Kristi Murphy is right up our street!

The gold inlay effect is achieved by simply applying gold tape in a random geometric pattern to the front of the drawers.

The bonus is the lovely hairpin legs on the bottom!

Ikea may have strangely stopped producing the Tarva dressers, but I’m sure there are plenty of you out there that still have one knocking about.

Now you have no excuses to get stuck in and create something stunning with it!

Have fun and let us know how you get on!