While the TRONES shoe cabinet is seen as the multi-functional versatile one, the IKEA HEMNES shoe cabinet is the cream of IKEA shoe storage.
The HEMNES features a more traditional design and is made from renewable wood or pine. If you want a cabinet that lasts, the HEMNES is it.
And it comes in 2 or 4 compartments and a variety of finishes. My personal favourite is the solid pine version in the dark grey stain.
HEMNES shoe cabinet with 4 compartments | IKEA.com
However, we still can’t run away from wanting to personalise it to suit our homes despite it’s classic good looks.
Let’s take a look at …
7 ways to upgrade and customise the IKEA HEMNES shoe cabinet:
#1 Embellish with a wood top
Andrijana, from Belgrade, Serbia, replaced the top of the cabinet with a walnut wood plank. And added new knobs from Zara home (which is also wood with gold details). And it looks just right for the entrance when paired with the STOCKHOLM mirror.
Another beautiful one in the same setup but with leather pulls instead of knobs. See the tutorial.
Credit: Lavender Julep
#2 Up the glam factor
#3 Give it a lick of paint
Paint! It does wonders. Ayisha painted the doors in grey solid ombre effect. Suits her cute dining room to a tee. See her paint tutorial here.
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Kaila also took the paint route, covering her old black-brown HEMNES with a rich Midnight Blue. She used Behr’s Paint and Primer in one, so saved a step in the paint process. Finished with gold knobs and marble contact paper on the top panel. Love the spray painted gold feet!
Credit: Randolph and Roses
#4 Get ornamental
Jonna glued wooden onlay ornaments onto the cabinet front. Then finished with chalk paint and wax. And voilà! A one-of-a-kind shoe cabinet. See the tutorial here.
#5 Go for texture
Melonie bought a pre-loved white HEMNES, which unfortunately came with that old yellowed look. Using stencils and acrylic paint, she added a dark, subtle texture to the shoe cabinet. Oh, so classy. See her tutorial here.
#6 Make it a double
You can also double it up, back to back. Like so, replacing the top and sealing the sides with wood planks. Lovely as a short room divider too. See the double sided HEMNES shoe cabinet here.
#7 Build it in
Recessed into the wall, with legs trimmed and the top replaced with a curved panel. Isn’t that neat? See it here.
What’s your favourite way to personalise the IKEA HEMNES shoe cabinet? Tell us in the comments below.