Craft show vendors can find many useful and inexpensive items at IKEA to use in their displays. Whether you are a newer craft booth vendor or a seasoned pro, we bet you haven’t seen some of these clever uses for Swedish furniture and accessories. Take a look at these IKEA hacks for your craft show setup to sell art prints, jewelry, pottery, clothing, home décor, and more!
1. FJÄLKINGE shelf units + KALLAX wire baskets
Kristen and Lindsey Archer of ARCHd have added height to their craft show display booth with these adjustable white metal shelf units from IKEA. You can buy extra shelves to add to the four that are included with the base unit. These are lightweight and can be changed up depending on what you are selling at each show! Slide on gold wire baskets for under-shelf storage—great for photos and art prints.
Photo by Meghan Makes Do
2. SKADIS pegboards + SKADIS hooks or letter holders
This smart and simple display from Meghan Makes Do utilizes IKEA’s popular pegboards, which are available in 3 sizes, for vertical displays. Hang the pegboards in a craft show tent using s-hooks or twine. Hooks can be added for hanging hats or handmade zipper pouches. The letter holder baskets can store greeting cards vertically.
Photo by Mags & Gilly Handmade
3. IVAR side units become a folding screen
Looking for display options for necklaces at craft shows? This IKEA IVAR side unit (pick up at least 4 at $12 each) was transformed into a folding screen with some simple hinges! (Get the tutorial at IKEA Hackers.) String on some jute for texture or add some white screening to hang your craft show items for display.
Photo by IKEA Hackers
4. KOMPLEMENT shelves become an A-frame display board
This clever A-frame jewelry display would also work for purses, winter hats, keychains, and more. The designer used inexpensive KOMPLEMENT shelves from IKEA and drilled holes to hang 25MM square hooks. Paint it with chalkboard paint to get an entirely different look! Get the tutorial for this jewelry display board at IKEA Hackers.
Photo by Tall Skinny Pine
5. HEJNE display unit + hooks
For craft fair booths that need lots of hanging storage, this smart and simple hack of the HEJNE wooden shelving unit works wonderfully. Add hooks under the shelves to hang purses and wallets like the folks at Tall Skinny Pine. Buy a few extra HEJNE posts and your own wood to customize your own corner shelf.
Photo by Chelsea LaVere Barton, Something Turquoise
6. KNAGGLIG Box + paint + custom decals
A simple wood craft can become something special with a little wood stain and custom vinyl decals! Retired wedding photographer Chelsea shares the tutorial and cut files for this blanket box at Something Turquoise. A craft booth selling quilts, afghans, or winter wear could easily snag this idea. Or, why not customize a crate with your own business? (Tip: You can also turn the crates on their side for easy pottery storage like zozostudioco.)
Photo by sarahbear621
7. VARIERA flatware tray for upright items
IKEA’s VARIERA bamboo silverware trays can be used in an unexpected way. Look how beautiful they look when used to display Sara’s wallets and zipper pouches? We love how visitors can flip through small handmade items more easily when they are displayed upright. Find more of her work at Sew & Tell Handmade.
Photo by IKEA Hackers
8. Picture Frame + plastic canvas
This TOLSBY frame hack from IKEA Hackers offers a simple and inexpensive way to display earrings at a craft show booth. Just cut plastic cross-stitch canvas to size, and these stands are ready to work for you. Note: The TOLSBY frame is no longer available at IKEA’s website, but we’d love to see what crafters can do with plastic canvas and the 99 cent FIESTAD frame. Or perhaps you’d like to see what a larger picture frame would look like with window screen as an insert.
Photo by destashio
9. MULIG hanging clothes rack
IKEA’s MULIG clothing rack works great for hanging craft vendor displays. This crafter at destashio used chandelier chain, s-hooks, and gutter screens to hang everything from wooden signs to wallets and framed art. When disassembled, this rack takes up very little room to transport! Check out more of their display hacks at destashio.
10. KOMPLEMENT insert for pull-out trays
With a layer of soft felt and lots of individual compartments, this KOMPLEMENT tray insert from IKEA is ideal for an elegant display of rings, earrings, necklaces, watches, and more, as you can see from ana.wohnen on Instagram. And best of all, you can just stack up your display and go, with no need to reorganize them for every show. And remember: When you give your guests a luxurious display, it can be easier to command higher price points for your items.
We hope you enjoyed these 10 IKEA hacks for your next craft show display! Make sure to check out these IKEA HACKS for craft rooms, to help you keep your supplies organized so you can create in a peaceful environment.
Lindsay is a modern quilter, writer, and editor. A multi-book author with C&T Publishing, she is an ambassador for Baby Lock sewing machines and is an editor for Frommer’s Travel Guides. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, son, and two cats, who were the inspiration for her adult coloring book and Kickstarter “Project of the Day” Lazy-Ass Cats. www.lindsaysews.com