DIY Ikea Drawers: How To Make Easy Rattan Drawers

This is a super easy DIY Ikea hack for making any Ikea drawers, doors, or chests into rattan drawers…

photo of rattan chests of drawers

I was browsing through Pinterest the other day when I fell in love with this super expensive dresser with rattan drawers. 

Being the DIY lover that I am, I immediately decided to recreate the look on a budget like we did with our DIY Ikea TV unit!

I was going to opt for a white Ikea dresser for a very similar look, but I stumbled on a 9-drawer dresser that would be super functional for household organizing, too. 

Next, I got to work on assembling the look for less…

DIY ikea hack chest of drawers

 

pink throw blanket coming from a rattan drawer

grasscloth drawer fronts

Materials Needed To Make DIY Rattan Ikea Drawers 

The beauty of this easy how-to is that you can make a ton of customized drawers with very few materials. 

All you need to have on hand is —

Grasscloth wallpaper

Xacto knife

Rotary cutter

Cutting mat

Titebond glue and brush for spreading

Ikea Drawers or chest of drawers of your choice — We used the Bryggja.

Gold spray paint — Optional for painting the handles gold

close of up of DIY ikea drawer fronts

a drawer front laying on top of grasscloth wallpaper

How To Make DIY Rattan Ikea Drawers 

When you’re assembling your Ikea dresser or chest of drawers, be sure to leave the drawer fronts off so that it’s easier to attach the grasscloth. 

Lay the grasscloth on your cutting mat and cut a piece that’s the general size of your drawer or door. 

photo of titebond glue and a drawer front

Making sure that the front of the drawer is facing up, use a foam brush to spread Titebond glue across the front. 

Be careful not to make the edges of the glue too thick or it will overflow once you press the wallpaper to the front. 

photo of a drawer front on a cutting board

Place the grasscloth face down on your mat and then place the glue side of the drawer on top of the back of the grasscloth and press firmly. 

If you have any excess glue on the edges of the drawer, quickly wipe it away. 

You’ll notice that there is an excess of grasscloth all the way around the drawer front, which is good! Once the glue dries, we’ll be cutting the excess away.

using a rotary cutter on a cutting board with drawers

Leave the drawer front on top of the glued grasscloth for about 15 minutes to make sure the glue is adhering well. 

Once the glue has set, use the rotary cutter to trim away the excess grasscloth all the way around the drawer front. 

grasscloth wallpaper and am xacto knife

You can feel for the hole in the center of the drawer where the knob will go by running your finger over the center. 

Once you know the hole placement, make a small “X” with your Xacto knife. 

Installing your draw handles:

Using the hardware that came with your choice of knobs (or in our case, that came with the dresser), attach each knob to the drawer fronts. 

You can use a custom handle or pull as well, it’s totally up to you. Now all you have to do is style your Ikea dresser and you’re all set!

cat in front of ikea drawers

styled ikea drawers in a living room

Dressers To Use For Easy DIY Rattan Drawers

The sky is the limit when it comes to this tutorial! You can really apply it to just about any door, drawer, or cabinet that you can think of. Trust me, I’ve tried. Ha!

Here are a few of my Ikea dresser choices that are budget-friendly options —

  • BRYGGJA series
  • Kallax doors
  • Malm drawer
  • Alex cabinets
  • Hemnes series

styled rattan DIY ikea hack drawers

photo of grasscloth wallpaper drawers

photo of rattan chests of drawers photo of titebond glue and a finished diy rattan drawer dresser

More Easy Ikea Hacks

If you’ve been around a while, then you already know that I’m no stranger to Ikea hacks!

I love a good weekend project that’s budget-friendly and packs a big punch. Here are a few of my other favorites —

How To Make DIY Ikea Drawers with Rattan Drawer Fronts

photo of grasscloth wallpaper drawers
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DIY Ikea Drawers: How to Make Easy Rattan Drawers

The rattan drawers trend is all the rage right now, and we created an easy hack for DIY Ikea drawers to get the look for less!
Total Time1 hr
Course: DIY
Cuisine: Home Decor
Keyword: ashley rose, budget, diy, dresser, ikea drawers, ikea dresser, ikea hack, mercer, rattan, rattan drawers, serena and lily, sugar and cloth
Servings: 1 dresser drawers
Cost: $350

Equipment

  •  Xacto knife
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat

Ingredients

Instructions

  • When you're assembling your Ikea dresser or chest of drawers, be sure to leave the drawer fronts off so that it's easier to attach the grasscloth. 
  • Lay the grasscloth on your cutting mat and cut a piece that's the general size of your drawer or door. 
  • Making sure that the front of the drawer is facing up, use a foam brush to spread Titebond glue across the front. 
  • Be careful not to make the edges of the glue too thick or it will overflow once you press the wallpaper to the front. 
  • Place the grasscloth face down on your mat and then place the glue side of the drawer on top of the back of the grasscloth and press firmly. If you have any excess glue on the edges of the drawer, quickly wipe it away. 
  • You'll notice that there is an excess of grasscloth all the way around the drawer front, which is good! Once the glue dries, we'll be cutting the excess away.
  • Leave the drawer front on top of the glued grasscloth for about 15 minutes to make sure the glue is adhering well. Once the glue has set, use the rotary cutter to trim away the excess grasscloth all the way around the drawer front.
  • You can feel for the hole in the center of the drawer where the knob will go by running your finger over the center. Once you know the hole placement, make a small "X" with your Xacto knife. 
  • Using the hardware that came with your choice of knobs (or in our case, that came with the dresser), attach each knob to the drawer fronts. You can use a custom handle or pull as well, it's totally up to you. Now all you have to do is style your Ikea dresser and you're all set!

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  1. Found you after a vicious search for TV console hacks and I’m so excited to try yours! And your printable DIY recipe cards are genius! I’ve never seen that for a non-food item before and I’m a foodie + DIY’er Ü Thanks so much for sharing!

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