The biggest benefit to buying IKEA isn't to your wallet, it's to your creativity. The fact that IKEA stocks so many affordable lines means that you can feel free to hack, adapt and remix the different pieces to suit your needs.
Rethink It: 4 Ways to Use IKEA MANDAL That's Not a Headboard
With its adjustable shelves, the IKEA Mandal headboard is already fairly adaptable, but have you thought of using it in ways other than a headboard? These folks did; perhaps it will inspire you to look at the Mandal with new eyes of possibility.