16 Brilliant Ikea Hacks for Kids

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    Play Kitchen

    Ikea Play Kitchen

    Ikea's Duktig play kitchen is a popular toy for families with young children as kids love to try to copy their parents by pretending to cook their own food. While the regular Duktig kitchen is just plain white, you can add lots of beautiful details such as a butcher block counter using contact paper, gold faucets with paint, or even lovely white subway tiles using a black marker. To further your hack, you can add under counter lights, and replace the handles to give your kitchen a modern look.

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    Rocking Sheep

    Ikea Rocking Sheep
    Sarah Sherman Samuel

    Pottery Barn has some adorable kids toys such as the rocking lamb, but you can create a rocking sheep for your child's room for less by hacking Ikea's Ekorre, a bright red rocking moose. By removing the horns of the moose to slightly change the shape of the face, giving the entire body a coat of white paint, and enhancing it with soft white artificial fur you will be able to make a sweet sheep perfect for a neutral or minimalist nursery

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    Wall Bookcase

    Ikea Wall Bookcase
    The Sweetest Digs

    Help promote your child's love of reading by keeping a variety of books on display by using Ikea's Bekvam spice racks on your walls which perfectly work to hold children's books on the shelf without them falling off because of the raised edges. With just a few spice racks painted to match the room, you can easily make the perfect reading corner for nap time.

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    Mini Lego Play Table

    Mini Lego Play Table Ikea
    The Decorated Cookie

    Craft a Lego play table that is on wheels so you can move it around from your child's room to the living room with ease. By covering the top of Ikea's Lack side table on casters with Lego base plates you son or daughter can build upon the table that is nice and low so that they can easily reach the top. Underneath there is also room for a bin to store all the extra Lego pieces to keep everything nice and organized and easy for your child to start building whatever they imagine. 

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    Magnetic Toy Cars Wall Storage

    Magnetic Toy Cars Wall Storage
    Just A Girl And Her Blog

    Instead of storing your child's toy cars in a box, keep them where your child can easily find them by hanging several Ikea's Grundtal magnetic knife racks on the wall and line the cars up on the magnetic strips. Not only will the cars also work as wall decor, but you can maximize storage space by using the flat knife racks instead of a large bin on the floor.

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    Infant Play Gym

    Wooden Play Gym
    Kaley Ann

    If you despise the bright primary colors typically found on children's toys, such as on Ikea's affordable play gym Leka, you can update it with some white and black paint to give it a more sophisticated modern look.

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    Bakery Play Shop

    Bakery Play Shop Hack
    Damask Love

    Have endless hours of fun playing with your child as they pretend running their own bakery shop by modifying Ikea's Kallax bookcase to be the counter and shelves for all the toy sweets such as cupcakes, cookies, and cakes that can be made out of sheets of felt. On the top of the bookcase add PVC piping to hang a vinyl shop awning and the store is ready to be used. 

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    Balloon Stand

    Ikea Balloon Stand
    Studio DIY

    Instead of the traditional lemonade stand, set up a fun balloon stand for your child to play with outside this summer by giving a fun new look to Ikea's Skylta children's market stand by using long strips of colored duct tape to add stripes and accessorizing the stand with balloons on sticks to hand out children in the neighborhood.

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    Floral Kitchen Play Set

    Floral Kitchen Play Set
    Anchors And Honey

    Found a slightly damaged Ikea Duktig kitchen play kitchen at a garage sale? If so you can make it look brand new and give it an extra burst of personality with a fresh coat of paint, as done by Anchors And Honey who painted the playset with salmon pink, white and gold paint and added a foam board covered in beautiful floral gift wrap to give the kitchen a beautiful pattern.

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    Nursery Wardrobe Shelf

    Nursery Wardrobe Shelf
    Fresh Mommy Blog

    If your newborn does not have a nursery of their own or one at least with a closet you can easily add some storage space to hang their tiny clothes by hanging a floating Ikea Lack shelf on the wall, and attaching a Bygel silver rail to the bottom of the shelf from which to hang hangers. 

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    Kids Table

    Ikea Kids Table
    The Sweetest Occasion

    Ikea offers a very affordable table and chair set perfect for children, perfect for your toddler to eat and play on. Learn how to customize the table set to perfectly match your kid's room with this easy DIY idea.

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    Activity Table

    Ikea Activity Table
    Mallory Fitzsimmons

    Update Ikea's affordable Latt children's play table with white and chalkboard paint to make the perfect spot for your kid to draw or work on crafts. On the side use a wooden dowel to keep large rolls of craft paper at reach, along with metal buckets to store art essentials such as washable markers, chalk, and crayons. Once completed the activity table will help keep your child busy working on their motor skills.

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    Matching Play Kitchen

    Mini Matching Play Kitchen
    The Shaker House

    One way to help your house not look like it is being taken over with brightly colored children's toys is to make your kid's toys match with your home's decor so that they blend in. A great example is from The Shaker House who hacked Ikea's toy play kitchen—which the child played with in the kitchen—to match their own kitchen. By adding on marble contact paper on the counters, stainless steel contact paper for the appliances and peel and stick tiles for the backsplash the toy kitchen perfectly matches the grown-ups kitchen.

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    Toadstool Stools

    Toadstool Stools
    Pink Stripey Socks

    These mini toadstool chairs are super cute and can be made by painting the top of Ikea's white Mammut stool with red paint to make it look like a mushroom perfect for an enchanted forest or Super Mario themed bedroom. 

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    Chalkboard Easel

    Chalkboard Easel
    Shrimp Salad Circus

    Add some color to Ikea's Mala easel by painting it with glossy paint in your favorite color and adding the alphabet across the top and bottom to make the perfect spot for your child to draw on in your home.

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    Colorful Toy Storage Basket

    Colorful Toy Storage Basket
    Tell Love And Party

    Take several of Ikea's storage baskets which are perfect for storing small toys in and make the baskets look more appealing to children by painting them with acrylic paint in a variety of colors and attaching pom-poms on the side using yarn in the same shades of the paint. Once done the colorful baskets can be stored on a low bookcase so the child can easily access their sorted small toys.