15 Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Nurseries and Kids' Rooms

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    Get More for Less

    15 Brilliant IKEA Hacks for Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms
    Photos (clockwise from right) via Style Me Pretty, XO, Jordan, and This is Our Bliss.

    IKEA: A modern wonder. Sure, you can lose a whole day in that place, but when it comes to getting high-style for low cost, it’s pretty darn hard to beat.

    Whether you’re decorating on a budget or just love a good ​DIY, these stylish and affordable IKEA hacks for nurseries and kids’ rooms are guaranteed to please.  

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    Bookshelf Turned Storage Bench

    IKEA Bench Hack
    Photo via Mommy Vignettes.

    Turn a $60 shelving unit into a beautiful nursery bench with built in storage for toys or clothes. No sewing required! Learn how here.

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    Posh Upholstered Rocker Hack

    DIY Upholstered Rocker IKEA Hack
    Photo via Interiors by Kenz.

    Elegant wingback rockers are a chic and comfortable alternative to a traditional nursery glider, but the price tag - usually around $1,000 - will hit you hard. Looking for a more reasonable option? See how one ambitious DIYer turned an inexpensive IKEA chair into a $335 dream rocker

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    Fresh Print Poang Chair

    DIY Poang Chair Cover
    Photo via Stickelberry.

    Available in both a rocker and stationary chair, IKEA’s budget-friendly Poang is a popular choice for the nursery. Want to make it your own? Learn how to create your own custom slipcover with this detailed tutorial.

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    DIY Drawing Table

    Child coloring on a small, drawing table made from an IKEA LATT TABLE set
    Photo via Freckles Chick.

    Create your own charming art table, complete with chalkboards, drawing roll, and art supplies, using IKEA’s budget-friendly LATT table and chair set for toddlers. See how it’s done here.

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    Upholstered Upgrade

    IKEA LATT Chair DIY upholstery upgrade
    Photo via All About Ami.

    Keep those sweet little cheeks happy with this padded seat upgrade for the LATT chair.

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    Woodland Mushroom Stool

    DIY "Toadstool" cover for IKEA MAMMUT Stool
    Photo via Smith & Scott.

    Dreaming of a sweet, nature-themed nursery for your little one? Add a touch of woodland whimsy with this easy to recreate $8 MAMMUT mushroom stool! 

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    Rustic Glam Shelves

    Rustic glam DIY shelves made from reclaimed woods and gold-painted IKEA shelf brackets
    Photo via Brit+Co.

    Simple shelf brackets, spray-painted gold, add a touch of glamor to rustic shelves made from reclaimed wood.

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    Spice Rack Bookshelves

    DIY book rail hack made using $4 spice racks from IKEA
    Photo via Impressions by Jani.

    These low-profile, space-saving bookshelves are actually painted spice racks from IKEA’s BEKVÄM collection. Think that’s unbelievable? Try the price - Just $3.99 each! 

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    Money-Saving Gallery Wall

    Gallery walls are a great way to personalize your nursery, but at around $5 to $10 a pop, those individual picture frames start to add up. Need a money-saving alternative? Try repurposing IKEA’s $2 MALMA mirrors as picture frames! Learn more here

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    Rolling Retro Diaper Caddy

    IKEA’s RASKOG utility cart in turquoise being used as a diaper caddy
    Photo via Style Me Pretty.

    IKEA’s versatile RASKOG utility cart in cheery turquoise makes for the perfect rollaway diaper caddy. Stuff it full of changing table essentials, and wheel it to wherever the action is!

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    Changing Table Storage Rail

    Originally intended to keep spices and cooking utensils close at hand in the kitchen, the FINTORP storage rail also makes for a handy changing table storage system. Simply choose the accessories that work for you! 

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    DIY Co-Sleeper

    Letting baby bunk in? Recreate this sweet co-sleeper using IKEA’s simple and affordable SNIGLAR crib. You’ll find the details - as well as some important safety instructions - right here.

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    Baby-Friendly Bunk

    Baby-friendly bunk bed hack using IKEA's MYDAL bunk bed
    Photo via Apartment Therapy.

    Short on space? See how one urban mother of four made room for baby by transforming her son’s MYDAL bed frame into a baby-friendly bunk bed

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    DIY Sleep-Training Nightlight

    IKEA's SPOKA nightlight
    Photo via IKEA.

    Sleep train your toddler with the help of IKEA’s friendly SPOKA. This cool-to-the touch, LED night light features a soft, blue glow and a long cord. Plug the cord into an inexpensive timer adapter, and program it to turn off at an acceptable hour. When the light goes off, it’s OK for your little one to get out of bed.

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    Amazing "KURA" Bed Hacks

    Tree house bed hack made using IKEA's KURA bed frame
    Photo via IKEAHacker.com.

    Looking for more ideas? You won’t believe what these parents did with IKEA’s basic KURA bed frame!

    For more budget-savvy parenting hacks, check out these 10 Genius Ideas for Nurseries and Kids' Rooms