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21 IKEA Hacks to Transform Your Kid’s Room From Drab to Fab

21 IKEA Hacks to Transform Your Kid’s Room From Drab to Fab

These amazing IKEA kid’s room hacks show that the brilliance of this flat-pack Goliath extends far beyond amazing meatballs and classic Scandinavian form.

Oh, Ikea how we love you. Affordable furniture we can’t pronounce the name of, an amazing store that doubles up as a mind-boggling labyrinth, and hours of fun building flat-pack marvels that are not quite as simple as we are it seems.

The problem? Everyone else loves IKEA as much as us, meaning the words “IKEA” and “bespoke” rarely go together in the same sentence. Well, all that is about to change. Be prepared to be wowed by some truly ingenious IKEA kid’s room hacks that will transform your little one’s bedroom into the envy of the neighbourhood. 

These unique and inspired IKEA hacks for kids’ bedrooms are not only great for mamas and dadas on a budget, but some of them also offer fantastic storage solutions for us space-starved parents. Get out those Allen keys at the ready! 

1) Cheap and Cheerful Book Rack for Tiny Hands

Ikea book rack hack

Ikea’s Stenstorp plate shelf doubles up as a fantastic book rack that will look great on the nursery wall while also being perfect for tiny hands (via Mum’s Grapevine). 

2) Fab Building Block Building Center

Ikea lego table hack

This quick and simple project will transform the Ikea Lack table into an awesome block building centre that your littlies will absolutely love. With Lego storage and a desktop building area, you may be able to finally put those days of stepping on stray Lego pieces behind you (via: Ikea Hackers).

3) Eye-catching Motivation Charts

Ikea motivation chart

The Crafting Chicks have come up with these awesome motivation charts that will get even the most headstrong kiddie winkles stuck into their chores. You can quickly and easily create your own version with the IKEA Spontan magnetic board (via Crafting Chicks). Looking for more inspiration? Check out our free reward charts.

4) Super Cute Tiny Clothes Rack

Ikea spice rack hack

This whimsy little clothes rack was once the IKEA Bekvam spice rack. Who would have thought? It’s a great way to display bub’s fave little outfits, and you can paint them any colour you like. Add two or three together in a row to create more hanging space (via: Piper and Poppies).

5) Turn an Ikea Crib Into a Co-Sleeper

Ikea co-sleeping hack

This is a great solution for co-sleeping parents who want bub close by but don’t want to fork out a fortune for an expensive co-sleeper. The best thing of all? When baby does make it into his or her own room, you can add the side back on and use it as a cot. You can try this with this Gulliver cot that is available in Singapore. Don’t forget to read and follow all the safety instructions mama and dada! (via: Amanda Medlin).

6) Swap a Cot for the Bottom Bunk on a Mydal

Bunk bed frame cot hack

This tip could be a godsend for parents with very little room to store their clan. You can paint the bed frame any colour, and there is even a little storage area for the littlies’ toys. Genius! (Via Apartment Therapy).

7) Create Your OwnSuper Cool Dolls House

Make your own Ikea doll's house

This is one for the little people in your life who like to play home. Simply take the Ikea Expedit or Kallax, add some colourful wallpaper, and your one will be smiling from ear to ear. Super easy to achieve yet makes a practical statement piece that will look great in any home (via: ZOwieSO). Looking for more decoration ideas for your little one’s room? Take a look at our nursery art.

8) Diaper Changing Station

Diaper Changing STation

The KALLAX Shelving unit is an Ikea staple, but it can do more than just store books. Flip it on its side, cover with panels, and add a lick of paint and ta-da, you have an amazingly handy diaper changing station complete with cubby holes for storing diapers, bum cream, and wet wipes (via Young House Love)

9) Add a Splash of Color

Tarva dresser hack

Give the Ikea Tarva a super stylish splash of paint and add some eye-catching knobs, and voila, you have a great-looking chest of drawers that kids will love. This version features graduated shades of apricot ombre, but you could just as easily use any colours you like (via Decor8). 

10) Build a Simple Little Kitchen

Ikea stool kitchen hack

If your little one has been hankering after a play kitchen but you don’t have the space or the cash to buy a full-on play centre, check out this great tip for transforming the Ikea Bekvam stool into a super cute little kitchen (via: Ikea Hackers). I simply adore this.

11)  Create an Arts and Crafts Table on a Budget

12) A Handy Little Trolley

IKEa hack shoe storage

This is a really cool accessory trolley that would look pretty sweet in any little boy or girl’s room. You can use it to store shoes, diaper changing what-not or even clothing. This is one of my personal faves (via: Pinterest).

13) Robot Storage Unit

Robot ikea cupboard hack

The smart mama or dada who came up with this gem is most definitely winning at parenting! This awesome robot is made from the Billy bookcase and includes hidden storage. What kiddo wouldn’t want this little fella adorning their bedroom? (Via: Ikea Hackers).

14) Beep Beep!

Ikea car bed hack

If you have a car enthusiast on your hands, this stylish Jeep-inspired bed is sure to please. Simply take the Ikea Sundvik children’s bed frame, add some black paint and a front grill, and finish it off with a personalised license plate from Ebay and you have a super bespoke bed frame your little one will LOVE (via: Deco Peques).

15) Bub’s First Art Gallery

Art gallery hack Ikea

Got a budding Picasso on your hands? No more magnets (or space) left on the fridge? No problem! Simply take the DIGNITET curtain wire set (Just $14.90!), add some clips, and you have a fab art display. Genius! (via Buttons by Lou Lou).

16) Choo Choo!

Train table hack ikea

Train coming through! If you little one is obsessed with trains, this particular hack is sure to be a winner. Take the LACK shelving unit, add a door and some casters, and you have an awesome train table. This idea would work equally well as a car circuit (via Ikea Hackers).

17) Play Kitchen Makeover

Ikea play kitchen hack

This Ikea Duktig play kitchen has been completely transformed into a super chic play area that would look cool in any kid’s bedroom. Amazingly xxx yet super simple, mama or dada could knock this up in a matter of hours (via: Babiekins).

18) Lovely Little Stool

IKEA frosta stool hack

Transform the $11 IKEA Fosta stool into a  super cute side table or stool that exudes sophistication. It’s amazing what a little bit of creative painting can achieve (via:

19) Super Duper Activity Table

Ikea activity table hack

It’s amazing how easy it is to overhaul the IKEA Latt children’s table into something the littlies will love. A few extra accessories here and there and you have a craft table, art area, and dining table all rolled into one (via: Style Your Senses).

20) Chic Kids Bed

Creative kids bed ikea hack

It’s really hard to believe that under all these layers of boho chic there’s a humble IKEA Kura. Yep, seriously! 

21) Smart Car Storage

Ikea knife rack car storage

Forever finding stray cars stuffed down the back of the sofa? This great storage solution looks super cool while also ensuring there are no stray vehicles lying around the apartment. Who knew a GRUNDTAL magnetic knife rack would make such a great toy car storage area? (via Bambino Goodies)

…And, we’re done!

Child exhausted at Ikea


Got any great IKEA kids’ room hacks to share? Let us know all about your ingenuity!

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