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You Need These IKEA Hacks in Your Life if You Have Kids at Home

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IKEA’s got so many things going for it, especially for those of us with kids. There are tons of great IKEA hacks for kids’ rooms and kid-friendly spaces … and that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today.

What’s not to like about IKEA? The designs are pretty streamlined — meaning they can fit with any decor style — and the price point can’t be beat.

But my favorite thing about IKEA stuff?

The fact that there are so many clever hacks out there that’ll completely elevate basic IKEA pieces, especially for those of us with kids who still want a comfortable, stylish home.

I’ve tackled a few IKEA hacks myself, but also have spent hours and hours scouring Pinterest and Google for the best IKEA hacks for family-friendly homes.

And there are some REALLY good ones out there.

In fact, I can almost guarantee you have one of the furniture items mentioned below that’s just crying out for a quick DIY makeover.

Take a look and let me know if you’d tackle any of the IKEA hacks below — these are my favorite 15 I found.

For each hack, I’m sharing the IKEA items that were used, why the hack is so smart for a family-friendly home, and how much effort (easy/medium/hard) each project requires.

Leave me a comment below and let me know which one would be perfect in your home!

Psst! Here are some other posts about IKEA tips and tricks that you’ll love:

My favorite IKEA furniture hacks for kids & family homes

An IKEA Gulliver Changing Table Turned LEGO Table

In this kid-friendly IKEA hack, an IKEA changing table is transformed into a lego table for kids, painted white with a LEGO table top and yellow plastic chairs in a kids playroom.

Source: Erin Spain Blog

IKEA item(s) used: Gulliver changing table

Why it works: It’s a great answer to that million-dollar question: “What the heck do I do with the changing table now that my littles are out of diapers?” Well, this LEGO table is the perfect way to upcycle that old changing table into something that your big kids will enjoy.

Level of effort: medium

IKEA Henriksdal Chairs Turned into Custom-Looking Upholstered Chairs for Cheap

A brightly-lit dining room with IKEA Henriksdal chairs covered in bright coral floral slip covers, colorful place settings, and modern decor.

Source: Kate Decorates

IKEA item(s) used: Henriksdal chairs

Why it works: Custom upholstered dining chairs are every decor lover’s dream, but the price tag? Not so much. Especially with a bunch of sticky toddler fingers around. This is an easy way to get unique-looking chairs at a fraction of what they’d normally cost.

Level of effort: easy

Basic Coffee Tables Become Cute Playroom Storage

A pair of IKEA rolling storage tables are painted light blue and teal, and hold neatly organized kids toys.

Source: Oh Joy!

IKEA item(s) used: Lallerod storage coffee table

Why it works: A coffee table and a storage bin? On wheels? Count me in! And these babies are so easy to dress up … just grab some spray paint and give ’em a fresh new look.

Level of effort: easy

Plain Jane Step Stools Are Turned into Fun, Colorful Furniture

This kid-friendly IKEA hacks turns plain kids' step stools into fun, colorful pieces of furniture. Four small step stools are painted teal, pink, and white with colorful designs.

Source: This Little Street

IKEA item(s) used: Bekvam step stool

Why it works: Grab some paint and wallpaper and you’ve got yourself a fabulous stool makeover! This is such a simple way to add color and personality to the kids’ bedrooms or bathrooms.

Level of effort: easy

Simple Wooden Shelves Go Upscale With Super-Chic Caning

A pair of wall-mounted IKEA wood book shelves are upgraded with a strip of caning, making them perfect for holding kids books.

Source: Christina Healy via Domino

IKEA item(s) used: Flisat wall shelves

Why it works: Bland bookshelves become totally chic when you add some caning to them. Seriously, though … how cute are these?!

Level of effort: easy

The Beloved Kallax Bench Becomes a Favorite Reading Spot

An IKEA Kallax storage shelf is turned into a toy storage and reading nook in a kid's playroom.

Source: Kate Decorates

IKEA item(s) used: Kallax shelf

Why it works: This easy no-sew cushion project takes a basic shelf and turns it into a bench. All you need is some MDF board, foam, fabric, and a staple gun.

Level of effort: medium

A Wooden Kids’ Table Turns into a Stylish Seating Spot

This kid-sized IKEA table and chair set was updated into a fun play table with some teal blue paint and floral wrapping paper.

Source: The Sweetest Occasion

IKEA item(s) used: Latt table and chairs

Why it works: Dressing up IKEA basics is simple, and the possibilities are endless! This cute table and chairs set got a fabulous makeover with some spray paint and a sheet of gift wrap.

Level of effort: medium

Besta Cabinets Become Colorful, Mod Storage

A set of 3 IKEA Besta modular cabinets sits along a white wall. Each cabinet door is painted with a bright color - pink, purple, yellow, orange, and blue.

Source: Sugar & Cloth

IKEA item(s) used: Besta cabinets

Why it works: The best way to spice up any basic IKEA piece is to add paint. And that’s exactly what Ashley did here. Easy peasy yet such a big (and beautiful) impact!

Level of effort: easy

Basic Shelves Become an Adorable Sweet Shoppe

This DIY kids sweet shoppe play station is made with an IKEA Kallaz shelf turned on it's side. Play cakes and desserts fill the shelves and a DIY pink and white shop canopy is made with paper and cardboard tubes.

Source: Damask Love

IKEA item(s) used: Kallax shelf

Why it works: How cute is this little Kallax-turned-sweet shoppe?! Attaching the dowel rods and creating the awning takes a bit more effort than some other IKEA hacks, but the end result is pretty dang adorable.

Level of effort: hard

Cork Place Mats Become the Perfect Kitchen Command Center

A 12-grid cork board command center with white wood frame sits on top of a white dresser with gold and white geometric lamps,.

Source: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs via Infarrantly Creative

IKEA item(s) used: Cork place mats, which are no longer available … but these Susig cork desk pads would work

Why it works: If you’re anything like me and constantly trying to keep track of school permission forms and grocery lists and birthday party invites, then an oversized command center might be just what you need. These large place mats are the perfect foundation for your new favorite organization hack.

Level of effort: medium

Simple IKEA Hardware Creates a Fun, Bold Coat Rack

Colorful OKEA Losjon wall hangers are installed on a white wall and hold up items of clothing for a whimsical, modern coat rack.

Source: IKEA

IKEA item(s) used: Losjon wall hangers

Why it works: I love two-for-one deals with DIY projects — this one gives you extra storage and doubles as a fun work of art. What could be better?!

Level of effort: easy

A Coffee Table Becomes a Fun Kids’ Workbench

This white IKEA coffee table on wheels is upgraded into a kids play workstation with construction tools hanging on a black pegboard, a hardhat and toy tool boxes.

Source: IKEA Hackers

IKEA item(s) used: PS coffee table (no longer available, but a simple Lack table would work just fine)

Why it works: Kids’ toys are so expensive, so why not take 30 minutes and throw together your own? This lucky toddler got a new workbench thanks to an IKEA coffee table and a painted pegboard. So fun!

Level of effort: medium

Turn a Simple Storage Cart into a Homework Station

This three-tiered Raskog storage cart from IKEA is transformed into a homework station with art supplies, markers, crayons, paper and more.

Source: Smashed Peas and Carrots

IKEA item(s) used: Raskog storage cart

Why it works: And the versatility award goes to … the IKEA Raskog cart! Turn this bad boy into a storage station for just about anything. I love how Maggie transformed this basic cart into a simple homework station on wheels.

Level of effort: easy

Give a Plain IKEA Dresser an Upgrade With Temporary Wallpaper

This collaged image shows an easy IKEA dresser update using colorful kids-themed wallpaper.

Source: Remodelaholic

IKEA item(s) used: Hemnes dresser

Why it works: Removable wallpaper is a simple way to dress up a plain white piece of furniture. And when the kids’ tastes change in a few years, no problem … peel it off and no one will ever know it was there.

Level of effort: easy

An IKEA Ottoman Turned Colorful, Patterned Living Room Centerpiece

This IKEA ottoman was upgraded until a gorgeous centerpiece using blue, white, and black abstract floral fabric.

Source: Rebecca Propes

IKEA item(s) used: Soderhamn ottoman

Why it works: IKEA has plenty of solid-colored upholstery, but ottomans like this one are easy to dress up using your own fabric. There’s no sewing required for this hack — just grab fabric and a staple gun, and legs if you want ’em.

Level of effort: medium

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