The 14 Most Stylish Ikea Hacks for Kids Rooms + Nurseries

Ikea Hacks for Kids

By Anna Smith of of Annabode

The internet is flooded with all kinds of Ikea hacks for kids: many of them brilliant, some of them easy, but not all of them are something I’d put in my own home. The best kinds of Ikea hacks, after all, are ones that don’t look “hacked.” They’re the ones that blend in so seamlessly and look so naturally awesome that you’d think they were made that way from the beginning.

When Ashley asked me to write about my favorite Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms, I pored over post after post looking for just those kinds of projects. So, here are my top picks for the most stylish Ikea hacks for your little ones! Fourteen projects that I hope will inspire you—along with their total cost:

Ikea Play Gym

via Kaley Ann

1. My favorite Ikea hacks are always the simplest, and Kaley Ann’s hack of the LEKA baby gym is just that. Although bright and fun on its own, by repainting the activity pieces in black and white Kaley took the LEKA to a whole new level of chic.

Total project cost: about $45


via Sarah Sherman Samuel

2. Queen of the California look, Sarah Sherman Samuel transformed a TARVA dresser for her baby boy’s nursery. The gorgeous color and hardware add instant glam, but the way she sawed the legs is what really makes this piece look authentically mid-century. (Tip: try using different hardware to lower this cost.)

Total project cost: $397.56


via Explore Dream Discover

3. If you’ve had a baby recently, you know that stylish rocking chairs are expeeeeensive. Liz of Explore Dream Discover used this tutorial to turn her STRANDMON wing chair into a rocking chair for her nursery. (Who knew you could buy rocking chair runners?!)

Total project cost: $425.62


via Beckham and Belle

4. I’ve always loved Ikea’s curtains for their quality and price, but Ashleigh added extra cuteness to her LENDA curtains with DIY pom-pom trim. So fun!

Total project cost: $41.99


via The House That Lars Built

5. This hack could really be used anywhere, but to me it screams little girl’s room! Although, to be honest, my son would absolutely love it, too. Who doesn’t want a yummy pink donut rug? (It’s unclear which rug Brittany used last year, but the ÅDUM rug would certainly work now.)

Total project cost: about $75


via Zowieso

6. Why not turn a KALLAX shelving unit into a modern doll house with some fun wall decals or leftover scrapbook paper? Or use the STUVA wall cabinet, like in this example.

Total project cost: $34.99


via Charlotte Lovey

7. Charlotte’s Lovey’s take on the IKEA PS 2012 dresser is just too cute.  Although I love it plain, painting it in bright pastels and switching out the knobs makes it much more unique. And how awesome would it look with the donut rug?

Total project cost: about $450


via Mommo Design

8. Rosandra Ferri’s Italian blog is a treasure trove of Ikea hacks—many of which are her own, all of which are adorable. I love the artwork display area she made using two packs of the LOSJÖN hangers and some twine. And check out those toadstools!

Total project cost: $15.98


via A New Bloom

9. So many Ikea dresser hacks, so little time.  This one from Erin Kelly is particularly gorgeous—can you believe this is the same TARVA dresser as number 2? That’s the beauty of Ikea products—they can be totally customized!

Total project cost: about $230


via Vtwonen

10. So…this is by far my favorite. I mean, come on. It’s awesome. I want a stool-turned-desk-lamp, don’t you? Recreate it using the FROSTA stool and the SEKOND cord set.

Total project cost: $27.99


via Piper and Poppies

11. So simple. So brilliant. Turn a BEKVÄM spice rack upside down to hang your little one’s clothes. Extra points if you paint it with your wall color!

Total project cost: $3.99


via The Picket Fence Projects

12. Another great rocker project, this time with the EKTORP chair.  Caitlin and Chris turned this baby into a swivel rocker using this base.

Total project cost: $333.60


via Fresh Mommy Blog

13. If your kiddo has a few more clothes than can fit on number 11, why not attach a BYGEL rail to a LACK shelf like Tabitha did and call it a day?

Total project cost: $18.98


via Trendenser

14. Last but not least, I’m dying over these cloud wall shelves that were made using the MOSSLANDA picture ledge and some craft wood.  There are actually a lot of “cloud” Ikea hacks out there—everything from rugs to pendant lights—but these ones take the cake!

Total project cost: about $15

There you have it! Fourteen of the most adorable Ikea hacks for kids. It’s a good thing my nearest Ikea is now 45 minutes away… my fingers are practically itching to start making one of these projects!

Tell us, which is your favorite?

Thank you, Anna! These really are incredible! 

P.S. More Ikea Hacks, including 10 Built-In Ikea Hacks To Make Your Jaw Drop and my office shelves, made from the Ikea Stolmen closet system.

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