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Kid-Friendly IKEA Hack

Cheap Book Racks

Thought I’d blog about an IKEA Hack I did back in March 2008. Not really hacked, but repurposed: IKEA BEKVÄM Spice Racks as cheap book racks. For only $4 each, it’s a  much, much cheaper version of PBKids Collector’s Shelves $39 – $59 each.

top bunk bookshelf

Top Bunk Bookshelf

Bottom Bunk Bookshelves

Bookshelves & Artist’s Easle

I got the idea from here.

IKEA STRIPPA Picture Ledges

Flickr user dora337 jung kim used IKEA STRIPPA pictures ledges as bookshelves in her kid’s room. STRIPPA was discontinued back in 2008 & replaced by RIBBA picture ledges.

Previous IKEA “Hacks”

1st IKEA Hack

I bought 3 IKEA BABORD Coat Racks & 3 matching IKEA BABORD Shoe Racks to store our coats & shoes in the mudroom. The pegs on the BABORD coat rack were so tiny I suspected they would break w/ the weight of heavy wet coats, so I asked my husband/blacksmith to forge me some real hooks.

Forged Coat Hooks

Very Strong, Long Screws Drilled Thru the Wall

Coat Racks w/ Coats

Coat Racks & Shoe Racks

2nd IKEA Hack

I love kitchen tool bars, but the backsplash between my cabinets & counter in my A-Frame was too short. So the solution was to hang the tool bar from the low kitchen ceiling.

Look Up For Tools

Fruit & Veggie Tools

Both are the 21¾” IKEA BYGEL Rail $2 w/ a total of 2 / 10 packs IKEA BYGEL S-hooks 99¢

I also did the same thing in my laundry room for hanging clothes. The BYGEL rail can w/stand a surprising amount of weight.

3rd IKEA Hack

I happened upon a clearanced IKEA INDEX Curtain Rod for only 99¢. I thought how it’d be great to hang the mosquito netting curtains I had, also from IKEA & keep the mosquitoes out during the summer when we have the doors open all day long. The rod only extended from 16-24″, which wasn’t wide enough to cover the door, but after my hack it now extends from 30-39″.

IKEA Curtain Rod Hack

Mosquito Netting Extendable Curtain Rod

It now hangs from the existing curtain rod during the summer months when it’s needed & gets removed/packed away during the cooler months.

Mosquito Netting Front Door

Helps Keep The Chickens Out Too : )

IKEA Hack: MALM w/ Storage Boxspring

One can never have too much storage!

I’ve had my eye on the IKEA MALM full-sized bedframe & matching nightstands for awhile now. Then I discovered the SULTAN ALSARP ‘boxspring’ w/ storage & how it would be great to utilize ALL the space under the mattress. I knew that the full-sized Sultan Alsarp was L: 74 3/8 ” x W: 52 3/4 ” x H: 11 3/4 “, & based on the Malm measurements for Mattress L: 74 3/8 ” x Mattress W: 53 1/8 ” & Footboard H: 11 3/4 “, it looked like it would fit. I just needed to go to IKEA & take a peek under the Malm mattress to see how it was held together & what, if anything, could possibly obstruct the Sultan Alsarp from slipping into the Malm bedframe. Everything looked good. When I told the IKEA employee in the bedroom department what I was doing, he said it wouldn’t work. It turns out the Malm is $10 cheaper w/out the galvanized steel midbeam.

Perfect Fit

Clean Looking

Filled w/ Linens