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11 IKEA hacks with the KALLAX shelving unit in the children's room

Our all-rounder in the children's room: The IKEA KALLAX is an integral part of almost every home. We show you how versatile the shelf is and have summarised the best IKEA KALLAX hacks.

IKEA Kallax Spieltisch mit Zubehör

1. Storage space and playing surface with the KALLAX shelving unit in the children's room

Of course, the children's room organisation also needs to be organised. The KALLAX shelving unit provides plenty of storage space. And that's not all, because this all-rounder can also be used as playing surface. We have great KALLAX hacks for the children's room that create storage space and provide fun, especially for small flats.

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2. Organisation create in the KALLAX shelving unit

The perfect duo in the children's room: KALLAX and TROFAST. The practical, lightweight TROFAST boxes with lids make tidying up child's play and enhance the look of the KALLAX shelving unit.
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3. Montessori wardrobe - IKEA KALLAX Hack

"Help me to do it myself" is the guiding principle of Montessori education. And you can encourage the independence of our little darlings even with the smallest everyday things. For example, with their daily choice of clothes. The KALLAX shelf is the perfect companion for this. In just a few simple steps, the children's shelf at eye level can be converted into a DIY Montessori wardrobe.
Kallax Kinderzimmerideen

4. Converting the KALLAX shelving unit into play kitchen

We also think the idea of converting the KALLAX shelf into a play kitchen is fantastic. You can create a mini kitchen in no time at all with our KÖKBASTLA sticker set. Even with a dishwasher!


Montessori Waschmaschine Anleitung

5. KALLAX shelf becomes a children's launderette

And anyone who wants to make their play kitchen really deluxe can grab the KALLAX and build a washing machine for children! We also have the exact instructions for you.

Build your own washing machine

Kallax Sitzecke

6. KALLAX hack for more colour

With the yard goodsfrom Limmaland, your KALLAX becomes a real eye-catcher! Simply attach the decal to the inside of the shelf and add more colour to your home.

Kallax Sitzecke

7. KALLAX as a DIY bench in the children's room

A seating area in the children's room is cosy - and perfect for telling stories. Plush friends will also find a wonderful place to snuggle up here.

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Kallax Puppenhaus

8. Dollhouse: The KALLAX shelf becomes a Barbie dream

Simply remodelling a KALLAX shelf ... we think that's great! And with the Limmaland adhesive foils, you can easily transform your old piece of furniture yourself.

How about a cosy home for Barbie and Ken? Little doll fans are totally impressed by our stylish adhesive foils. No wonder, because they transform your KALLAX into Barbie's dream home!

you can easily cut our yard goods furniture film to size and stick it into the individual KALLAX compartments. The doll's villa is ready!

Kallax Kinderzimmer Ideen
Kallax Kinderzimmer Ideen Dinos

9. Hidden storage space with the KALLAX hack

Get really creative with Cornelia's KALLAX idea for the children's room: she has converted the 2×2 shelf into a play table with a reversible lid using our customisable adhesive foils.

What you need:

  • two matching boards (77×77 cm)
  • Cordless screwdriver and screws
  • two Limmaland foils

The two boards will be the base and lid of your new play table. You can easily get these from a DIY store. Screw the plate for the base in place. Cover both sides of the lid with playing surface.

Kallax Sitzecke

10. Cosy reading corner with KALLAX shelves

Small retreat corners are an absolute hit in the children's room. The little ones love to retreat from time to time and leaf through their favourite book in a cosy atmosphere. And if you can combine such a cosy corner with hidden storage space, then that means double the added value for the children's room!

And this KALLAX hack is also very easy to copy

For the seat chest, you can follow Cornelia's hack, which you can find further up in this post. Cover the lid with a seat cushion - you can simply get a foam board from the DIY store and place your favourite fabric over it. Use a stapler to attach the cushion and fabric to the lid.

Lots of cushions create the perfect cosy atmosphere! Another KALLAX transforms the seat chest into a little hiding place. All your favourite books can be stored here and are quickly to hand.

Image source: @vanelisa1401

Kallax Kinderzimmerideen

11. IKEA KALLAX hack with folding function

This idea also conjures up organisation in the children's room in no time at all. Because with the folding function, all the toys can disappear into the KALLAX coffee table in no time at all!

To integrate this KALLAX idea into your child's room, simply lay the shelf across the floor and attach 2 panels to the surface with furniture hinges. This way you can switch between toy box and table at any time. Ingenious!

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