How To: Build a Play Kitchen from Ikea Components

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We are continually blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of our readers, and the recent run of homemade toy kitchens we've featured here is a case in point. Virginia wrote in to share pictures of the kitchen she built for her daughter. She loved the look of vintage plywood kitchens but could never find one in decent shape, so she designed her own using materials from, you guessed it, Ikea. The total cost of this endeavor: under fifty bucks! Interested in trying your own hand at this? Virginia was kind enough to give us step-by-step instructions...

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Virginia's directions for building your own Ikea-based toy kitchen:

I took a RAST table and built off of that. First I added a sheet of 1/4 inch birch ply to make a back. Then I used the scraps to divide the shelf inside into 2 halves. I used another scrap to make a door and 2 to trim out the place where the knobs would go and for the "kickplate". I spent 10 bucks on the wood (I asked if they had any scraps they could sell in lieu of a large sheet). They did the cuts for free.

To assemble it, I used wood glue and screws. I added ATTEST knobs to the front and PANNA coasters for burners. I cut a hole in the top and used an old bowl I had lying around for a sink. For the shelf to store dishes, I found a small GRUNDTAL shelf in the bathroom section. I cut another piece of scrap wood to make the shelf more suitable for storing items.

A few GRUNDTAL "S" hooks are perfect for hanging pots and pans. The spoons, etc are stored in a FNISS pen/pencil holder. It was all a little low, so I bought NUMERAR legs to bring it up to play height. I had planned to add a handle for the door and a tile backsplash, but I ended up leaving it as is.

Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring project, Virginia!

Edited to add: Virginia took the time to draw up the following schematic and dimensions, for those who are interested in making this kitchen. Thanks again, Virginia!

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