15 Fabulous IKEA Play Kitchen Hacks

updated Feb 28, 2023
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Since IKEA introduced the DUKTIG play kitchen, customers have brainstormed ways to hack and customize this Plain Jane item into something with more personality and charm —like, you know, a full-sized kitchen might have. The tweaks these parents have made are doable for even DIY beginners and, I think you’ll agree, make these little plays kitchens even more special for their kids.

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1. So fresh and so clean.

We think a lot of people would use this child’s kitchen as inspiration for a real-life, adult-size kitchen remodel. It’s that good, with its pale green paint, penny tile backsplash and leather handles. Another great example from Hello Hello

(Image credit: Little Village)

2. Use a funky wallpaper pattern.

Above, Little Village painted a DUKTIG a mint green then covered the backsplash with vintage wallpaper backsplash. New pink ceramic knobs cap off the look.

(Image credit: Little Years)

3. Embrace a mid-mod vibe.

The pop of bright turquoise paint, stained top and retro-style wallpaper (also by IKEA) all make for a cute mid-century modern play kitchen from Little Years.

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4. Go for a glow-up.

From Babiekins Magazine comes a kitchen with gold painted accents, adhesive lights, “butcher block” contact paper, and a faux subway tile backsplash. There’s even under-cabinet lighting made with LED touch lights. Genius.

(Image credit: Visual Vocabularie)

5. Give it an overhaul.

Visual Vocabulaire added a fabric window skirt as the backsplash, new paint and painted fixtures and — the most labor intensive addition: a painted marble faux finish countertop.

6. Add chevron tiles.

A chic chevron pattern combines with on-trend gold accent pieces for an IKEA play kitchen hack we simply can’t get enough of, courtesy of @minnieandmeinteriors

7. Change out the sink.

Just when you thought a play kitchen couldn’t possibly be more custom, @styleandsugar figured out a way to add a farmhouse sink to this beautiful pink and gold kitchen. 

8. Make it minimalist.

One of our favorite IKEA play kitchen hacks is this minimalist style by @foreveratfiftytwo. They’ve chosen an attractive sage green for the main color, and painted the handles and sink matte black for a trendy, minimalist look. 

9. Fashion a farmhouse style.

Or, you could style the DUKTIG with a modern farmhouse vibe, like the one shown here by @knack_for_duktig_hacks. They’ve also chosen a sage green hue for this IKEA play kitchen hack, but added a cute farmhouse-style sign and quaint curtains along the top of the kitchen. Black was the obvious choice for handles and accents, just like a real farmhouse kitchen

10. Paint a background.

Take your IKEA play kitchen hack to the next level by painting the wall behind it in a coordinating color or pattern. We love how @skandikinderzimmer painted a cool arch, then used the same color on the front of the kitchen to pull the whole look together. 

11. Adorn it for the holidays.

You decorate your home for the holidays, so why not help your little ones decorate their DUKTIG kitchen like @yulia_soulmate? While it may not exactly be an IKEA play kitchen hack, it’s a great way to help your kiddos feel included in the holiday festivities. 

12. Add chalk paint for multipurpose fun.

The cute backdrop of the kitchen shown here by @marmarartdesign may not be an actual chalkboard, it still shows how a coat of chalk paint would be a fun addition to the DUKTIG kitchen. This IKEA play kitchen hack is a simple way to add even more fun to your little one’s kitchen.