12 Ways to Use the IKEA Bekvam Step Stool All Around the House

12 Ways to Use the IKEA Bekvam Step Stool All Around the House

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Carrie McBride
Nov 5, 2015
(Image credit: Tia Borgsmidt/Bolig)

The IKEA Bekvam step stool gets a lot of attention for its price ($14.99) and ease of customizing (it's actually unusual to spot one au naturel these days), but I'm here today to sing the praises of its versatility. It's terrific as a low step stool, but there are so many more ways and places to use it around the house. Let's take a look...

As a Desk Chair

Perhaps not comfortable enough for working long hours, but the Bekvam works as a desk chair for shorter periods of doodling or paying a few bills. Seen (above) on Bolig.


(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

To Reach Things in the Kitchen

Shown here in The Pineapple Housewife's Happy Home, the Bekvam gives a boost to kids trying to reach the sink or counter or for grownups needing to reach high cabinets.

As a Plant Stand

Use it inside or out to hold two tiers of plants. Seen here in Michelle's Dream Space.
(Image credit: Liz Marie Blog)

In an Entryway

It's a place to sit and put on your boots that doesn't take up as much space as a bench. This version, on Liz Marie Blog, has been given a rustic makeunder.
(Image credit: Curate & Display)

As a Bedside Table

The Bekvam is the perfect height to act as a small bedside table, like here seen on Curate & Display. If you have high storage in your bedroom, it can do double duty as a moveable step stool.
(Image credit: Svenngården)
It works great as a bedstand in children's rooms, too. Seen here in a peppy pink on Svenngården.
(Image credit: Lesley W. Graham)

A Step Up for Kids in the Bathroom

Even school age kids often need a step or two to comfortably reach the sink for teeth brushing and hand washing. It can also do double duty as a seat for painting your toenails. The bathroom above is by Lesley W. Graham.

(Image credit: Mommo Design)

Child's Desk

Young children can use the bottom step as a seat and the top step as a desktop for a dual-purpose piece of furniture. I spotted this one on Mommo Design.

(Image credit: Deuce Cities Henhouse)

As a Dining Chair

Notice the Bekvam stool is slightly taller than a regular dining chair making it great for children to get a leg up at the table. In the scenario above at Deuce Cities Henhouse, my guess is the stools are spun around so the lower step can be used as a footrest.

(Image credit: Tinker & Faff)

As a Side Table

The Bekvam's height makes it a nice side table for a sofa or chair. Seen here on Tinker & Faff.

(Image credit: This Little Street)

As a Sofa Table

The Bekvam is a bit lower than a traditional sofa table, but it still works and you could use two, three or more lined up behind a sofa to hold books or plants. This one, lined with Spoonflower wallpaper of her own design, is by This Little Street.

(Image credit: Pinterest User cdv)

As a Standing Desk

This Pinterest user has modified the Bekvam by making the lower step longer and sawing off part of an upper leg, but it seems it could make a fine standing desk without these changes (you could saw off the legs to match your idea standing height).

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