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

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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