IKEA Bekvam Step Stool

IKEA Bekvam Step Stool

Janie Lee
Apr 16, 2009

One of the best bargains at IKEA is the solidly built Bekvam step stool. It's particularly practical for households with young children and it's most definitely a workhorse in our kitchen for washing hands (aka water play), watching mommy cook, and putting on our shoes. We love the solid wood construction and butcher block look but we've thinking about punching it up a bit. Jump below for some photos and ideas...

The obvious idea is to paint the Bekvam. We adore the way this one turned out. We found this photo at Bloesem Kids and really like the glossy enamel bright yellow finish on the Bekvam.

We also like the effect of basic black paint (from Mini-nursery tour: Otis in the House).

Other ideas we're considering:

  • Covering both platforms in oilcloth and painting or not painting the legs

  • Staining the entire step stool

  • Decoupaging both platforms
  • A friend suggested using batting to cushion the seat and covering in fabric but we want to keep the surface hard and stable for the little one. Anyone else have a good idea for the Bekvam?

    Top photo: AT Chicago

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