Ikea Hacked Doll Closet

Ikea Hacked Doll Closet

Carrie McBride
Sep 20, 2010

Virginia of How To Build a Play Kitchen from Ikea Components fame is at it again: reimagining inexpensive Ikea pieces into useful, attractive playthings for her daughter. We're ecstatic to share her latest creation with you. Virginia writes: My daughter is just getting into American Girl dolls. I wanted a way to keep her doll clothes out of the way, yet accessible to her. This is what I came up with.

It is made from 2 items no longer available at Ikea (at least I cannot find them). The frame is a large wooden box (I think it was called "Snack") and the drawers are some random wooden paper drawers from the office storage section (I bought them several years ago). It was super easy to make. The best part is both of the main items were things I had been using for years and no longer needed so they got a new life!

1. I painted everything. I used grey because I thought when we loaded it up with clothes it would be colorful enough. I used 2 paint samples for the darker grey and 1 for the accent color.

2. Sealed everything with 2 coats of poly.

3. Glued the wooden box into the frame. Used wood glue on the back and bottom and it seems super sturdy.

4. Added a dowel for a hanger rod. I drilled a small hole in each side and a pilot hole in the end of the dowel. I made sure to take the tiny hanger to the store with me so I would know that it would fit.

5. Added rubber feet to the bottom. I may actually go back and add casters instead, but then I will have to paint the back of the box.

Easy! It only took a couple of hours and I think I spent less than 20 bucks (though it is hard to remember what the Ikea stuff cost).

Thanks for sharing this inspiring project Virginia!

(Images: Virginia Einstein)

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