I’ve gotten quite a few requests for the scoop on this little toddler table, so today I’m dishing the dirt!
Here’s my Toddler Table Ikea Hack!
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After sharing pictures from my homeschool classroom transformation, many of you wanted to know where I got my toddler table! Well friends, I’m here to tell you that it is from Ikea- and was meant to be a storage bench! It’s part of the Stuva storage bench that can be purchased in two parts: The Stuva storage box, and the Stuva bench. With all the toddler table options available for purchase you may be wondering why on earth I used this!
I personally love this as a toddler table because it’s the perfect height and SIZE for what I was looking for! Most other toddler tables were either the right size but not the look I was going for, or much smaller, but yet adorable. I really liked the look AND size of this, but knew I needed to make it more functional by altering it to store items and things my toddler would want on hand – especially b/c her older brothers had storage on the wall above their desks. And well, we all know how that goes! What one gets, the other must also get!
Adding Storage to the Stuva bench – AKA Toddler Table
Ikea has wall mounting rods (meant for kitchen organization) that I used to mount containers over my boys desks in our classroom – but they were all too long to fit on my daughter’s desk. What to do… What to do?! Then I had my AHA moment!
I found the Lansa door handle (meant for wardrobe door handles) and it was a perfect fit! I simply measured and drilled through the side of the table, then put it on as I would put any knob on a door or drawer unit (or simply just follow the included instructions).
After, I needed storage for her little journals, paper, folders, coloring books, and notebooks! I thought the Ikea Kvissle magazine rack would be perfect! Again, I followed instructions (replacing the word ‘wall’ for ‘table’)! We LOVE how it turned out and how much it holds!
Lastly, because I wanted my daughter facing the room (vs. the desk against the wall facing the other direction), I HAD to cover the hideous screws. Yes, because this wasn’t intended to use as a table, there would be 4 (indented) visible screws showing if I had not covered them. The cheapest and fastest way for me to achieve this was to add adhesive chalkboard contact paper. I just measured the amount needed and stuck it right on! (It’s really that simple). For writing on it, I bought chalk ink. I’m actually kind of glad the screws were there because I would never have thought to do this, and I just love it!
Oh, and in case you are wondering: The chairs I already owned from a previous purchase, but they are from the Kritter line -also from Ikea! HA! (I have a confession – I am an Ikea addict, but that’s for another post!)