The IKEA step stool, the little thing called the BEKVÄM, is as typical as IKEA goes.
Functional. Plain. Solidly designed.
Qualities which make it an all-round hacker favorite. I’ve seen it painted, washi-taped and sawn apart.
For today’s post, we’ll take a look at how the IKEA step stool occupies a special place for kids.
The step stool for the toddler’s day
“I eat, I draw, I browse!”
You don’t even need to hack anything. The IKEA BEKVÄM step stool comes just right as a portable all-in-one table and chair set for a toddler. Ready for your toddler to buckle down to some serious work? Freckleschick’s daughter (pic above) checking on the latest stock movements.
Apartment Therapy showcases two other versions of the IKEA BEKVÄM step stool – one for snack time and the other for art.
Move over DUKTIG, the BEKVÄM is far more flexible as a play kitchen. You can add modules to it and when the kid outgrows the kitchen, the BEKVÄM can transform back into a step stool or another cooler incarnation like … an iPad stand. See this tutorial for the BEKVÄM mini play kitchen.
“I go up, up, up!”
Kids must hate having everything above their eye level. In their little brains, they must be constantly thinking, “How do I get in on the action? How can I see what’s Mama’s doing?” Which is probably why they climb everything.
Make it easier for the nosy one with a learning tower. The purpose of learning towers is to bring toddlers to countertop height so they can see what’s going on.
After all that running around, your toddler’s got to have a place to rest their behinds, however briefly. Build a seat and armrests on top of the top step of the BEKVÄM and you get a perfectly sized children’s chair.
When kids need to reach the bathroom sink, a naked step stool may not be secure enough. Give them handles to hold on to when stepping up, getting down and when they are perched at the top, brushing their set of enamels. See how it’s done here and here.
How have you used the IKEA BEKVÄM step stool for your child?
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.