My daughter Willow was diagnosed at 2 years old with NGLY1, an ultra rare genetic disease that causes (among many their symptoms) developmental delays and muscle movement disorder. Physiotherapy has been a part of or daily life and for the past six months, I’ve struggled with the frustration of her IKEA PLUFSIG gym mats sliding apart creating a gap she would fall into.
It took me five minutes to sew on the buttons I already had at home in our arts and crafts kit. I had all of the items on hand already but you can get the supplies for under $5 I’m sure.
I hand sewed the button the short mat ends, a few inches away from where the PLUFSIG gym mats would meet. Once buttons are attached, wrap the hair tie around the bottoms until snug!
I like that I can still separate the mats and stack them folded when not in use to save space! We do need to put the mats away in our closet when Willow is practicing using her walker or we have company over so I needed to keep that in mind.
Make sure you use good quality thread so that it doesn’t break from being weak and the hair tie will apply some pressure. You also don’t want to use buttons too large (in case your child rolls off the mat on that side) or small (not enough room for the hair tie to loop under the button).
Take a look at this video on how to join the PLUFSIG gym mats together.
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.