2 fabulous DIY dollhouses from IKEA KALLAX/EXPEDIT

IKEA DIY dollhouse expedit kallax

For my daughter’s 4th birthday I wanted to make an extraordinary DIY dollhouse.

The KALLAX shelf with 4 cubes (for 4 rooms) was ideal for this.

IKEA items used:
Other materials:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Glue
  • Fabric for curtains and pillows
  • LED lights

Here’s what I did.

To close up the exposed back of the KALLAX, I attached cardboard from the packaging.


Then, I decorated the walls with wallpaper and wrapping paper. I printed and glued on windows and doors.

The furnishing consists of the HUSET doll furniture for the living room.

The rest of the furnishings, I bought second hand – it’s the doll furniture LILLABO (ca. 8 years old).

Also, I pasted picture on the walls, decorated the house with curtains and pillows I sewed.

HUSET dollhouse furniture sets
IKEA DIY dollhouse
DIY IKEA dollhouse

All rooms have battery powered lighting – a mini desk lamp (really a reading lamp for books) in the living room, a chain of lights in the bedroom an LED touch lights on the ceiling of the kitchen and the bathroom.

IKEA DIY dollhouse

~ by LiFinchen

Related: Hack a dollhouse bookcase from the BILLY

An EXPEDIT DIY dollhouse

I used napkins and decoupage to make a DIY dollhouse from the EXPEDIT for my daughter.

The EXPEDIT is discontinued but this works with the KALLAX too.

Expedit DIY dollhouse
IKEA DIY dollhouse

I used a Napkin Technique Set, however it wasn’t ideal. It needed a proper primer, long drying times holding the napkins where they should be. 

Next time I would just use wallpaper.

The dollhouse has a bathroom, bedroom, living room and kitchen.


The kitchen is put together from a colorful smorgasbord of flea market finds. The cast-iron stove was a gift from the grandparents and is probably not even a toy, but it fits very well.

living room

The “dad” is in the living room looking at the dining table, which can be pulled out. 

kids room

The dollhouse furniture is great for creative play, because the shelf can be set up in different positions and the loft bed is also a small stage.

DIY dollhouse - bathroom

My daughter loves it and is creating almost every day in her new dollhouse. 

~ by Amberlight-label