Luckily, the IKEA toy kitchen is quite the blank canvas and you can easily DIY it into a myriad of dramatic play experiences.
(If you want a quick and easy swap, there are many Etsy vendors who sell peel and stick decals that can change the DUKTIG into a lemonade stand, cafe and more.)
But for the more adventurous, here are a few IKEA play kitchen hacks to inspire you to transform it into something much more than a play kitchen.
IKEA play kitchen hack alternatives
1. A movable coffee cart
Brent and Courtney did a superb job transforming the mini kitchen into a coffee cart on wheels. Can you spot the donut holders? The addition of wheels on one end of the DUKTIG and handles on the other is brilliant. Cart it away when the day’s work (or play) is over.
Give me a donut and an espresso, Connor, while I watch the video of the build process:
Over at our FB group, Tessa shares her IKEA DUKTIG hack, turning it into an ice-cream stand for her toddler. She accessorised it with such cute toys and says her son can now “sell you ice cream, fresh fruits, milkshake, coffee and maybe even a Frappuccino.”
To inspire you, here’s another version of a delicious looking ice-cream stand.
And yet another, complete with a cute striped awning and chalkboard front. Because we need to know the flavor of the day before we can make any sales. See the tutorial here.
Or go all the way and make the IKEA DUKTIG kitchen a full-fledged diner. I dig the accompanying checkered table cloth. Can’t go wrong with this one.
5. A flower stand
A departure from food. This IKEA hack showcases the DUKTIG as a flower stand. How pretty!
6. Can’t decide? Keep it flexible
Why stick to one when you can have a cafe, ice-cream parlour and lemonade stand all in one? Chalkboard paint, decor and a different set of of toy accessories will help you turn the toy kitchen into anything you want it to be.
Take a leaf from Hue Me Happy and paint the back of the kitchen in black chalkboard paint. Your kids can then write signs, menus and draw up their store logos too. Kids will come up with their own favourite versions of the DUKTIG.
Have you hacked an IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen into something else lately? Share it with us.
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