IKEA Hack: 9 ways to makeover the EXPEDIT bookshelf

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IKEA Hack - Turn EXPEDIT into kids market place | Mum's Grapevine

A quick trip to the land of flat packs and Swedish meatballs will show that the folk at IKEA have discontinued their much-loved EXPEDIT shelves. Don’t panic, they’ve replaced them with the new KALLAX storage system – a more kid friendly and durable option that retains all the usefulness of the original system.

Here are 9 of our favourite EXPEDIT IKEA hacks for kid-friendly rooms. May they inspire a weekend project or two at your place.

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Let’s play

IKEA Hack - Turn KALLAX bookshelf into a dollhouse | Mum's Grapevine

Use some colourful wallpaper, vinyl sheets or gift wrap to create an outline that will bring this easy-peasy doll’s house to life. (via Zowieso)

Plane brilliant!

IKEA Hacks - This KALLAX makes a great runway! | Mum's Grapevine

The top of this KALLAX unit has been transformed into a convenient landing strip for toy planes and helicopters while the bottom remains a useful storage solution. You could replicate this with washi tape or paint it on. (via Limmaland)

Store and display

IKEA Hack - The KALLAX bookshelf turns into a baby wardrone organiser | Mum's Grapevine

The KALLAX will display your sweetest baby items beautifully in this open wardrobe layout. (via HOMEDIT)

Bench seat

IKEA Hack - The KALLAX bookshelf makes a great reading nook for the kids | Mum's Grapevine

Turn the KALLAX on its side and add a bench seat cushion (a sheepskin rug would also work well) to make it into a great resting spot for little bottoms. (via Campestral)

Play and display

IKEA Hack - LEGO table made from KALLAX bookshelf | Mum's Grapevine

This clever cookie has glued some base plates to the top of the IKEA KALLAX to turn it into every Lego lover’s dream play and display station. Simply use the shelves below to display finished Lego masterpieces while construction occurs above. (via IKEA Hackers)

Kallax IKEA Hack in Neon Yellow by Panyl

Colour me up

IKEA hack - Paint the white KALLAX neon yellow | Mum's Grapevine

Use contact/vinyl sheets to pimp up your white KALLAX unit with a splash of colour! (via Flax & Twine)

Portable play

IKEA Hack - The KALLAX makes a great portable play area | Mum's Grapevine

Lie the KALLAX horizontal, top it with a door if you want to extend the play area, add some castor wheels (so you can wheel that baby wherever you need it) and voila, you have a portable play area for the kidlets. (via IKEA Hackers)

Off to market we go

IKEA Hack - Market makeover with the KALLAX bookshelf | Mum's Grapevine

Need bread and milk? Pick it up from this sweet market stall complete with its own bright yellow awning. (via Pear Design Studio)

Change table

IKEA hack - Turn your KALLAX bookshelf into a handy change table! | Mum's Grapevine

No need to negotiate a wriggly baby while you try and remember where you stashed those emergency nappies – turn your KALLAX horizontal to use it as a change station with a heap of storage underneath for all those nappies, wipes, lotions and potions! (via House Tweaking)

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