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    9 Neat Ikea Hacks for Your Kid’s Room

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    Ikea is the place to go if you’re looking to stock up on affordable furnishings for your kid’s room or play area. From bunk beds to bookshelves, the Swedish superstore offers functional pieces that suit every design style—and every budget.

    But it’s also inevitable that, if you buy all of your furnishings at Ikea, you’ll end up with a very bland-looking area for your child. Thankfully, you don’t have to fork over your wallet to get a look that’s all your own. Instead, use these #Ikeahacks to transform all those flat-packed treasures.

    1. Hang it up

     

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    Do your kids’ costumes always just end up in a pile on the floor? This Trofast storage combination ($69.99) is meant for toys, but the removal of bins and addition of a small curtain rod make it the perfect staging area for your tiny prince or princess to get into costume. The drawers are handy for shoes and accessories—or whatever else they need to get into character.

    2. Create a secret hideaway

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    What once was a Mydal bunk bed ($179) can easily become a loft bed with a cool feature: a secret hideaway. All you need are some fun curtains, a few coats of paint, and something soft to sit on, like a beanbag chair.

    3. Repurpose spice racks

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    The versatile Bekvam spice rack ($4.99) can do a lot more than keep your pantry organized. This clever homeowner mounted two racks upside down on the wall to create a shelf on top with a rod underneath to hang clothing. The homeowner also placed another rack right side up to hold books and other odds and ends.

    4. Brighten up the bookshelves

     

     

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    A bright coat of paint and four caster wheels turn a simple Knagglig pine box ($9.99) into a bright bookshelf that can go wherever your kid goes.

    5. Build a darling dollhouse

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    The Kallax shelf unit ($38.99) is a fairly basic piece of furniture, which makes it perfect for customizing anyway you like. With some paint, scrapbook paper, and tiny furniture, you can set up a custom dollhouse for your child. And even better, when it’s time for Barbie to expand her family, you can stack another shelf unit on top to double her square footage.

    6. Help them help themselves

     

     

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    Kids love to be independent, but sometimes they need a little bit of direction. Just a few decals added to the Malm dresser ($149) and they’ll know exactly what’s in each drawer. That way, they can help choose their own outfits—or even help put laundry away. A parent can dream, right?

    7. Create an imaginary world

     

     

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    A simple Stodja flatware tray ($3.99) can transform into a habitat for all of your kiddo’s tiny toys and action figures. Just add sand, water, tissue paper, or even cereal to each section, and they’re ready to play all day.

    8. Break out the bookshelf

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    Here’s another take on the Knagglig pine box ($9.99), and this transformation into a bookshelf is about as simple as it gets. This homeowner just removed one slat and added four legs. Fill it with books, toys, shoes, and anything else you need to find a home for.

    9. Remodel the (tiny) kitchen

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    This tiny Duktig play kitchen ($79) has all the bells and whistles your little chef will ever need, but it looks incredibly plain. Thankfully, it doesn’t take a lot to add your own style—or even to model it after your own kitchen.

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