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Published on September 22nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Night light for a nursery

Kozbi wanted a night light for her baby’s nursery and made this cute one from Benno CD shelf. I love the little shoes peeking out between the lights.

She says, “We started with the Benno shelves in white, which we’ve had for CDs and other stuff for years. And we had the Ikea Non lights.

When we started doing our baby’s nursery, we moved the shelves in there. We wanted to create a subtle light to use at night time, and we didn’t want a baby-ish nightlight. The whole nursery is non-traditional, and the color scheme is creamsicle (orange, white, khaki). So, we came up with turning the first three cubbyholes into light boxes. :) We love it and the light is the perfect brightness. We plugged the cord into the outlet that goes to the wall switch, so it ends up being the main light unless we need to pull the chain on the ceiling light.

The whole project cost about $5. We had to buy three pieces of clear acrylic that my husband cut to cover the front of the cubbyholes. We bought orange glaze to glaze the acrylic. And we stuck the now orange acrylic covers up with Velcro — so now we can change light bulbs without major effort. We drilled holes through the back of those cubbyholes to put the cords through.”

See more of her nursery night light or view the entire nursery here.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Night light for a nursery

  1. fibri says:

    What a fabulous room. I love the colours (love the hack too!) but my favorite is the Giggle on the wall. This is just so clever. Congratulations!

  2. Anonymous says:

    And if you’re really that worried about the heat you could easily drill additional holes in the shelf for ventillation.

  3. Beth Wolden says:

    If you use a CFL it won’t really get hot at all.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, doesn’t look safe. Check the temperature inside the little boxes after the light’s been on for a while. You’d be amazed at how hot things can get even after 20 minutes. You wouldn’t want to touch the bulb at all after a couple of minutes, would you? so you shouldn’t assume this is safe.

  5. Peter says:

    Very bad idea. What about fire safety ? I wouldn’t even use stock Ikea lighting in the babyroom.

  6. Tururu says:

    GReat idea!!! congratulations!! i love the idea, i´m going to post it in my blog
    and perhaps i´ll copy the idea for our future nursery room.

    Thanks :D D

  7. Shanny says:

    This is such a great idea and it looks awesome!

  8. koz says:

    Thanks for posting! And thanks for the nice comments. :)

  9. Maria says:

    When I get children of my own, this is what I’m gonna do

  10. says:

    That’s definately a great hack. I will build that “illumination object” for our living room, too. But in a different, more minimal lounge style and more bulbs from top to bottom. I will report lateron on my Blog

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