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Published on March 12th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Mudroom for kids

Materials: Billy shelves

Description: I searched high and low for affordable benches, cabinets, baskets, etc to make a mudroom for our 3 little boys and their stuff. Most regular storage benches were too high for their short little legs. And Pottery Barn and similar things were 3 times the price.

I knew I could find something to make a square mudroom with hooks in the middle from something at Ikea. But it did take a bit of time to figure it out.

I used the skinny white Billy bookcases for the shelves and put the Billy cabinet doors on the bottom. I connected them on top with the Billy wall shelf and also used the wall shelf on the bottom as a bench. The wall shelf is the perfect height for kids as a bench and the exact width I needed to make a perfect square. I used Leksvik hooks in the middle for coats.

Ikea doesn’t advertise a mudroom, but they should. This combination worked perfectly for us.

~ Kristin, Malvern, PA USA

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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".

6 Responses to Mudroom for kids

  1. We just bought a Billy Bookshelf and can’t figure out how to best attach it to the wall. Could you share how you attached yours? That would be great!

  2. Rhett says:

    I’ve been looking for an idea for my back porch that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg! This is perfect for my home daycare!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome idea!!! I have been looking for a mudroom solution but can’t find anything that fits / won’t break the bank. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. GREAT system, adorable kidlets!

  5. Mary says:

    Looks good. The only thing I think would complete the look is some white beadboard behind the unit and attach the hooks to that.

  6. Kristen says:

    Great job! Looks fantastic : )

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