Published on September 29th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


"Built-in" Play kitchen

Materials: Albert shelving units, some Duktig stuff

We made this for our daughter and she loves it! :)

We have a very small kitchen and I really didn’t wanted to buy any expensive plastic pink play kitchen. So we made this one from first two levels of Albert shelving units. I think it’s really easy, money and time saving.

~ Jana K. Kudrnova, Czech rep.

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11 Responses to "Built-in" Play kitchen

  1. claire_sf says:

    Love love love this! We also have a TINY kitchen, so I may end up using this idea! Of course, then I need to find another hack for my lost storage space ;)
    I would just like to add…the need for *all* furniture to be securely attached to the wall absolutely does bear repeating – if it only prevents just one more accident (all too often fatal), it will have been worth it. Even the most safety-conscious parents can (and do! I did, as did members of my family, and friends) overlook this seemingly all-too-obvious danger.

  2. Nick Austin says:

    Absolutely fantastic. Best thing I’ve seen here. Kids much prefer toys when they seem real and this is certainly that! When she’s had enough of it it’s perfectly nice enough to use for grown up kitchen storage. Well done!

  3. Lea says:

    what kind of doors and drawers did you use? its great… loving it! :-)

  4. kathleen says:

    I agree that it’s essential to securely anchor this unit to the wall, and it is not apparent that it is already anchored. Especially as the child gets older and begins to climb on things, this could be very dangerous.

    It is reasonable to point this out because it may not be apparent to all viewers that this is a very top-heavy unstable configuration.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love the idea. Simply, playful.
    Great job!

    Send greeting to the Czech Republic.


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  7. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous, go back to the mommy blogs. I am sure any parent half a brain doesn’t need to be reminded to fix the shelf to the wall.

    Nice job!

  8. KarlaLina says:

    Jana, it’s really nice!
    Love the simply style and the practical solution. Specially the nearness to your kitchen workplace.
    Like, like, like :-)

    (I’m sure, that if you have at least one child, you know, that you have to fix the shelves to the wall ;-) )

  9. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a huge microwave at the top. Please make sure the whole unit is anchored to the wall. You do not want the little one climbing up and pulling the whole thing over…

  10. tiripitiri says:

    This is so cute!! I just did a kitchen for my daughter too and I wish I would have seen yours before. Compliments!

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is incredible. Where were you when my kids were little?!

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