Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Bekvam stool turned into chair for a child

Materials: Bekvam stool

Description: Because it is the right height for a 2 to 6 years old chid, I decided to put something around the top to prevent falling. The chid now can get on and off the “chair” all by himself.

~ Helene Gourdeau, Quebec City, Qc prov. Canada

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10 Responses to Bekvam stool turned into chair for a child

  1. Bridget says:

    Can you give me details about that top portion back/arms? How did you make it? How did you attach it? Did you cut it off of another existing chair?

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  3. Romney says:

    I’ve got that model of Bekvam and it is very stable and weighs a ton. No way is a kid toppling it over. Great idea.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes it is an old model; and NO it is not unstable, 2 children has used it with no problems. Anyway, a young child must always be supervised…
    HGourdeau, Qc Canada

  5. Pev says:

    Ok, can someone help me out here? In the pic is what I suspect might be an older version of Bekvam – all the ones I see (in Ikea Bristol at least) are much paler and the wood is noticeably thinner. Does anyone know if you can still get hold of the much nicer thicker version? Id happily buy second hand if needed!

  6. Anonymous says:

    i used the same stool last christmas when a child came to my only-adult home. the other chairs are ikea’s bror (by the way, no one knows if they’re coming back? i need four more, ’cause my norden table is too long for only four of them….) and they’re a bit too low for children and too uncomfortable for cushions or pillows. bekvam was standing in front of the billy, so i used it. and it was great anyway.
    maybe you’ll need to protect children from falling if it’s in their home, but since it was only for a two day visit….well, they can sit and stop there, without stepping up and down continuosly. just behave ;-)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looks great! As for the center of gravity, if it was too far back a adult wouldn’t be able to step up onto the top and use the original stool for its intended purpose.

  8. Nicole says:

    Great! Did you clue the upper part?

  9. I think this is a cute idea. I know our son uses our vintage kitchen stool all the time in the kitchen.

  10. The centre of gravity look to far back

    I would turn the chair so the back legs stick out and use adjustable foot plate on the front

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