Children bookcase

Published on February 17th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Kid-Friendly Bookcase Hack

Expedit bookcase with kid activity panel

Materials: Expedit bookcase, Spontan Magnet Board, Vippa Hooks, plywood, fabric, chalkboard paint

Description: I wanted to use the Expedit bookcase / desk combo for my craft area, but I wanted to close off the back of the bookcase somehow so I could use it as a room divider as well. Through several conversations with my better half, we decided to turn it into an activity area for our daughter.

Expedit bookcase with kid activity panel

First, we backed the bookcase with plywood I wrapped in fabric. The fabric now served as the background on my side of the bookcase.

Expedit bookcase with kid activity panel
Expedit bookcase with kid activity panel
Expedit bookcase with kid activity panel

Next we measured and planned out all of the components we wanted for the activity area. We incorporated two magnet boards, a flannel board, and a chalkboard, as well as moulding to trim it all out.

Next we used a combination of screws and glue to attach all of the components. We finished off the sides with some shoe moulding to cover the seams.

Last, we attached some hooks to the side of the bookcase for hanging craft shirts, etc.

We LOVE how it turned out and my 2 1/2 year old uses it daily. What would we do without IKEA?

See more of the kid’s activity area.

~ Kadie Kinney, Salt Lake City

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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".

12 Responses to Kid-Friendly Bookcase Hack

  1. Anonymous says:

    Another easier way could be to just paint the back with magnetic paint, and then chalkboard paint afterwards – that wat the whole back would be magnetic AND for writing on…

  2. remmus says:

    love the idea! and not everyone wants/can afford wood floors. I like the fabric background, I may use that.

  3. Brooke says:

    What a great idea!

  4. Zulaya says:

    The hack is both clever and attractive!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Anonymous says:

    It’s kind of amazing how many homes still have carpeting and wood panel and think it’s attractive. Very creative hack.

  6. WOW!! That’s awesome!

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