Bekvam kiddySeat+copy-733058

Published on May 21st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Stokke KinderZeat solution

BEKVAM Step stool, SNILLE (seat only), NEDDA chair pad, countersink drillbit, glue, 4x crosshead screws

Description: On a trip to the UK, my little boy had the use of a chair not too dissimilar to Stokke Tripp Trapp which costs well over $300 here in Australia.

He loved being able to use the step to climb in and out of a ‘Big Boy’ dining chair and sit at the table with Mummy and Daddy so here’s what I came up with…

Assemble the BEKVAM Step stool ($14.99) as normal

Glue (normal PVA wood glue in this instance) the NEDDA chair pad ($0.99) to the top of the stool, trimming the excess off with a pair of scissors.

Mark 4 holes in a square formation on the flattest part of the SNILLE ($7) seat and drill a pilot hole through each – get a countersink bit and make recesses on the holes.

Line up the seat on the top of the NEDDA covered step and drive 4 countersunk screws through the seat and straight into the wood – make sure these screws are long enough to hold the seat but short enough to not poke through the other side.

Hey presto, a Stokke Tripp Trapp inspired, Kiddy-Climb-In dining chair for less than $25 AUD and about half an hour to put it together.

~ Duncan, Australia

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16 Responses to Stokke KinderZeat solution

  1. Anonymous says:

    My son sits on the Bekvam stool every night when brushing his teeth, and regularly dances on the top stool. It’s very sturdy, particularly since it’s not that high off the ground. So if your child can reach the table top then looks fine to me. And if he’s old enough to climb on and off (things – everything! Sofas, tables, cupboards etc.) then he will realise quickly enough to not be too crazy and fall off. Kids don’t like hurting themselves, you know.

  2. Justin says:

    Sorry, but the Stokke went through rigorous safety testing and was approved. Don’t hack your kid’s safety.

  3. I like your hack and think it looks way more comfortable than the Stokke chair. Then again, I’m not a parent and don’t play one on TV. :) If there is a stability problem as so many commenters have suggested, could you bolster it with a fold-out leg, something like the back of an artist’s easel, has?
    Tina in San Diego

  4. Anonymous says:

    eh. You can get an affordable chair from Big W that has a very similar design to the stokke…. and it has met safety standards. Safety issues aside, the point of a junior chair is added height so that the child can sit at the table properly. I don’t see how this could be high enough.

    I don’t understand the choice parents on this site make to put their budget before their child’s safety.

    • Anonymous says:

      Everyone makes different choices. For example, shopping at places like Walmart who purposely push their vendors to do their manufacturing offshore, are ruining manufacturing here. So, shopping there means you make a choice to limit your child’s future. Unfortunately it looks like IKEA is going the same way, so you have to check where your item is manufactured before purchasing anything there.

    • Anonymous says:

      because that’s relevant to your child’s immediate safety! Also Big W = Australia.

      The choice to support local business is a valid one. The choice to risk any person’s safety for the sake of a few dollars is not.

  5. Anonymous says:

    We own two of Ikea’s junior chairs, and they don’t tip over.
    Our oldest once sat on a Stokke, fell forward with his chin on the table and needed stitches. All children are different … ;-)

    • Anonymous says:

      Good to know that the Ikea chairs are stable. Thank you.

      For what it’s worth, the Stokke chair you mention tipping may not have been adjusted properly. There are guidelines about the positions of the movable pieces to maintain the proper center of gravity. Or maybe he just managed to tip it. Nothing’s perfect. ;) All I know is that our kids climb up and down them all the time and have never tipped.

    • Anonymous says:

      P.S. Realizing I sounded terribly unsympathetic. I hope your child was okay in the end and of course I am very sorry he got hurt.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of Ikea’s junior chairs. I applaud your creativity, but I agree that it lacks the stability of Stokke’s design. They are amazing and ours have never tipped, even when our littlest gives a big push back from the table. On the other hand, few of these chairs are designed as well as Stokke’s and even Ikea’s junior chairs look like they could tip too easily.

    • Jane says:

      We’ve had a Stokke chair since our kid was a few months old, but we’ve switched back and forth between the Stokke chair and the Antilop and Urban chairs from Ikea. They’re all perfectly stable.

      I found the Stokke very impractical without a tray when our son was a baby. Plus it was heavy. You can get a tray for the chair (don’t remember the name – Stokke doesn’t make trays) but it was around €60, and I was not going to pay that much for a tray when chair-plus-tray was €15 at Ikea. I didn’t particularly like the look of the Antilop but it was very practical.

      We switched back to the Stokke chair when our kid outgrew the baby chair and used it until the Urban came out. I prefer the simple look of the Urban, and the Stokke was annoying to clean with its nooks and crannies.

    • Gigi says:

      This was a very helpful comment since I am looking to get the Urban chairs from Ikea. Thanks!

  7. Jason J. says:

    Agree with the previous commenter… this needs some lengths of 1x material that extend behind the chair far enough to change the center of gravity to be behind the seat.

    Also, why is the chair pad needed?

  8. Anonymous says:

    The chair you are trying to copy looks like it is balanced so it will not tip over if the child leans backwards. Is there a way to stabilize your hack so it will do the same? As it, it looks like it might topple backwards if the child leans back.

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