Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Stuva goes retro! Then meets Dr Seuss

Materials: Stuva Wardrobe, Lialotta plastic coated fabric, Rationell Variera bag holders (x2), furniture tack’s, PVC pipe, hammer, screws, double sided tape

Description: I wanted wardrobe for my kids playroom to store all of their dress up’s & costumes, but I didn’t want to spend a lot – I found a secondhand Stuva wardrobe for $40 (bargain!! retails for over $200), but.. it had Birch colour doors & the room is mainly white with the colourful trofast boxes & a bit of a retro spin to it. So, I could have bought two new doors for $80 from Ikea, or I could set out to change them myself for next to nothing!

Step 1: I bought 1 metre of the yellow check plastic coated fabric from ikea (Lialotta?) & took the doors off the wardrobe & laid them out onto the fabric & cut around them leaving about 3cm’s around the edges.

Step 2: I then got double sided tape & folded the fabric over the inside of the doors & then tacked it into place using the small furniture tacks, I then attached the doors back onto the Stuva wardrobe.

Step 3: I also wanted some storage for my boys swords & light sabers (they have A LOT!) so I thought of using the Ikea plastic bag holders (Rationell Variera), I simply screwed them to one side of the unit – you can use the doubled sided tape to attach them if you don’t want to drill holes into the unit. I also attached some hooks on the side for their masks etc.

Step 4: I needed a hanging rail in the wardrobe because it only came with two shelves & a wire basket – they retail for $15 at Ikea, so I decided to make my own to save money. I got a piece of PVC pipe from our shed & cut it to size & got two screws & put them into the pre-drilled hole’s in the wardrobe & with a bit of effort the PVC pipe clicked into place!

I added an Ikea pingla box on top of the unit for more costume storage!! Works a treat!

But later … I got sick of the Stuva Wardbrobe covered in oil cloth too. So I decided to make the stuva doors really fun & cover over them in my boys two favourite Dr Seuss books.

Step 1: lightly sanded the birch doors & ripped the pages from 2 books cut them to the same size. I then glued the pages to the doors with PVA glue & once dried coated it in a clear sealer.

Step 2: I added Rationell Variera bag holders to the side of the Stuva with screws, but you could just used double sided tape – they store all of my boys swords & light sabers!! Perfect size & shape.

Step 3: I used PVC pipe to make a hang rail for the wardrobe by cutting it to size & putting two screws into the pre drilled hole & popping the pipe in there.

The boys love the ‘new’ doors & it doubles as reading practice too :)

~ Peita

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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".

One Response to Stuva goes retro! Then meets Dr Seuss

  1. Michael Coline says:

    This project looks really great and easy for making. The wardrobe looks really great and refreshed. Thanks for sharing this tips.

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