The IKEA DUKTIG. Undoubtedly the king of play kitchens.
DUKTIG play kitchen | IKEA.com
But what if the kiddo gets bored of cooking?
Luckily, the DUKTIG is quite the blank canvas and you can easily transform it into a myriad of play experiences.
But for the more adventurous, here are a few ideas to inspire you to hack it into something much more than a play kitchen.
IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen alternative ideas
#1 A movable coffee cart
Brent and Courtney did a superb job transforming the mini kitchen into a coffee cart on wheels. Can you spot the donut holders?
Photo: Gray House Studio
Give me a donut and an espresso, Connor, while I watch the video of the build process:
#2 A pop-up store
In fact, all parts are either removable or foldable. She can push the pop-up store back against the wall in a jiffy and it becomes the old DUKTIG kitchen again. Win!
Here’s a version, more extensive than a pop-up store. It’s more of a play supermarket. Nothing much hacked on the DUKTIG itself but the set-up is fabulous.
#3 An ice-cream stand
Over at our FB group, Tessa shares the ice-cream stand she made for her toddler.
Photo: Tessa Renders
Another version of a delicious looking ice-cream stand.
And yet another, complete with a cute striped awning and chalkboard front. Because we need to know the flavor of the day. See the tutorial here.
Photo: U Ready Teddy
Related: A DUKTIG puppet theatre
#4 A cafe / diner
This is Yoshibo‘s take on the DUKTIG, turning it into a cafe. I like the small frosted “window” that hides the “backend” of the cafe and the small wooden shade. Classy little thing.
Photo: Tiffanie Anne
Watch her tutorial here.
Or go all the way and make it a full-fledge diner. I dig the accompanying checkered table cloth. Can’t go wrong with this one.
#5 A flower stand
How pretty! Fresh bouquets for sale.
#6 Can’t decide? Keep it flexible
Why stick to one when you can have a cafe, ice-cream parlour and lemonade stand all in one?
As a bakery above and an Italian restorante below
Photos: Hue Me Happy
Take a leaf from Hue Me Happy and paint the back of the kitchen in black chalkboard paint. Your kids can then write signs, menus and draw up their store logos too. Kids will come up with their own favourite versions of the DUKTIG. See the full tutorial here.
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