Finally! A working sink with running water for the IKEA play kitchen.
Justin’s 2 year old daughter goes to a Montessori-style preschool during the week, and the first thing she does upon arrival is walk over to the sink, dispense some soap, and wash and dry her hands all by herself.
Which prompted the thought — if she can do this on her own at school, there must be a way to make the same thing possible at home.
They were gifted a DUKTIG play kitchen last year. All the parts, as we know, are for play and nothing actually works.
Justin figured the toy faucet and basin were easy to remove and modify into a real working sink. And he did.
Yes! That’s running water.
IKEA item used:
- 2-Gallon Water Jug (~$15.00)
- Electronic Rechargeable Pump Faucet (~$15.00)
- Optional Steel Grate for Drain Filtering (~$4.00)
Working sink for the DUKTIG play kitchen
Basically, you’ll need to remove the faucet from the DUKTIG and replace it with the electronic pump faucet.
Then, make a hole a the bottom of the sink for the water to drain.
The tubing for the pump goes into a hole drilled into the side of the 2-gallon jug.
Now for the drainage. This option drains the water back into the jug. Probably not the best in terms of cleanliness but it requires less maintenance.
Justin also lays out a second option with two tanks (one for clean water and one for drainage) on his blog.
And that’s all you need to do. Turn on the switch and watch it happen!
Hop over to Justin’s blog to see the full tutorial.
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#2 Play fridge to go with the kitchen
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