DIY IKEA Storage Unit Seating

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Over the last few weeks I have been busy decorating the kids playroom. It’s still in working progress because I haven’t painted the walls yet. Hubby said it can wait until the new year which is fair enough. We have enough to be doing to the run to Christmas anyway. What I did want to do though was to create a little seating area for the kids.

We installed a TV a few weeks back for them. I decided to buy a white Samsung which goes lovely with the room. All the walls in the house are a light grey and the tiles are a darker grey.  I wish the existing storage units we had were white because they would go better in the room but because our old house was all wood, so were the storage units. To keep the trend going, I picked up another storage unit from IKEA the other day.  Compared to the from Argos we had, this one was so much easier to build and it’s so light.

The IKEA storage unit fits right in the middle of the two other ones underneath the window. Then I had a look online for seating. Most of them were too long, too short or cost a fortune. I took to Pinterest, as you do when it comes to DIY.  I found this handy tutorial from Mommy Vignette.. Exactly what I was looking for and simple enough to do for anyone. The only thing I didn’t do was to put a board between foam and storage unit but that’s entirely up to everyone. She secured it with a few screws but I’ve done it a bit different.

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First of all I went online and bought customised foam from efoam.ie. It’s a very handy website. You can input the length, width and depth and use many different shapes and thickness. Next I was browsing for decent looking fabrics that will go well in the play room. The storage boxes underneath are a king of turquoise colour so I went with the same colour for the fabric. I found my material on myfabrics.co.uk. They have lots of different designs.

I went off to B&Q at the weekend to pick up a staple gun which was only €5 and double sided sticky tape. Yesterday evening I was busy cutting the fabric to the size I want, stapling it to the foam and sticking the tape around on top of the staples. My original plan was to just lay the new seating on top of the bench but because it’s foam, the staple at the bottom of it will come out of easily which is not safe with the kids around. With the double sided sticky tape it will hold it in place and won’t move around at all.

Once done with that, I could stick it onto the top of the IKEA storage unit. It’s very sticky so there is no way it is ever going to move. I am very happy with my DIY project I have to say. The only thing we are missing now, are a few cushions to make it super cosy for the kids.

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What do you think, would this be something you would try out?

15 thoughts on “DIY IKEA Storage Unit Seating

    1. It surely does. I still haven’t bough the cushions but we are getting there lol xx

    1. I love doing these things. I am the only one who can do it do. Hubby is useless at DIY stuff lol

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