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When it comes to designing spaces for kids, some parents are bona fide naturals. Mom has a magic touch with the paint brush; Dad knows his way around the tool shed. Somehow they make it appear effortless, and their handiwork is no doubt enviable, but these DIY kids furniture ideas are not for those parents. Read on five favorite weekend projects you can tackle with a modest budget and limited time.
1. MAKE A BEAN BAG CHAIR
Who knows if it’s nature or nurture, but every kid seems to love bean bag chairs. Whether stuffed with beans, buckwheat, packing peanuts or another filler material, bean bags provide soft and comfortable support for some of kids’ favorite pastimes—reading picture books or playing video games. DIY kids furniture doesn’t get much easier to make; visit Sewing.org for a tutorial. To match your child’s new seat, why not make an adult-sized version for yourself!
2. CONSTRUCT AN EASEL
A staple of nurseries and play rooms, the easel fosters creativity and saves the walls and floors of your home from almost certain destruction! Other DIY kids furniture projects are less demanding of parents’ time—this easel won’t get built without your woodworking skills and access to tools—but few provide such a high degree of inspiration and opportunity to aspiring young artists. For help building yours, follow instructions from This Old House.
3. BUILD A PLAY KITCHEN
Sharla of My Little Gems managed to fashion this adorable play kitchen from a forgotten old night stand. The sink is a $1 bowl from a thrift store, and the knobs and towel bar are inexpensive knick-knacks from a crafts depot. Meanwhile, the backsplash involves a length of chair rail molding. With creativity, you can transform any small table, dresser, or vanity into DIY kids furniture that answers your children’s fantasies and excites their imaginations.
4. CREATE CARDBOARD FURNITURE
Foldschool offers a collection of downloadable step-by-step instructions for assembling a range of cardboard DIY kids furniture pieces in all different sizes. Perhaps the most difficult part is getting your hands on a sufficient supply of cardboard! The only tools needed are basic everyday household items (e.g., glue). Once your children have outgrown these creations, the cardboard can be recycled easily, enabling you to set a good example for your little ones.
5. PAINT FURNITURE LEGS
This DIY kids furniture upgrade is one that your children can help you complete. There are two ways to approach this: Either paint the existing legs of chairs, beds, or chests of drawers, or take the time to add new feet (available at home improvement centers) to any appropriate pieces in the room. Choose colors that complement your existing decor, or let your kids take charge. After all, they might love the opportunity to customize their own spaces.