Kid furniture is adorable, but sometimes you shy away from shelling out the big bucks because you know they’ll outgrow it in a few years. IKEA pieces are affordable, so you don’t have to feel guilty, and with just a little bit of time and some paint you can turn boring furniture into mini treasures your kids can’t live without. From fun bunk beds and colorful dressers to bookshelves and dollhouses, here are 16 bold and personality-packed IKEA hacks that are perfect for your kiddo’s space.


1. Rainbow Stripes: Decorating a kid’s room is the perfect opportunity to play with all those wild and crazy color palettes we secretly want in our homes. (via Mama)


2. Loft Bed: If your little social butterfly is always having sleepovers, put a mattress underneath the loft and it can double as a cozy reading space during the day. (via Kid and Coe)


3. Kura Bunk: Paint the inner panels of the IKEA bunk bed for a fun pop of color. (via Elle Decor)


4. Sweet and Girly: We adore the polka dot theme going on in this pretty room. (via At Home in Love)


5. Wallpaper House: Turn an Expedit bookcase into the perfect dollhouse with some wallpaper or washi tape on the wall behind it. Then when they outgrow dollhouses you can reuse the piece as a bookshelf or for extra storage. (via Zowieso)


6. Wild and Free: An inexpensive dresser like the Tarva is the perfect chance to let the kiddos pick the color and designs. Paint it together for a fun afternoon art project. (via IKEA)


7. Plate Rack: A bookshelf can make it hard for little fingers to find each book. Put them on display in an IKEA plate rack so they know which book to reach for. (via Mum’s Grapevine)


8. On Display: Use open bookshelves or Lack shelves to display toys. Mount a couple shelves at lower heights so the little ones can help put away their toys. (via Skona Hem)


9. Tape House: Get those kiddies hooked on washi tape with this simple dollhouse made out of wall-mounted box shelves. (via Mommo Designs)


10. Art Table: Just about every kid on the block has the Latt table, but you can personalize this treasure for your petite artist with a holder underneath for a paper roll and acrylic holders on the side for art supplies. (via Freckles Chick)


11. Secret Loft: Add some wood paneling to turn the upper bunk of the Kura loft bed into a space that feels like a secret tree house. (via IKEA Hackers)


12. Spice Racks: These clever shelves were made using the Bekväm spice racks and hung low enough to be easily accessed by the smallest of bookworms. (via Supergail)


13. Step Stool Makeover: Go crazy personalizing these little stools with bright colors and patterned wallpaper. You won’t mind having them all over the house, from the kitchen to the bathroom. (via This Little Street)


14. DIY Platform Bed: Turn IKEA storage cabinets into a loft of sorts. In a small space, it’s a fun way to get both beds and storage in the same room. (via Apartment Therapy)


15. Play Kitchen: How adorable is this little play kitchen? It’s amazing what you can do with a couple of IKEA shelves and some decals. (via Haga 26)


16. Pastel Drawers: This IKEA dresser already has a great shape, but pick out a pastel color palette and some fun knobs and it becomes even prettier. (via Chic Deco)

Have you done any IKEA hacks in your kids’ rooms? Share your projects in the comments below!