6 IKEA DUKTIG hacks that are NOT play kitchens

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The IKEA DUKTIG. Undoubtedly the king of play kitchens.

Chances are, if you’ve bought the toy kitchen, you would have searched Pinterest for hack ideas and found thousands of IKEA DUKTIG play kitchen pins.

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.

(If you want a quick and easy swap, there are many Etsy vendors who sell stick on decals that can change the DUKTIG into a lemonade stand, cafe and more.)

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?

ikea duktig play kitchen coffee cart

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

Anja’s pop-up store is the coolest — it has RIMFORSA baskets to hold “produce” and a pretty canopy that can be folded away.

ikea duktig play kitchen pop up store

Photo: Gaensebluemchensonnenschein.com

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.


Shop replacement sticker decals for DUKTIG oven


#3 An ice-cream stand

Over at our FB group, Tessa shares the ice-cream stand she made for her toddler.

ice cream stand duktig

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.

ikea duktig play kitchen ice cream stand

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.

kids play store

Photo: Yoshibo2002

Tiffanie’s version leans towards the natural. It definitely captures the organic vibe with fresh plants, shiplap contact paper and a handwritten signboard. A letterboard completes it.

kids play cafe

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?

ikea duktig play kitchen bakery

As a bakery above and an Italian restorante below

ikea duktig play kitchen restaurant

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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