DIY Toddler Learning Tower Kitchen Stool. IKEA Hack

by April
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2 Hours

Here is an IKEA hack that anyone can do! I was thinking to use a Kreg jig for this project but realized that not all of you have it. So I went a different route and made this toddler learning tower with fewer tools possible.

You pretty much only need a drill and a saw. Any kind of saw that makes straight cuts.

So this is a very beginner-friendly project and I'll walk you step by step on how to make this toddler learning tower with an IKEA step stool.

Watch a detailed video tutorial on YouTube


Step 1. Assemble the sides

After you make the cuts on the wood. Either with your miter saw or help from Home Depot guys 😉, assemble the sides first.

To assemble one side, take two 1x2x15" and connect them with two 1x3x6" boards in between. Use a right clamp (the corner clamp would work best for it but I didn't have it so I used my long one) and wood glue.

Make another side with the same method.

Step 2. Connect the sides

Use a 12 ½" board to connect the sides. Make the same steps as you did to assemble the sides - use wood glue, screws, countersink bit and check for square.

When one side is assembled, attach a dowel on the front.

Step 3. Connect the tower to IKEA stool

I already had a chair assembled so I had to the top part off. If you are using a brand new IKEA stool, assemble it till the last step.

Take the top of the stool and attach the tower to it. Then flip it over, and attach the top of the stool to the tower using 2" screws.

Step 4. Finish as desired

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  • Annette Annette on Mar 10, 2022

    Is the child supposed to stand in this while you are working at the kitchen counter?

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