10 IKEA Hacks That Make the BEKVAM Stepstool Unrecognizable

If you only use it to reach the top shelf in your pantry, you're missing out.


If you only use it to reach the top shelf in your pantry, you're missing out.

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First, The Stool

This IKEA favorite, known as the BEKVAM, might look like a typical stepstool made of solid wood. But in reality it is so, so much more.

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Courtesy of Mommo Design
A Play Kitchen

Your kids are going to love playing "let's make dinner" alongside you — and you're going to love how affordable this set up is. It's as simple as painting the steps black, drawing on a stove top, and adding some knobs on the front to get the "burners" going.

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Courtesy of Delikatissen
A Chic Nightstand

This simple piece easily prevents your bedside table from getting too messy. The step part of the stool creates a second spot to pile bedtime reads. On top, your clock, lamp, drinking glass, and cute flower (of course) can live clutter-free.

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Courtesy of Design Sponge
Bonus Kitchen Chairs

Keep two tucked under your table for extra guests. This way everyone always has a place to sit, even if you're tight on space.

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Courtesy of Lovely Design
A Craft Table for Kids

This stool is the perfect size (and price!) for a messy art area. You can let your kids go to town with markers or paint without worrying about them getting color on it. Hey, if they do spill it'll probably only make the stool more awesome!

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Courtesy of Oakland Avenue
A Library Ladder

When you have so many children's books you don't know what to do with 'em, going vertical is the only way. But to make sure your kids (steady ones, that is) can still reach their reads, give this stool a cute polka dots update and a "library ladder" title.

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Courtesy of The Golden Sycamore
A Side Table

Need a place to rest drinks in the living room? Or perhaps a spot to showcase your succulent collection? This stool is just the right height for it all. Plus, the plain wood lets you paint it to match the color palette of your room with ease.

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Courtesy of Eco-Babyz
An Impromptu Car

Have you ever had your kid ask for a play toy out of the blue that you just don't have? Well this stool is basically a blank slate for creativity. Here, one mom flipped it on its side and used a little brown paper to transform it into a car.

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Courtesy of Matahina
A Magazine Rack

Put your extra reads you haven't had time to flip through on this nifty stool that — when not being used to reach high places — can be two shelves for things you don't want to be tossed into the recycling.

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Courtesy of Baby Ramen
A TV Table for Youngsters

Sometimes you just need to distract your kids when you have chores to do around the house. We get it. Lucky for you, this stool is the perfect size for a child to slip through and use as a mini table (and, um, we kinda want an adult-sized one, too).

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Courtesy of I Heart Organizing
A Double-Duty Bathroom Organizer

When the kids can't reach the sink, use this stool to prop them up. Otherwise use it to keep extra hand towels and fresh-smelling flowers near the sink for guests.

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