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Here’s the story. It all started because of our small rental kitchen. Although, it might look tiny to some of you! Moving on…since we live in a rental we cannot make any big changes at. So, IKEA comes to the rescue!
The kitchen has a really annoying, inconvenient corner cupboard. It is not very practical for storing everyday items. It is not very practical for anything to be honest! Anyway! Well, next to our fridge there is a small space , about 20cm wide, which was just standing there without any actual use. So, we needed a narrow storage unit to make use of it and stop making use of the annoying cupboard! We found the solution at our local IKEA. The Laiva bookcase was perfect for the job!
Then the baby came! He started crawling, so we emptied the bottom shelf. He started walking and we emptied 2 more shelves! 3 out of 5 shelves were of no use anymore. It was time to fix that! And get that practical furniture back to work! It was time for an IKEA Laiva Bookcase Hack.
First of all, we secured it to the wall so the bookcase-pantry or any of the stuff we keep there does not land on the baby’s head. Safety above all! We bought 3 pieces of wood, spray paint for the wood and hinges and locks. We screwed a piece of wood on each of the top 2 shelves so that the baby cannot take anything down from there. He is not tall enough for the upper shelf, but since we had the wood we added it there and kept the bottom shelf empty. That way it is less of a temptation for him!
For the shorter shelf we got a bigger piece of wood and used it for making a door. We added hinges and locks, so i can store there bigger and less often used stuff. Like a cofffe maker. Our little guy loved that part. He got his plactic screwdriver and tried making what his dad was doing. He’ll get that right some day!