A bedroom for creative kids

IKEA designer Henrik gave his daughter Ida (six) a surprise bedroom makeover. ‘I wanted to give her space for her favourite activities – painting and drawing – and some kind of den too. Ida loves little hideouts.’
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeover
A cosy hideout
Henrik hung brightly coloured fabric under Ida’s bunk bed to create a secret den. As an IKEA designer, he knows children don’t think about safety when they’re playing, so the grown-ups have to! ‘The fabric is attached with Velcro – it detaches easily, so she can’t get tangled up in it.’
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeoverIda’s arts and crafts station at her desk
Make space to paint and draw
Ida really enjoys arts and crafts, so Henrik stocked up on paints, pens and paper. Handy storage crates and jars make it easy for her to keep her desk tidy when she’s finished painting for the day.
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeoverHenrik added a lamp for bedtime stories Mix and match patterned textiles Ida has hooks for extra storage
LIGHT AT NIGHT Bedtime stories are important ‘together time’ for Ida and Henrik. He added a lamp by Ida’s bed to make their favourite reading spot more comfortable.
HAVE FUN WITH PATTERN Have fun with pattern Colour schemes shouldn’t be strict – especially in a child’s room! Cushions are a fun way to mix patterns and colours, plus they’re easy to update if you want to make a change.
ADD HANGING STORAGE Hooks are an affordable and simple way to add extra storage around a child’s room. Henrik made sure the hooks in Ida’s room were at the perfect height for her.
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeoverIda’s desk is big enough for two
Space for sharing
Henrik is an IKEA designer, so he shares Ida’s creative spark. He chose a desk for her room that’s big enough for them to sit side by side and paint together.
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeoverA portrait of Henrik and Ida
Henrik gave his daughter’s room a fun makeover
‘At the moment, Ida is saying she wants to be a designer, just like Daddy!’
Henrik, IKEA designer, Sweden
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
Styling: Abigail Edwards
Photographer: Polly Wreford