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Tips for a playful children’s sleepover

These tips make an 8 to 12 year-old’s bedroom feel safe and comfortable so they can play all day, all night, and all by themselves.
Kids can furnish their own fort and plan their own sleepover with IKEA bedsheets, cushions, and foldable play mattresses meant for building and sleeping.
Lay a jacket or hat over a fashionable white IKEA NÄPEN mannequin coat rack. It stands at a maximum of 127cm for heights of all ages. FLISAT pine stool adds an extra surface for a friend’s backpack.
Pack an IKEA VÄNSKAPLIG black bag with a friend’s favourite snacks, juice boxes, and a sleeping mask as a welcome gift. The floral patterned bag is large enough to fit a folded blanket.
A space to call home. Give friends a place to set their stuff. A stool and stand creates more floor space — and more room to play! A hanger works just fine, too. Kids can also organize a welcome kit with snacks, a soft blanket and small toiletries.
Dialogue door. Stickers with erasable surfaces are a playful way for parents and children to talk to each other during the sleepover. Kids will appreciate the privacy, too. Speak in shapes, or in emoji. Hang chalk and an eraser on the door to avoid messes.
IKEA KLÄTTA black erasable deco stickers come in a pack of speech bubbles and other shapes. Write messages with colourful MÅLA chalk to keep a feeling of privacy. Hang chalk in a stretchy NORDRANA grey knit basket.
IKEA SLÄKT white bed and kid’s storage unit are a small space children’s bedroom solution. The box can store extra pillows and sheets and be wheeled out from under the bed. SLÄKT mattresses also fit underneath.
Bring out the bedding. A rollable storage unit is easy for kids to move themselves. Pull out the box to reach extra pillows and the guest’s bedding, then push it back into place. They can use the sheets for sleep...or for building something.
Fold IKEA SLÄKT children’s play mattresses, cover with STILLSAMT turquoise triangle patterned quilt and pillowcase, and viola! You have a fort. Add soft bean bag cushions for comfort and to keep the fort steady.
Save space by turning play material into bed material. IKEA SLÄKT children’s mattresses make comfy guest beds for friends. Layer two on top of on another for an extra cozy night.
Fort by day, bed by night. These lightweight mattresses are easy to move around and play with. Children can fold them into a fortress, or flatten them into a comfy guest bed. Use two for extra padding. When it’s time to wake up, slide them back under the bed.
IKEA MOLGAN LED portable light and red LJUSA hand-powered flashlight make fun nightlights. Use them for shadow puppets, or as a safe lighting solution to guide kids through the dark.
Late-night laughs. Soothe nighttime nerves so nobody will be scared of the dark. Motion sensor lighting guides guests to the bathroom. Stick them to the wall for a clear path. Portable flashlights also do the trick — and set the stage for shadow puppets!
Kid’s furniture like the IKEA SLÄKT bed, storage unit, and mattresses are a compact solution for a small space children’s bedroom. Fold out the mattresses from under the bed, and you have a sleepover bed.
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.
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Interior designer: Nathalie Kamkum
Photographer: Henrik Petersson
Writer: Jennifer Lee