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A bedroom for creative kids

09 November 2016

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.’ 

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 added a lamp for bedtime stories


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. 

Mix and match patterned textiles


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. 

Ida has hooks for extra 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. 


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.

A portrait of Henrik and Ida

‘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.

Made by

Styling: Abigail Edwards
Photographer: Polly Wreford