The popular IKEA hack that's taking over Instagram

The latest IKEA hack reinvents the £49 Duktig play kitchen, and is taking Instagram by storm...

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(Image credit: IKEA)

We love a good IKEA hack. We recently saw Superfront create cool accessories for IKEA products, but the latest IKEA hack is really taking Instagram by storm.

This year has seen a lot of people getting creative with DIY, upcycling and renovation projects at home. Many took to social media to share their #lockdownproject on Instagram. One upcycling project has proved particularly popular; the #duktighack.

Taking IKEA's classic play kitchen, the £49 Duktig, parents have been customising the plain white kitchen to suit their childrens' bedroom schemes and personal interior styles.

ikea play kitchen

(Image credit: IKEA)

With nearly 50,000 #duktig posts on Instagram, the wooden play kitchen is proving popular with parents who then transform the IKEA play kitchen into a stylish interiors piece for their home — and kids. 

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With faux induction hob rings that can be switched on and off, a tap and sink, cabinets, a microwave and a rail for hanging kitchen utensils, the Duktig is a realistic miniature kitchen. Some parents have gotten crafty and adapted the wooden play kitchen to blend in with their own modern homes, so it doesn't stand out too much. This way parents can keep kids entertained in the kitchen while they get on with doing other important tasks.

The play kitchen makeovers range from on-trend blush pink, pine green and inky blue adaptations to fun pastel shades.

We're also big fans of the more rustic, natural looks which incorporate rattan and wicker details.

Other adaptations include gold-painted taps and handles, Farrow & Ball painted cabinets, and even leather detailing.

Some parents have gotten creative with adhesive wallpapers – including metro tile effect splashbacks and faux marble countertops, while others have picked up some chalkboard paint to create blackboard style splashbacks and cabinets for writing and doodling on.

Could this be your next lockdown weekend project?

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.