A £12 IKEA highchair has been transformed in 4 easy steps

Bye-bye boring IKEA highchair, hello Instagrammable baby furniture. An easy IKEA hack that we can get on board with...

Cove Baby IKEA highchair stickers, placemats and cushion inserts
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Let us introduce you to this easy IKEA hack you can do to the IKEA highchair (yes, the £12 one!) that you might just fall in love with immediately. We have! If you are searching for a handsome highchair but don't fancy splurging hundreds of pounds, then we get it. It's no secret that we have a penchant for IKEA hacks, even more so now that we've seen this IKEA high chair DIY...

First of all, get yourself to IKEA and buy one of their Antilop highchairs for just £12. Then, here is where the fun starts. Head to Cove Baby's Etsy shop and get shopping for anything from stickers to placemats and cushion inserts for your boring – but soon-to-be fancy – highchair. This small business stocks everything you need, to transform this otherwise plain white highchair, turning it from drab to fab and colourful, for less than £100. 

We're talking placemats in all different colours, to make their tabletop a little prettier – and their dinners that more Instagrammable. Then, there are stickers for the highchair legs to transform them from silver to bamboo or another wood effect. Keep scrolling for cushion inserts for this cheap high chair, to not only make this a more comfortable seat for your little one, but to add some sort of pattern into the mix. They also stock adjustable footrests to hold teeny feet and stop them from hanging down. That and plenty more.

What are you waiting for? Gone are the days when highchairs were expensive, clearly. And this IKEA hack might just be the easiest of them all. No paintbrushes, loud drilling or extensive toolboxes are involved. Just the tough job of choosing colours and patterns to blend in with your home decor.

Don't miss our best highchair guide if you're no good at DIY.

Ikea highchair DIY in 4 steps

All you'll need ahead of this IKEA highchair DIY, is the IKEA Antilop highchair. 

1. Start with the placemat

The first (and easiest) way to spruce up this simple highchair is by buying a placemat from Cove Baby. There are several neutral colours to choose from, and you'll want to make sure this matches their wipeable cushion (next up!).

In terms of colour options, there's everything from Sage Green to Dusky Rose, Sand, Apricot, Clay and Graphite up for grabs. 

Cove Baby Placemat for Ikea Highchair (Apricot) | £20 at Etsy
Made from silicone for style and convenience, this placemat is easy to wipe clean while you can wash it in your sink after a messy meal time. It sticks to your IKEA Antilop highchair with ease, and it might be worth having two so that you can switch things up every now and then.

2. Then, the wipeable cushion

This wipeable cushion ticks all our boxes since it's pretty and practical. It will make this high chair smaller, so fit for tiny humans, as well as more comfortable. If you live with a messy eater, then the clue is in the name that it's easy to wash.

Available in several prints and patterns from floral to dotted and terrazzo, be sure to match this with your placemat.

Cove Baby Wipeable Cushion for IKEA Highchair, Dalmatian | From £20 at Etsy
These comfortable high chair insert covers come in a range of patterns and colours, while they are made of soft cotton. They are designed to be wipeable but you might want to spray them after each use if you are dealing with a messy eater – or very colourful food. These covers cost £20, or if you want the inflatable insert, £25. You can also buy this inflatable insert from IKEA, if you wish.

3. Next up are the legs

Cover those unsightly silver legs of this IKEA highchair with ease thanks to these stickers. Simply just wrap them around each leg and you're sorted. They come in lots of prints, from a bamboo effect to a beech wood effect plus more. This is the cheapest item you can buy for this IKEA highchair hack.

Cove Baby Leg Wraps for IKEA Antilop Highchair, Beech

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Cove Baby Leg Wraps for IKEA Antilop Highchair, Beech | £12 at Etsy
Made from architectural film, these leg wraps are durable and they are also the perfect fit. They come pre-cut, so all you need to do is stick them on.

4. Last but not least, a footrest

Buy an adjustable footrest for this IKEA highchair to encourage them to sit upright, and to make this highchair comfortable for dangling legs. You'll secure it into place with two o-rings (included), and you can adjust the height as they grow taller.

This adjustable rest comes in bamboo wood or beech wood.

Cove Baby Adjustable Wood Footrest for IKEA Antilop Highchair

(Image credit: Cove Baby)

Cove Baby Adjustable Wood Footrest for IKEA Highchair | £19 at Etsy
A stylish and practical addition to this budget-friendly highchair, this footrest is a bargain. An accessory that you will be happy you purchased, for sure...

Will you be buying this IKEA highchair and giving it a personalised makeover? We say why not. What a brilliant IKEA hack, and an easy one, too.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is the UK Shopping Editor at Livingetc, with the majority of her time spent advising you on what to buy for your home – whatever the season, or the latest trend. Whether that be a design classic floor lamp for your cinema room, a comfortable new chair for your home office, or a high-quality exercise bike for your home gym. She's also our fitness guru, with hands-on experience with some of the best home gym equipment around. Otherwise, you can find her forever painting the walls and reorganising the furniture inside her modern London flat, or going on long walks with her pug.