I am a big fan of IKEA products. I like their affordability, durability, and flexibility. IKEA offers a large variety of products that can be used in a Childcare Space.
Their wide array of child sized furniture, toys, and organizational pieces are sold at an affordable price for providers. Their stylish furniture makes it a great choice for a provider with a shared space as well.
Please note: I'm not affiliated with IKEA in any way-other than being a fan of their products!
Below you will find over 20+ IKEA popular products that are popular for home based childcare settings.
I've tried to highlight some of the unique products that you may not have seen before. These photos have all been shared by our readers who are using IKEA products in their fabulous spaces!
The TROFAST line is one of my very favorite collections of furniture for storing toys. The frames are available in a variety of styles that are perfect for small spaces.
TROFAST Storage Units come in a variety of designs.
With accesible surfaces, the TROFAST line
makes it easy for students to access their toys.
You can see how Jen transformed this trofast unit
into stairs for her loft.
TROFAST Storage units are a popular choice for providers,
Their pull out toy bins make clean up a breeze.
The units with a flat surface are perfect for table top play. Angie K. hacked her IKEA TROFAST units adding LEGO base plates, and road tracks to their surfaces and spice racks to their sides. What a great way to maximize this unit!
The TROFAST bins are available in a variety of colors
for some mix and match fun!
Jennalee B. place several TROFAST units together
in her construction area!
The smaller TROFAST Wall storage unit is perfect for organizing small toys, or changing table supplies. It can placed on a wall away from small children or down below for them to access items such as Art Supplies.
Over the years IKEA has changed their canopy offerings. All them can be used to define a small area.
LÖVA Bed canopy
The LÖVA Bed canopy is a popular item amongst providers. It can be used to define a space, such as a reading nook or activity area.
This leaf canopy ties into Jacqui L.'s
reading space just perfectly!
These Bed canopies in Melissa's space help
create a tranquil sleeping space.
BEKVÄM Spice rack
The BEKVÄM Spice rack is a popular choice for providers looking to add some vertical book storage to their space. IKEA has a new FLISAT wall storage option as well.
mammut furniture line
The MAMMUT line of furniture can be easily wiped down, and is perfect for both indoors and outside.
The MAMMUT chairs can be used both indoors and out, and are sold in a variety of colors.
lack furniture line
The LACK wall shelf is a great option for displaying completed projects, or giving children access to Arts & Craft Supplies.
duktig play kitchen
The DUKTIG Play kitchen is an affordable play kitchen, with plenty of storage space for your little master chef.
LAtt children's table
Amanda W. has created the perfect sized dramatic play area with IKEA Products ! She has combined the Latt children's table with several other IKEA products. Her addition of coordinating fabrics and peel and stick wall decor make this a comfy welcoming space.
I've had the same set of BILLY Bookcases for over 12 years.
They are reasonable, come in a variety of finishes and are adjustable (which is a necessity with the varying sizes of Children's books).
DRÖNA Storage Box
The DRÖNA Storage Box fits perfectly inside the KALLAX cubbies. They are great for storing toys, or children's belongings.
You can find a variety of affordable rugs in diferent sizes at IKEA. Be sure to check out their collection of kids activity rugs.
The LILLABO Rug makes the perfect addition to your transportation/construction space.
The KALLAX unit is a workhorse. It provides tons of storage and when placed on it's side, provides plenty of child height toy access. Placed vertically it provides additional space for rotating toys.
Bethany made great use of this space! She has used her kallax units to create individual learning spaces. Mounted horizontally they allow for division-but still provide visual openness in the space.
The Kallax is available in 4, 8 and 16 cubbie options.
Kristin W.'s choice of natural bins allows the unit to blend in with her home decor.
PLUFSIG Folding gym mat
The PLUFSIG Folding gym mat is great for getting the wiggles
out on a rainy day. By limiting it to only one child-It's can also serve as a quiet space where a child can spend some time away from the group.
Cynthia F has this wonderful indoor climbing area in her space. She's lined her floor with several PLUSIG mats (and some wonderful natural TROFAST units for storage).
Felecia J. combines the BUSA with IKEA mats
and other balancing toys.
RÅSKOG Utility cart
Short on space? Consider the RÅSKOG Utility cart. It can be used to store Art Supplies, or as a Music Cart. When you are done, roll it away.
Heidi B. uses her RASKOG to store her meal time supplies. She has cleverly attached IKEA SUNNERSTA containers to add even more storage to the side of her cart!
Korie W. uses her cart as a mobile science center! She says, "We love our mobile science center...I can keep it away from little guys when not in use and change it up weekly."
Felecia J. uses her cart as a mobile play dough station. She's added labels to make it easy to put away items. It has plenty of room for all of her supplies!
Alina D. uses the RASKOG for self serve and independent meal setting. She says: "It's one of the most used items in our little daycare, a minimalistic space saver, but very efficient -supporting my little friends' life practical skills."
FLISAT Children's furniture line
The Flisat line includes a variety of wooden furniture and toys perfect for a small space.
The FLISAT Children's stool, is a great option for providers wanting to use more natural items in their space.
The Flisat tables are perfect for small spaces. Table top inserts allow for eating, and table top play. Removed, they reveal trofast bins (with lids) that can be used to contain sensory items, or small items such as building toys, or fine motor invitations for play.
The FLISAT Children's table makes swapping out toys a breeze. You can place TROFAST bins below the surface to hold a sensory bin, or activities.
Careese H. uses the FLISAT table in her science area!
She's combined it with TROFAST storage to make the perfect space for exploration!
Natalie O's front facing Flisat bookshelf-perfect
for board books!
The FLISAT Doll house is affordibly priced.
I love it's simple design for open ended play.
The BUSA Play tunnel
The BUSA Play tunnel provides hours of crawling fun!
The BUSA tunnel is a great indoor option for building gross motor skills-especially for rainy and cold winter days.
Need to go vertical? Consider using IKEA's TRONE Shoe/storage cabinets. In addition to shoes they can also be used to store diapers, and other personal belonging for the children in your care.
Looking for a more minimalist storage option?
Consider the LAIVA Bookcase
DIGNITET Curtain Wire
Looking for a way to display or dry artwork?
Check out the DIGNITET Curtain wire.
Ikea's kids cushions
IKEA offers a variety of fun kids cushions in fun designs. They make a great addition to a cozy quiet area or reading space.
The VISSLA Bench pad is designed to fit on top of the Trofast bench unit. It can also be used on the floor to create a cozy corner.
POÄNG Children's armchair
The POÄNG Children's armchair is a smaller replica of it's adult counterpart. It makes a fun addition to a dramatic play space or book nook.
Did you know IKEA sells fabric? You can purchase IKEA fabric in a variety of fun prints. It's perfect for making coordinating pillows, curtains or just adding a punch of color to your space.
mula toy series
mula todle wagon
The MULA Toddle wagon is perfect for Toddlers wanting to transport dolls, and blocks!
mula crane with blocks
Did you know IKEA carries a whole line of construction and transportation toys? In addition to this MULA Crane with Magnetic Blocks, they also carry a parking garage, train sets, and wooden vehicles.
IKEA sells a variety of low cost art supplies perfect for your space!
The MALA easel is by far the deal on an easel I've ever found!
Darlene G. has incorporated multiple MALA's in her space-including these for an outdoor art area! Be sure to take advantage of IKEA's reasonably priced MALA drawing paper rolls that attach to the bar in the center of the easel.
Don't forget to check out the MÅLA Long sleeved apron.
The GESTALTA Artist's figure (found near the art supplies) makes a fun addition to your small world play area.
puppets and stuffed toys
IKEA offers a variety of reasonably priced puppets and dress up items for your space.
The Vandring Uggla owl puppet is so adorable!
It can be a challenge to stay organized with so many materials. The FLUNS magazine boxes can be used to store construction paper, weekly materials, or books-keeping them organized and ready at hand.
Jennifer B. organizes these to organize her books
(On her IKEA Billy bookcases)
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