8 IKEA Hacks for the Classroom

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Alison Smith

Written by Alison Smith

Who doesn’t love IKEA hacks? The brilliance of IKEA hacks lies in the creativity, affordability, and doability of these ideas.

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In the true spirit of making your life easier and bringing some creative buzz to your classroom, I have found some brilliant IKEA hacks just for teachers! And when you’ve finished here check out Holly’s popular blog Spotlight Teacher Hacks You’ll Love.


IKEA Hacks – Flip Frames

IKEA Frame Hacks

The IKEA Frame Hack is brilliant! It is super versatile because you can use both sides of the frame, it’s cheap as chips and it’s totally doable. We found two types of frames on the IKEA website which suit this hack perfectly:

Both of these frames are double-sided so they tick the boxes for flip frames or single page displays!

IKEA Frame Hacks - Revsund Frame

Simply print out any of our resources on 4 to a page, or even 2 to a page for the Revsund frame. Then use a little blu tak to sit them where you want them to fit in the plastic protector. Alternatively, use some hinged rings to make some flipbooks!

IKEA Frame Hacks - Fiestad Frame

You may have some of the older IKEA Tolsby frames floating around. Even though they are no longer available in-store here in Australia, our Tolsby frame teaching resources fit very well into the new Fiestad and Revsund frames! Here are some great ideas on how to use them.

We loved the idea of using the frame as a flipchart frame so much, that we even re-created some of our most popular English and Mathematics display posters in the correct size for the IKEA Tolsby frame.

Our Tolsby frame teaching resources include:

The Tolsby, Revsund and Fiestad frames all work together in much the same way, which means these templates are suitable for all 3. Check out how @movemountainsinkindergarten has used the Tolsby frame to create digraph and trigraph flipbook!

For more information on how to get the most out of this IKEA hack, read Holly’s blog The Tolsby Frame | The Best IKEA Hack for Teachers.


IKEA Hacks – Craft Material Storage

We love this clever use of the infamous IKEA RÅSKOG Trolley by @misswclassroom. This trolley is the perfect height for little people and a great storage solution for stationery. It’s the perfect accessory for any makerspace, literacy center or creative corner.

Top tip: Establish a student helper system to keep the classroom craft tray tidy.

For more information on the power of giving your students responsibility in the classroom, read my blog Sharing Responsibility in the Classroom | Classroom Jobs.


IKEA Hacks – Flexible Seating

 

Kids love having flexible options for seating. @abcswithmrsg has done a great job of creating a reading corner with different seating options by using the IKEA BUNSÖ children’s easy chair.

For more information on the benefits of flexible seating arrangements in the classroom and for a sneak peek into some inspiring classrooms read our blog A Student-Designed Flexible Seating Classroom Tour.


IKEA Hacks – Book Display

When it comes to IKEA hacks for the classroom, it’s not just about being practical and organised. Sometimes, it’s about bringing something homely to the classroom, adding some warmth and inspiring imaginations!

I love this FLISAT doll’s house/wall shelf (and have one in my daughter’s bedroom). I hadn’t considered using it in the classroom before I spotted this from @thealchemicalclassroom! What a brilliant idea to add props and figures to the display to inspire reading and writing. IKEA Hacks are the best.


 IKEA Hacks – Parent Communication Board

Ikea easel hacks

This MÅLA Easel is great value and so versatile. It’s brilliant to use as a parent notice board outside of your classroom. IKEA hacks are brilliant because of one idea often leads to the next…


IKEA Hacks – Phonics Wheel

OMG, I’m totally in love with one of the best IKEA hacks around. Miss Izzy @thestructuredspectrum can hold her head high with this level of genius.

The IKEA LUSTIGT Wheel of Fortune game at the bargain price of $19.99 can be transformed into a phonics wheel, word wheel or a number wheel. You could even attach name labels to create a random name generator! 

If you are looking for some fun ways to incorporate the IKEA spinning wheel in your classroom read Holly’s blog.

 


IKEA Hacks – Water Bottle Storage

Ikea Hacks - Bottle Storage

One of my favourite IKEA hacks is the clever use of this SKUBB hanging shoe organiser with 16 useful pockets. They are such a bargain at $5.49 each and they can be used in so many ways!

I love to join two together to create a clutter-free water bottle storage solution.


IKEA Hacks – Parent Pockets

Ikea Hacks - hanging storage

Say goodbye to abandoned or lost parent notes! If you’re a Prep or Foundation teacher, you could make your teacher life a lot easier by joining two together with a few velcro dots and creating the all-time parent pockets.

Parent pockets are one of my top ten must-haves for early years classroom organisation. They can be used to pass on notes for individual students as well as for parents to access take-home letters and important information. You’ll find it so much easier to post take-home letters, notes and flyers into these easy to reach parent pockets. What’s more, parents and guardians will love you for it too!

For more simple ideas that will help to improve your classroom organisation, read my blog 10 Simple Steps to Improve Classroom Organisation.


There are so many more genius IKEA hacks out there, but it’s time for me to get down to IKEA!

I would love to hear from you and for you to share your ideas. Sharing is caring #teachstarter.

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