Playing, painting, eating, reading. We came up with four easy ways to bring these activities outdoors, so the whole family can spend quality time laughing and relaxing under the sun. Then we invited our interior designer’s daughter and friend to test them in our lab!
1. Planting station Our interior designer Gen’s daughter and her friend went straight for the dirt in a box! The plastic outdoor table and stools were just the right height and easy to rinse off. The girls could bring home a plant in a pot and tend to it on rainy days, too.
2. Tablecloth town For table entertainment, how about a mealtime map from metre fabric? Kids can help set the table because we stitched to show where cutlery and plates go. A fleece throw can be cut into strips and sewn on as roads. Picnic time? It’d work for that, too.
3. Reading house Kids love to copy grown ups, so why not make a spot for them to read and relax, just like adults? A painted house backdrop is a cosy, dedicated spot for calm time, epecially with some children’s easy chairs and a greenhouse to carry books in and out.
4. Art wall Chalk and paint easily unlock kids’ creativity. So we made an art wall from MDF and blackboard paint where they can get inspired. A rail and containers hold supplies, so it’s all easy to take indoors when the art’s done. The clipped-up canvas is plastic from a frame, so it can be saved.
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.
Interior designer: Geneviève Jorn
Photographer: Andrea Papini/Mats Ekdahl
Writer: Marissa Frayer