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Spend more time with the kids

Make it easy for kids and grown-ups to be in the same room, even when you’re all busy with your own stuff. From art stations to hideouts and play kitchens, here are our favourite ideas from homes we’ve visited around the world.

A portable table lets kids get creative anywhere.

‘We’ve seen so many ingenious – and often simple – ideas that kids love, in homes of all shapes and sizes,’ says Clare Simmons, IKEA FAMILY Magazine’s digital editor. ‘One of our favourites is a mini table that’s light enough to move from room to room, so that children can share the same space as you while they draw or make things. In the UK, Fred is inspired by his dad’s work as an illustrator, so he loves having his very own FLISAT table for arts and crafts.’

Get active indoors An extra mattress (or an outgrown one) makes a great play mat for indoor games when it’s cold outside – just cover it with brightly-coloured fabric first. It’s easy to move it in and out of the living room, where there’s plenty of space. A few covered mattresses under Moritz’s climbing wall in Austria make sure he always has a soft landing!

Create a kids’ cupboard Give children their own storage in the living room or kitchen. Choose a low cupboard so they can help themselves to toys, books and games – and put them away too. At Helena’s home, the island cabinets contain her toys on the dining-room side and her parents’ cooking utensils on the kitchen side.

Make space for creativity Encourage children to express their creativity with a craft station at home. In Portugal, Teresa filled a trolley with art materials for her kids to wheel from room to room. When their masterpieces are complete, help children display their work in a mini gallery – clipping them up makes it really easy to swap in new pictures as they are created.

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.