Most teachers would agree that when it comes to furnishing and supplying our classrooms, budget-friendly materials are a must. One of my favorite places to find inexpensive items to stock my classroom is IKEA. Here are some of the IKEA items I have in my classroom that won’t break the bank.
Ikea Classroom Hacks
The Raskog cart is very popular in homes and classrooms everywhere, but I discovered a different use for this gem. Instead of storing supplies in the cart, I decided to use it as a bed for the baby dolls in my dramatic play center.
I added baby blankets to the middle and bottom shelves to create a bunk bed for the baby dolls; the dolls fit perfectly on the shelves.
I use the top shelf to hold board books, a clipboard, and telephone – but don’t call while the babies are sleeping!
Ikea Sensory Table
One of my best purchases at Ikea was the Flisat table. This table is the perfect sensory table for the preschool classroom. There are two spaces in the table that hold bins, which are sold separately. You can choose the color and depth of your bins, shallow or deep.
There are two covers for the top of the table, one for the left bin and one for the right. When the covers are on the table you can use it as a regular table.
I like being able to easily lift out the two bins for cleaning purposes, as well as changing out the items inside the bins.
Ikea Spice Racks
Another super popular Ikea hack is to use the Bekvam spice racks for book displays. These racks are very easy on the wallet at only $3.99 each, just attach them to your wall and you have an instant book display!
I use a spice rack in my self-regulation station to display books and hold calming tools.
I’m in LOVE with these Tolsby picture frames! I’ve been using them in my classroom for years in a variety of ways. Pictured above you can see one of the Tolsby frames in action on my teacher shelf, but I have also used them to display signs in the dramatic play center.
Ikea Art Easel Hack
I have a super small classroom and a regular art easel just wouldn’t fit. Instead, I hacked the Mosslanda picture shelves by attaching them to the front of one of my storage closets. The closets are locked when children are present so there is no danger of the doors opening.
After the picture shelves were attached to the doors, I propped inexpensive cookie sheets up on the ledges and hot glued two clothespins to the front of each sheet. These picture ledges are perfect for holding Kwik Stix, crayons, colored pencils, chalk or markers.
Ikea Paper Tray
The Kvissle paper tray is absolutely perfect for my writing center! The shelves glide in and out easily so the kids can have quick access to all types of paper for drawing, writing, and creating.
Dramatic Play Center Table
Another great find was this Latt table, it’s the perfect size for my dramatic play center! It comes in a flat box, but it’s super easy to assemble.
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