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Ikea LATT Hack

As Myla grows up, she is loving more and more activities such as colouring, playdough, kinetic sand, stickers and crafts.  I really wanted to get an inexpensive kids’ table and chair set so that she could have a suitable place to do all these activities!  While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed a cute table and chair set in one of babybellykelli's photos.  I immediately asked her where she purchased it and was delighted when Kelli told me that it was actually from Ikea!  I quickly looked it up on-line and found out that the Ikea LATT was a great bargain ($19.99 USD/$26.99 CAD) as it comes with a table and two chairs.

While researching the LATT on-line, I discovered that this set is a very popular item to modify/hack with its simple base design and inexpensive price.  Without modification, the LATT is made of solid pine in a natural wood finish with a white fiberboard table top and seat (see original product and dimensions HERE).  There are tutorials on how to convert the table top into a chalkboard and a lego table, how to add cushioning to the seats, and how to add storage along the sides.  We decided that we wanted to add some cushioning to the seats so that it would be more comfortable for Myla and to add a fun print to this simple set.  We went out to Ikea to purchase the LATT and Ryan began building it…


Ryan beveled the edges of the wood seat with a utility knife since we needed to accommodate for the added thickness of the fabric that would wrap around this piece later on…


We purchased some 1/2” thick foam from a fabric store and ordered this beautiful chevron fabric from Spoonflower (called "BlueChevron" by "mrshervi").  We ordered it in the “Linen-Cotton Canvas” so that it was thicker and hardier.  


Ryan measured out how much foam and material we needed for each seat and began cutting away…


Next, he folded and hot glued the fabric over the foam and cardboard as depicted in the pictures below.  He also added white duct tape for added support.


And here we are with a beautifully padded cushion!  I love how no sewing is required and how simple it is to add this modern chevron design to our chairs!  To secure this cushion to the plywood seat, Ryan used a spray adhesive.  


Ryan also wanted to add plexiglass to the table top so that it would be very easy to wipe down and we could add pictures underneath for different themes or seasons depending on what we were working on with Myla!  He bought some plexiglass from the hardware store and cut it to the appropriate size.  


Our modified LATT with cushioned chevron seats and a plexiglass table top was soon complete!


There are tutorials on-line showing some beautifully painted and stained LATT’s as well (grey stains, gold-dipped chair and table legs), but we decided to keep it in the natural wood finish since it matches so well in our house.


We had a blast choosing the fabric and are really happy with the one that we ordered.  You can have so much fun choosing coordinating paint colours and fabrics to really customize the LATT for your family!


Here is a close-up of the corner of the table top!  Ryan cut tiny notches in the corners of the plexiglass so that it fit perfectly flush on the surface.


We’ve placed our table and chair set near our window so that we get plenty of natural light, and it is a wonderfully bright space for Myla to work and play in!


Myla’s eyes widened with delight when she first saw these little chairs and little table that were her size!  It’s adorable whenever we see her climb up on the chair by herself to get ready to do her activities.


Right now she loves playing with playdough and using cutters to make different shapes and patterns!  I love how cute Myla looks with her feet dangling above the ground :)


We love playing in this area, and in the future, Myla’s little sibling can sit on this other seat instead of me :)


If you’re in the market for a children’s table and chair set, check out the Ikea LATT!  It’s inexpensive and lends itself well to being modified- just google or search for “Ikea LATT hack” on Pinterest and a multitude of tutorials will come up.  Adding the padded chevron cushions to the seats and plexiglass to the table top was quick and easy, and Ryan assembled and modified it all in one sitting!  Let us know what you think and if you have any other ideas of how the LATT can be modified :)

Chair Socks

When our dining table and chairs first arrived after we moved into our new house, one of the first things we went out and bought were circular felt protectors.  We stuck these felt protectors onto the chair legs to prevent the scuffing of our hardwood floor.

However, the felt pads did not adhere very well to the chair legs as they would frequently fall off when the chairs were slid in and out, leaving behind a sticky mess on the floor.

And so, I turned to my hobby for a brilliant solution: crochet chair socks!  I had seen some colourful knitted chair socks on-line before (seen here and here), and I was excited to try crocheting some.  I decided to stick with black since the bottom of our chair legs were already black, which would make the chair socks fairly inconspicuous and tie in with the colour theme of our dining room.

I tried to judge what would be an appropriate size: the chair socks needed to be snug enough so that they would not fall off when lifting or moving the chair.

I decreased towards the top, making it more narrow to ensure a snug fit.

It was nice how quick it was whipping these up!  Here is my army of chair socks…

I was very excited putting these chair socks onto the legs as they fit perfectly!

Here is a chair with all four legs protected :)  Our chair still retains its modern and sleek look!

Here is a photo showing the difference between chair legs with and without the chair socks:

And here we have ALL the chair socks in place!  When the chairs are pushed in and out, we no longer cringe as there is no more screeching noise ;)  Our hardwood floor is protected, and the chair socks also provide grip against the floor (the chairs do not slide around).

Good job to those of you who guessed what the crocheted items were in the picture below!  Thank you to everyone who put forward their guesses: I loved reading your responses :)  I really have no idea what that tiny thing on the chair is, so I had a good chuckle when some very observant and imaginative people guessed it could be a very hidden amigurumi (believe me, I did not intend to trick anybody by secretly hiding something there)!

Of course, everybody’s chairs are different, but I thought I would include the pattern I made up just in case!


Using a 3.5 mm crochet hook and medium weight yarn,

R1: 6 Sc in Magic Ring (6 sc)

R2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)

R3: In back loops only, Sc 12

R4: Sc 12

R5: *Sc 2, dec 1*, rep 3 times (9 sts)

R6-7: Sc 9

Finish off and hide end.


It’s wonderful being able to crochet something so functional and practical for the house!  You could always use fun and bright colours or make them striped if you want them to stand out or make a statement in your dining room.  Or, of course, you could make them black or a more neutral colour as I did if you want them to blend in more.  Let me know if you’ll be making some chair socks and what colours you’ll be using!  Happy crocheting, everyone :)

My Workspace

When we first moved into our new house last year, I was so excited to have my very own room set aside as my workspace.  We had a blast furnishing the main floor so that we could invite and host people over.  It was a challenge picking out pieces from different stores, trying to figure out how it would all look together.  We really focused our attention on the den as we knew I would be spending a lot of time in there, and it actually became the first fully furnished room of our house.  I absolutely adore my workspace, and it’s where I do all my crocheting and blogging!   

We call my workspace our “Ikea room” because all the major items were purchased from Ikea, with the exception of my chair.  We love walking around Ikea and getting inspired by the beautifully designed and decorated rooms.  It was great starting with an empty room since we essentially had a blank canvas to work with!  Let me give you a tour around…

We love the look of various sized picture frames placed together on a wall, so we headed over to Ikea.  Ryan was running around the frame section trying to piece all the different sizes together to see if they would fit.  He did a great job and carefully hung them on this wall for me!  They remained empty for a while until we ordered our wedding photos.  I love how my fuscia bouquets and fuscia wedding shoes add a pop of colour to this wall.

My desk has a glass top, and it’s great because I can see where everything is and easily access them.  This is where I sit to crochet and do my blogging!  As you can see, Chinese New Year Doll and Link can also be found on my desk :)  I wanted some more storage space, so we purchased the drawer unit to the left.  I can also store some items on the sides of the legs of the desk.  You can never have enough storage space! 

These shelves came built into the wall.  I love how chunky they are!  I store my work materials and work binders on the top two shelves.  I keep my fiberfill, crafting books, embroidery floss and scrapbooks on the bottom level.  Most of my yarn can be found in that green box, although I’m running out of space in there…

This is what the other side of my workspace looks like!

I love these shelves we got from Ikea!  As you can see, this is where I display my amigurumi.  I’ve given many away, but these are the ones I’ve kept.  I store loose papers (such as crochet patterns) in these white magazine files.  In the top left corner, there are two graduation figurines: Ryan surprised me with them when I graduated, and I was blown away by how much mine actually looked like me.  In the bottom right corner, there are two Vinylmation figurines from the Muppets series (I used to love the Muppet Show and movies).  These bring back fond memories because we got them on our honeymoon in Disney World!  You don’t know who you’ll get when you purchase them in a box, so we were delightfully surprised when we got Beaker (LOVE HIM!) and Rizzo the rat.

I wanted this light as soon as I saw it in Ikea.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I love the paper shapes…it looks like a burst of flowers or snowflakes!  It was fairly easy to assemble and it looks beautiful when lit up as it casts shadows on the ceiling.  It’s called the “PS Maskros pendant light" if anyone is interested (there is also a larger version available)!  However, it doesn’t provide much light at night (otherwise the paper pieces might burn up!), so we got an extra floor lamp.  I need to see clearly, especially when crocheting!  We also purchased a small round side table where I can place my tea and my Kindle when reading.  You can also store small items in there as the top part pivots!  I also frequently photograph my amigurumi on this little table :)

I wanted to have somewhere to sit, relax, drink tea, read and crochet in my workspace, so we picked out this armchair (the Karlstad).  I love the pattern of the fabric and how deep the chair is.  I can curl up in my armchair to crochet and read for hours and hours :)  We purchased the pink and green felted pillow, but I’m sure many of you talented crafty people could also make it!  The lime green clock adds a pop of colour to this grey wall.   We also added these glass noticeboards so I can display items of importance, such as cards, drawings given to me, and current crochet patters I’m working on. 

And because I wanted even MORE storage, we added these storange units that can be attached to the wall.

I place all my felt and fabric in the big drawer.

And in the small drawers, I store my works in progress.  It’s great because the drawers can actually fully come out!  When I took this picture, I was working on Koala as you can see :)  There are always so many little parts when making amigurumi, so it’s nice to keep them all together, safe and sound.  I also store smaller materials such as buttons and keychains in these drawers.

During the day, my workspace is very bright as it fills with light because of the large window.  I love the white, airy look and feel of my workspace, and it definitely keeps me motivated! 

I think having your room reflect your own style and personal taste is very important, particularly if you spend a lot of time in there.  So if you’ve been thinking of redesigning or redecorating your rooms or house, I’d encourage you to go for it!  If you need some help imagining how your room will look, try using this free resource.  You can enter the dimensions of your room, choose furniture, change the colours, and see a top-down view of your room as well as a 3-D view.  It’s pretty awesome!  I hope you enjoyed the tour of my workspace and maybe got some ideas for your own!  Thanks for reading :)

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