ikea hack: bekvam stool

Friday, January 16, 2015

*1/27/15 Edit: IkeaHackers added this to their page – check out their site for a ton of great “Ikea hack” ideas! 🙂

Ikea does make some really great products, and one of the things I use often is my little BEKVĂ„M stool. It is lightweight and easy to carry around my kitchen and other parts of the house when I need a step up. Plus, it works as additional seating sometimes – often for my cat, Maya;) I decided it needed a cushion but I wanted the cushion to be removable for when I needed a step up, you know? I don’t want to stand on a pretty seat and make it dirty over the years! So, here I introduce to you my own Ikea hack!

ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_9

I bought a piece of Âľ inch wood, cut it the same size as the top of the stool, with about â…ś” extra on the left and right sides (to have a little edge to grab onto when removing), then lightly sanded the edges and corners just so my fabric would not snag on a splinter.

ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_1

I used this board as a template to cut the cushion to size. The cusion is very thick and firm, and a little tricky to cut. I tried scissors, a knife, and my rotary cutter. What worked best for me was using the rotary cutter in vertical chopping motions.

ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_2

Then, I had a piece of snazzy canvas I bought a while back, and cut it so that I had about three inches to staple to the board. That way, I could make a hem with the fabric for extra strength. I did not have rhyme or reason to how I stapled it – I just had fun!

ikea hack: ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_4 ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_5 ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_3

The whole point of this Ikea hack is to have a removable cushion, so as you can see above, I also set the cushion top on the stool and then traced where my wood-plug would go, through the handle opening of the stool itself. To make the plug, I had an extra bit of a 2×4 cut to the rough shape of the handle, then I sanded it down until it fit snug. I used a bit of wood glue and two screws (pre-drilled) to hold it in place.

ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_6

The plug allows the cushion to sit firmly on the stool, so you do not have to worry about knocking it off when you sit down. And, it let’s you pop the cushion off when you need to step on the stool, because it isn’t anchored to the stool itself – just slips into the handle hole.

ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_8

Now, all that is left is deciding on what color of stain I want to use on the stool itself!

ikea hack: ikea hack: ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_7 ikea_hack_bekvam_stool_10

What do you think of my Ikea hack? Have you made one yourself? I’d love to see it:)

 

See more posts related to:

furniture • ikea-hack • recover

6 Comments

  1. Kyle

    We have this stool in white.

    Reply
    • CaLynn

      Isn’t it awesome?!

      Reply
    • birgit

      love it, I just bought that stool. I will so do this!!

      Reply
      • CaLynn

        Great! It really is very simple:)

  2. D Reffner

    This is genius! Love the idea, already have the stool in the black finish in my kitchen, have the foam from a former cushion I made for a bench, and think I have canvas fabric suitable in my stash. All I need is to get the board and have it cut. Thank you for a terrific idea!

    Reply
    • CaLynn

      Awesome! I want to buy more just to make a bunch of cushioned stools:)

      Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Removable Seat for the BEKVĂ„M step stool! | ShoutYourSite - […] You can read more details here. […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Looking for more cases of the Crafties?
Felt Ornament: J

Felt Ornament: J

I made a felt ornament in the shape of the letter J for a friend. I was inspired by a letter R given to me, which hails from Mexico.

read more
Locket Pincushion

Locket Pincushion

I was recently given this beautifully elegant carved vintage locket, and I turned it into my travel pin cushion.

read more
Gertenbach’s talisman: seashell

Gertenbach’s talisman: seashell

I was inspired by Victoria Gertenbach’s cover article on Quilting Arts magazine to create this seashell talisman with embroidery, beads, and a bit of longing for the beach!

read more
Stitch Club: Kelly

Stitch Club: Kelly

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Anne Kelly inspired me to create a little booklet of mixed media.

read more
Tiny Bee Mural

Tiny Bee Mural

I made a tiny felt mural with an embroidered bee and flowers for my gardening friend.

read more
a Cassette Tape

a Cassette Tape

Inspired by an image online, I made a felt cassette tape displayed on a small canvas for my nephew’s birthday.

read more
Stitch Club: Holmes

Stitch Club: Holmes

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Cas Holmes inspired me to create a momigami (Japanese method of kneading paper) mixed media landscape.

read more
Stitch Club: Weighton

Stitch Club: Weighton

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Haf Weighton inspired me to create a series of medallions representing the theme of “get well”. I used bark-on-wood coasters and fabric collage to highlight the chosen words of each medallion. This piece loosely represents Van Gennep’s rites of passage upon the theme of getting well.

read more
Stitch Club: Wilkins

Stitch Club: Wilkins

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Gregory Wilkins inspired me to create a mixed media piece using my sewing machine, paint, and sharpie markers.

read more
Another Felted Chickadee

Another Felted Chickadee

Using wool and a felting needle, I crafted my second little chickadee bird from a kit ordered through Benzie Design.

read more
Stitch Club: Pattullo

Stitch Club: Pattullo

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Mandy Pattullo inspired me to create a fabric book representing my family in colors and textures. A textural fiber art and mixed media mood board, if you will.

read more
Stitch Club: Stone

Stitch Club: Stone

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Sue Stone inspired me to create a woven background of fabric strips to which I embroidered a large rose.

read more
Stitch Club: Tull

Stitch Club: Tull

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Emily Tull inspired me to create a set of three lips in different expressions.

read more
Stitch Club: Vickery

Stitch Club: Vickery

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Susie Vickory inspired me to create art from otherwise plastic garbage.

read more
Nameplate: Daniella

Nameplate: Daniella

I embroidered my friend’s name onto a little placard, and decorated it with a thread-painted monkey and some tropical leaves.

read more
Stitch Club: Comeau

Stitch Club: Comeau

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Merill Comeau inspired me to create a flower representing an emotional response to something that has occurred in my life.

read more
Stitch Club: Lyddon

Stitch Club: Lyddon

As part of TextileArtist.org Stitch Club, Debbie Lyddon inspired me to create three vessels to contain objects with meaning.

read more
TA Stitch Challenge #7

TA Stitch Challenge #7

The last Textile Artist free stitch challenge was put on by Christine Chester, who challenged us to use a single shape in different ways with whatever stitch we chose. I chose a simple straight stitch in a four-box grid “snowflake” design.

read more
TA Stitch Challenge #6

TA Stitch Challenge #6

Textile Artist Community Stitch Challenge week 6 was hosted by Anne Kelly. Inspired by her boheme style and mirrored image floral challenge, I crafted this tranquil floral arrangement with a quirky bird.

read more
2020 Site Redesign

2020 Site Redesign

I’ve redesigned my blog and finally brought it into the 21st century with responsive web design and other perks!

read more
The Long Nap

The Long Nap

You can stop here if you don’t wish to read anything sad today. It’s already bad enough with COVID and protests, I know.

read more