Childproof Your Ikea Chairs




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Introduction: Childproof Your Ikea Chairs

I was happy with my unpronouncable Ikea chairs until the birth of my son. As all children he tends to spoil everything in the house. You can see the result (original blue chair) full of crap. So i decided to childproof them. Now, he even can play with playdough or water painting on it.

Step 1: Gather the Material

- Ikea chairs or any chairs build the same way.
- some vinyl table cloth (choose a good quality one with fabric underneath : love the smell of vinyl that remember me of inflatable ducks when i was small on a beach).
- a stapler.
- something to measure.
- something to cut.
- a screwdriver.
- a good italian coffee to drink before starting.

Step 2: Unscrew the Top

Return the chair and unscrew the top

Step 3: Staple the Vinyl

Fold the vinyl around the top and staple it.
Do the round part first, then the opposite and finaly the sides.
Don't forget to apply some tension to the vinyl before stapling.

Step 4: Screw Back the Top

Put back the top on the chair.
Return on the table to crew.

It takes 10 minutes and 1$ per chair.



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    LOL- I now have a fun name for Ikea :0)

    I might do this with this pink strawberry oilcloth I have tons of. Great idea!

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    Pink strawberry oilcloth sounds divine! Please show us your finished product.

    It is true, kids inadvertently do tend to "change the appearance " of household items, but that is not synonymous with not loving your child or feeling negatively towards her, it's just a fact of life ;0) Your advice is practical, and if and when you get tired of the pattern, you can easily change it.

    I must admit depicting a child as a threat for furniture is not very nice, but he was happy to be on the photo. Next time, i will try to think before writing a description of an instructable.

    Heh, I broke mine by falling backwards onto the wooden edge of a futon. :)

    ...a good italian coffee to drink before starting.
    Never a bad idea. (grin)

    Ha, very cool. Maybe if I got like 50 of these chairs... :P

    So I guess now you have a My-kea chair...