tutorial: kid platform

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My co-op parent teacher sent out a great link with a tutorial on how to build a platform for the kitchen so your toddler can participate. This has been such a huge help with my sanity for a number of reasons:

  • I can watch Declan much more closely while I’m trying to get dinner on the table
  • Now he feels empowered because he is right where the action is
  • I am no longer constantly distracted looking up to see what he’s getting into in the living room

These are the links where I got the plans. Some of these people painted their platforms. We have kind of a natural wood look going on in our house so  I didn’t bother. Plus I just didn’t have the energy or patience to paint.

Here is how we broke it down.

Materials

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Countersink bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  1. Assemble the Bekvam stool according to IKEA’s instructions.Oct Tutorial Photos
  2. Put everything together but the top step piece.Oct Tutorial Photos1
  3. Rest the top step on the stool legs to get an accurate measurement of the distance between the top of the stool and your counter height. This is the length of your platform supports. Our support lengths were about 16”.IMG_0555
  1. Rip your 2×4” into 2×2” lengths, then cut 4 16” support legs. Sand edges.Oct Tutorial Photos2
  2. Attach the support legs  by pre-drilling the holes into the top step and the legs. Be sure it’s to the top of the Bekvam step. Countersink the holes.Oct Tutorial Photos3
  3. Cut bracing and attach to legs: 4 @ 9 ½” long, 2 @ 15 ½” long.Oct Tutorial Photos5
  4. Drill dowel holes and insert a 13” dowel.Oct Tutorial Photos6
  5. Attach the top platform to bottom half of stool.Oct Tutorial Photos7
  6. Paint, stain or seal if you desire.Oct Tutorial Photos4

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