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.
- IKEA Bekvam stool $14.99
- 1 4’ long 2×4” stud (Doug Fir)
- Table saw
- Drill bit
- Countersink bit
- Tape measure
- Assemble the Bekvam stool according to IKEA’s instructions.
- Put everything together but the top step piece.
- 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”.
- Rip your 2×4” into 2×2” lengths, then cut 4 16” support legs. Sand edges.
- 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.
- Cut bracing and attach to legs: 4 @ 9 ½” long, 2 @ 15 ½” long.
- Drill dowel holes and insert a 13” dowel.
- Attach the top platform to bottom half of stool.
- Paint, stain or seal if you desire.