Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s List for a complete kitchen set. We scored a fab train table that way.

Ok with the slacker permission out of the way, let’s dig in!

I love a kid-sized kitchen and the creative ways that my children can stay focused with their pretend desserts and imaginary pasta dishes (while I make a real dinner they may or may not even taste).  I have been soooo close to purchasing a miniature kitchen for my boys the past couple years, but something always stops me. Usually price. And the fact that they have five-days a week access to pretend stoves-and-sinks at preschool.

Here are a few DIY play kitchens as inspiration for you as you plan the big gift under your toddler’s tree:

From Ohdeedoh, start from Ikea components

DIY toddler kitchen built from IKEA components via ohdeedoh + rookiemoms

I spotted this DIY play kitchen on Ohdeedoh and hoped I would make it myself; it was created for less than $50 using all Ikea components. Brilliant. I already have and love the dishware from Green Toys — made from entirely recycled milk bottles obtained in California.

IKEA shopping list:

Full instructions and sketch on Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh

From Giggleberry, upcycle a retired TV hutch
I first saw this child’s kitchen on babycenter and my jaw fell wide open. A set of handy grandparents made this kitchen for Milla using an old TV unit (found on Craigs List for $30) as a foundation. Stunning. I applaud their imagination and perseverance on this one. See the full instructions and pictures on giggleberry.

DIY upcycled play kitchen for Milla cost less than $50 via rookiemoms

From Rambling Renovations, total DIY

For hard-core DIY’ers, you may want to veer away from the Ikea components and pre-existing furniture and really over-achieve. More power to you. Chloe’s folks from Rambling Renovators followed the instructions from Grace’s Play Stove at and embellished with a magnetic hinge for the oven door and a little LED light to glow when food is cooking.

Fully DIY play kitchen with LED light via rookiemoms

Need more inspiration to create? A few honorable mentions of awesome DIY play kitchens go to La Force Be With You (for their nightstand into pink power kitchen), At Home Alterations, and Family Fun kid-sized kitchen.

[Photo credits: IKEA kitchen by Virginia via Ohdeedoh, Upcycled grandparent kitchen from giggleberry, Chloe’s Play Kitchen from Rambling Renovators]

The following two tabs change content below.
RookieMoms co-founder & mom to 3 boys in Berkeley, CA. Bossy big sister and project manager turned blogger helping moms enjoy their first years of motherhood. Find me on my other site on or hiding in my minivan eating dark chocolate.

Latest posts by Heather Flett (see all)