Play kitchens for kids are a must have toy for every child! This one toy can do so much for your child’s development, including vocabulary building, problem solving, social skills, pretend play, etc.
If you are crafty and love making toys for (or with) your kids then you have come to the right place!
These DIY kids kitchen sets range from super simple to put together to requiring some skill and tools.
Making your own toy kitchen is a great way to re-purpose old furniture or use up some material you may have lying around.
12 Homemade Kids Kitchen Sets You Need To See
I have grouped these kitchens into the following categories:
♦ Ikea Toy Hacks
♦ Storage Bin Kitchens
♦ TV Stand Kitchen Sets
♦ Extremely Compact Play Kitchens
♦ Dresser Kitchens
♦ Chair Pretend Kitchens
Ikea Toy Hacks
The following 2 kitchens are made using Ikea furniture. If you are like me I am sure you have at least one piece of Ikea furniture in your home.
But if you don’t you may have something similar.
Ikea Stool Play Kitchen
This is actually a stove (with oven) but it’s small and won’t take up much space. If your child really likes playing with it you could always make some cabinets/counter top to go with it.
It’s perfect for a toddler! Head over to Ikea Hackers for all the details.
Ikea Nightstand Play Kitchen
This kitchen starts with an Ikea Rast Nightstand. You will need to be fairly good with a saw and screwdriver to put this one together! But it’s perfect for a small space and a toddler.
The instructions for this kitchen can be found at Spacey Casey Creates.
Storage Bin Play Kitchens
The next 2 kitchens are made out of plastic storage bins. They are great for small spaces, especially where storage is an issue.
Pack N’ Go Kids Stove
I love this idea for its simplicity. I have seen this kind of stove on several sites and for some reason many seem to recommend making your own vinyl stickers.
If you are like me this won’t be an easy thing to do because you need a machine like the Cricut to make vinyl stickers. And unless you plan on making a lot of cut outs, these machines are very pricey.
But, don’t get discouraged because you can make your own cutouts with some card stock and self adhesive laminating sheets. Cut out the burners, nobs, dials using the card stock. Then make these more durable by covering them with the laminating sheets. Use a strong glue such as gorilla glue to adhere these pieces to the lid.
Take a look at Pink Cake Plate for the full instructions for this “kitchen”.
Although I am sure you can figure out exactly how to make this just by looking at the picture. If you did want to make vinyl stickers then you will want to read the instructions.
The pack n’ go kids stove would be ideal for small spaces, for traveling or to leave at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!
Storage Drawer Pretend Kitchens
Another great idea when space (and storage) is an issue. The storage drawer until shouldn’t cost you more than $10-$20 so it won’t cost you too much. It also isn’t very time consuming to put together.
The only issue could be the fact that vinyl stickers are used. If you do not know how to make these yourself (special tools are required) you could try drawing on the unit with a permanent marker.
Alternatively you could follow my suggestion from the pack n’ go stove and use cardstock, laminating adhesive and a hot glue gun or crazy glue.
This idea came from Pineapples and Pinecones.
TV Stand Play Kitchens
There are actually quite a few instructions online that re-purpose old TV stands into kids play kitchens.
You will need to have some tools, wood, paint and other accessories around for these types of kitchens.
Here are 2 to give you an idea.
Single Level TV Stand
The one pictured below is from 1 Dog Woof and uses a single level entertainment unit. Ikea has lots of these!
Double Level Entertainment Unit
The next one uses a larger entertainment unit that gets quite the overhaul. But the final product is amazing!
I love the microwave that they added. It looks so real and will add to the playtime. You can learn more about this pretend play microwave here.
Head over to Southern Revivals for step by step instructions!
Extremely Compact Toy Kitchens
These tiny kitchens are perfect for little hands and will fit into most purses and bags. Instead of handing over your phone to keep him entertained, pull out one of these compact kitchens to keep him busy while you wait for appointments or at a restaurant.
Roll Up Kitchen Playmat
What an adorable idea! But you will need how to sew in order to make this one. Very Mom has very detailed instructions that you can follow.
Miniature Toy Kitchen
If there was an award for world’s smallest play kitchen this one would win! It is extremely small and therefore perfect for a toddler.
However, all of the accessories that go along with it are quite small and could easily be a choking hazard. So if you have a child under 3 that would be playing with this make sure you are always paying attention.
It’s hard to tell just by looking at the picture but the stove is a mint tin! Very creative.
Credit for this novel idea can be given to Made By Joel!
Dressers Can Make Great Play Kitchens
Just like the TV stand kitchens there are many options to upcycle old dressers and turn them into play kitchens for the kids. I have selected 2 different styles to give you some ideas.
Dresser Top Kitchen
You don’t need to know how to sew or use fancy tools to make this impressive DIY play kitchen! All you need is some paint, old cd’s a permanent marker and supplies from a dollar store!
Kate’s Creative Space is where you will find more information about how to put this together!
Dresser Turned Play Kitchen with Fridge
This upcycled play kitchen will take a bit of work (and skill) but the final product will make it well worth your time.
Detailed instructions are available at Huckleberry Love.
Chairs Can Be Kitchens Too
Who would have thought that a chair could be turned into a pretend kitchen for kids!
The Slipcover Play Kitchen (Stove)
If you can sew, this shouldn’t be too difficult. But don’t worry if sewing isn’t your thing. You can purchase a pre-made slipcover.
The burners, window, knobs, door, etc. can be cut out of fabric and glued on (hot glue or fabric glue should do the trick) if you can’t sew.
Velcro strips can be attached to the edges of the oven door so that it can open and close.
The instructions for this one can be found at eHow.
The Kitchen Chair Kitchen
You read that right, use an old kitchen chair to turn it into a play kitchen for the kids. No slipcover is needed, but you will need to use some tools and paint and a few other supplies to get this chair kitchen ready!
All Dad All Day has the information you will need to assemble this kitchen.
Will You Attempt Any Of These Homemade Kitchen Sets For Kids?
If you are handy or crafty you will probably love some of these ideas. Being able to make a kitchen for your child will save you money and it will make this toy so much more special.
But, if you are like me, it’s much easier to purchase a premade one.
Although I am sure Grandma would have loved to make one of these for the kids when they were younger. It’s too bad she’s a plane ride away from us.
Either way, a pretend play kitchen (homemade or store bought) is a must have toy for all children!