January 19, 2018

DIY | IKEA Moppe Kids Book Storage - A collaboration with The Hairpin Leg Co


Our fifties home renovation is starting to take shape - more on that soon - and now that the living space is looking a little more 'finished', I thought it was time for Lily to have somewhere to keep her favourite books.

This project is a really simple way to get some stylish children's storage. I find so many children's products are brightly coloured or emblazoned with characters. I wanted something understated that would sit sympathetically in our living space as well as allow the beautiful book covers to shine.



I don't know about you, but I'm often looking at the IKEA website trying to figure out ingenious ways to re-purpose their products. The Moppe is made from birchwood ply - one of my favourite materials - and when turned on it's side - so the back becomes the base - it actually holds several books in 3 sections. 

To bring the book bin up to Lily's height I needed some legs to attach to the base, so I contacted The Hairpin Leg CoI felt their products would be a great fit for my project as well as the style of our home. I chose a set of 4 legs in white. which fits in so well with our fifties renovation. I love the combination of the light plywood and clean, crisp white of the mid-century Eames-inspired legs.











We removed the Moppe drawers, repurposing them as drawer dividers in Lily's wardrobe. Then we measured the base of the unit and cut an additional piece of 12mm plywood to size (readily available at DIY stores). We cut this in half lengthways and glued it to the base of the frame to add rigidity and allow enough depth for the screws which would hold the legs in place. 

Happily the hairpin legs sit perfectly flush with the base of the Moppe unit. Finally we added a set of The Hairpin Leg Co feet protectors - little rubber feet to protect our wooden floors from scratches.


Thank you so much to The Hairpin Leg Co for gifting us a set of their beautiful hairpin legs for this project.


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