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Savvy Mum Creates Kitchen Bar For £19 Using Genius IKEA Hack

October 20, 2021, 12:00 PM
  • Harriet Lees, 24, was fed up with how much space her kitchen table was taking up
  • She decided to use a £19 IKEA floating shelf to create a breakfast bar
  • The final touches were £70 Argos stools and £6 DC Fix

If you’re short on space in your kitchen but don’t want to spend thousands renovating, take a leaf out of this money-saving mum’s book.

Harriet Lees, 24, a mum of two from Telford, was fed up with how much space her kitchen table was taking up, but didn’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a breakfast bar.

Instead, Harriet came up with the genius idea of using an IKEA floating shelf costing just £19, which was big enough to sit at and eat at, but small enough to give her the space her kitchen needed.

She bought four stools at Argos for £70 and wrapped them with £6 DC Fix to complete the look.

Harriet told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: "I came up with the idea because I’ve never been happy with my table in the kitchen as it always took up too much room.

"I use Pinterest a lot and searched some space-saving hacks and came across loads of space-saving tables.

"I went straight to IKEA and was looking at tables.

“I saw a floating shelf and shelves with brackets, put two and two together and thought ‘what a good idea’.

“I thought 'I’ve got space to put that on the wall where the table was’.

"I also bought two brackets for extra support.

“I'd definitely recommend doing this with somebody else, as we had to level it all out before we screwed in the bracket.

“I'd advise to put another two brackets each side of the shelf for extra support.

“The total cost was £95.

“The floating shelf was from IKEA for £19, I bought four stools at Argos for £70, and I also wrapped the stools using DC Fix for a personal touch.

“I bought the DC Fix at B&Q for £6.

“My top tip for the people who are wanting to wrap with DC Fix is to use a hairdryer on low heat.

“It melts the DC Fix and gives it a smooth finish for round surfaces."

Harriet is delighted with the result of her affordable breakfast bar, and says it’s transformed the look and feel of her kitchen.

"I can’t believe the result,” she adds. "I love it, the kids love it and I also have the space back in my kitchen.

“The bar fits a full sized plate and the kids love eating from it.

“It saves space and I feel I have my kitchen back.

“It was very simple and very easy to do, nothing that I struggled with.

"I didn’t have the money at the time to fork out on an expensive bar that would have probably been a few hundred pounds, so I’m really happy with the result!"

Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “Breakfast bars can typically cost hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

“I’d never have thought you could get one for less than £20, but Harriet’s idea of using an IKEA floating shelf is genius!

“Her new table set up is stylish, cool, and really wallet-friendly and simple to copy.

“I also love the look of the Argos stools and the DC Fix.

"DC Fix is one of my favourite materials to give your home a stylish effect without spending a fortune.

“Using that finishing touch makes the stools absolutely perfect for the space!"

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