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DIY Ikea Latt Hack: Upcycling a broken chair

Every’s got Ikea in their homes, right? And when it comes to generic flat pack Swedish design, Ikea is THE choice. So naturally everyone loves an Ikea hack. Whether this is done by yourself or just browsing through Pinterest checking out everyone’s handy work. I have worked on numerous Ikea hacks for our home, especially #JasperBean’s play kitchen and storages. A couple of years ago, I tried my hands on the Ikea Latt table and chairs, I wanted it to be playful, yet useful. I painted the frames and added a chalk board on the table so that he can draw straight on it. Additionally, I added a roll of paper underneath the table so that if he wished to draw with crayons/paint, he can do that too. We were so happy with our Ikea Latt hack.

Ikea Latt Hack before and after

So, ok, I did this hack back in 2016, that’s old news. Why am I only posting about it now? Because until recently, everything was perfect. That is until S decided sit on one of the chairs and break it. Luckily, the frame is pinewood and stayed intact. Unfortunately, the part where you put bum on is plastic coated MDF. That did not withstand the weight of a full grown man. I on the other hand have sat on it numerous times, but then I am a lot lighter than S.

I racked my brain on how I could fix this, I didn’t want to throw away something that was “perfectly” good. With 2 boys, I wanted and needed something quick and easy. Something that was also not messy and most importantly safe. I thought about buying another piece of wood and cutting it to size, but then I would need to find one that was the exact thickness as well. And there was no guarantee it would not give in like the last time. Especially when I never know when the boys may want to climb on it and do whatever their hearts tell them to.

The other week, my mum showed me a picture of when I was younger and sitting in a weaved chair. Now, you can find these rainbow coloured chairs everywhere and it dawned on me that this was my answer.

My second Latt hack!

I immediately went on Amazon and ordered some white cotton twine to start my project. Sadly, Amazon failed me and said my order was delivered when it never turned up. After a week of waiting for the ‘delivered’  order to turn up. I went searching again. Whilst shopping in the supermarket, I came across some replacement washing line (20m) for a bargain price of £2 (the cotton twine would have set me back an eye watering £9.99).

Armed with my £2 washing line, I set to work. I don’t know what the name of the weave is, I don’t actually know if it even has a name. I kind of just made it up as I went along.

Ikea Latt Hack Chair weaveIkea Latt Hack Chair weave

Tip: When weaving, don’t wound the line too tightly. Gently pull the line through the weave, because if you do this part too aggressively or fast, the line with rub against one another and snap.

Ikea Latt Hack FinishedIkea Latt Hack Chair weave finished

There you have it! My Ikea Latt chair (and table) hack. Let me know what you think and if you are inspired to do something like this, tag me over on Instagram (@msmamabean).

Thanks for reading and until next time…

Love, MsMamabean x


30 April 2020 at 2:29 pm

One of the particle boards on our chairs broke and i have been searching for a fix that did not require a woodshop- this is brilliant!!! thank you!

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