Have children, shop at Kmart. It’s pretty much a given, right?
But the latest trend for Kmart lovers is to repurpose popular items. And these next level kid-friendly and very clever Kmart hacks are taking social media by storm.
If you need another reason to make a beeline to Kmart, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite Kmart repurposing hacks, direct from the minds of clever parents with little ones. From the nursery to the play room, these beyond brilliant Kmart upcycle ideas have uncovered a whole new world of awesomeness.
1. Dog Bed to Bean Bag Chair
Bean bag chairs are a popular item for playrooms across Australia. But when you add up the cost of the chair and the 2,000 beans it takes to fill it (plus the time spent trying to fill the damn thing without spilling the Styrofoam all over the floor), is it really worth it?
Mum-of-two Megan Nicole didn’t think so, especially when there were perfectly good bean bag alternatives only a few aisles away in Kmart’s pet section.
And her toddlers LOVE them.
2. Step Stool to Toddler Table
Scrap the bulky high chair. Clever mums stick to step stools as the perfect servery for their pint-sized eaters. The $19 Kmart Bamboo Step Stool doubles as a terrific table/chair set for toddlers.
Just ask mum of one, Lisa Wishart, who shared a picture of her 20-month-old daughter Chloe using the step stool at mealtime in Facebook group Kmart Mums Australia. For $19, you can’t get any cheaper than that!
3. Beach Trolley to Port-O-Cot
The Kmart Foldable Beach Trolley ($49) is another Kmart product to have a massive impact on the Internet world. Not only is it handy for pretty much ANY outing with kids, but it also doubles as a great cot on the go. Simply add some padding to the bottom of the trolley and you’ve got the perfect portable cot, just like that.
Of course, the Beach-Trolley-cum-Baby-Bed is on everyone’s ‘want list’ so stock is VERY, VERY limited. Contact your nearest Kmart store and they may be able to find one for you.
4. Shower Caddy to Bottle Holder
Next we have the shower caddy hack which has officially solved that annoying baby bottle storage problem we all have. Rather than stack your baby bottles on the shelf or chuck them into a drawer, a mum from Texas made her very own baby bottle storage system… out of a shower caddy.
The specific shower caddy she used (picture above) isn’t sold at Kmart, but they do have similar ones, including the Family Shower Caddy ($10). You can even add hooks for dummy storage. Brilliant! And when baby grows, use it for water bottles.
5. Book Shelf to Baby Wardrobe
From the pantry to the nursery, our next hack solves the baby clothing storage problem. You can buy designer baby wardrobes to store your little one’s itty bitty baby items.
Or, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost.
All you need is the black Kmart Three Tier Bookshelf ($35). Add a dowel and you’ve got yourself a perfectly suitable space for storage. That’s another win for Kmart!
6. Ice Cube Tray to Bento Lunch Box
Give your child’s lunch box a makeover as well. And for only $4.50.
And this is only the beginning of the fun these little storage compartments can offer! You can store all sorts of things in it – dummies, small toys, LEGO, coins, craft supplies. The list goes on and on and on.
7. Towel Rack to Teddy Zoo
We will end our clever Kmart hacks round-up with the Kmart Bamboo Towel Rail With Frame ($25). With a little bit of pizzazz, you can easily convert it into a sneaky stuffed animal storage holder. Because we all know how bulky those stuffed teddies can be!
We love this clever idea from Jade McKnight, who added painted railings to the front and back for the ultimate Teddy Zoo.
This versatile little rack can be used for a number of other things too. I converted it into a dress-up corner for my daughter, which now holds her array of princess dresses and accessories. She has easy access to her costume closet (shown below) and sometimes even manages to hang the dresses up after she tries them on 15 times a day… sometimes.
Of course, these are only a few of the ways mums have made-over Kmart products. What we love about these clever ideas is that they are easy and require zero (or minimal) DIY effort. No trips to Bunnings necessary.
Have any other Kmart upcycle ideas to share? Make sure you add them in the comments section below. And check out our latest Kmart articles for all things Kmart-related. If you’re also a fan of Ikea, then have a look at these cool Ikea Hacks for Your Kids’ Bedrooms.