The Ikea Flisat table is one of the most versatile products you can invest in for the playroom. Sold as a desk like table, the Flisat can be used for storage, art and crafts, and, best of all, sensory play!
We’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with how to incorporate the Flisat into our daily play and, together with our toddlers, have discovered some awesome Flisat hacks. We wanted to share our guide to the best Flisat Table hacks that we have used to enhance learning and play.
13 Best Ikea Flisat Table Hacks
With two young toddlers (currently aged 1 and 2) we’ve had a Flisat table in our playroom for the last couple of years. It gets incorporated into our play almost daily. These are our best Ikea Flisat Table hacks!
Flisat Table Hacks: Table Uses
The Flisat can easily be used as an arts and craft desk and, if you have trays, for toy or stationary storage. Our other favorite uses of the Flisat include:
1 | Transform the Flisat into a sensory table
This is the main reason why the Flisat table is such a sought-after playroom addition. The desk and storage aspects are great for sure but it is ability to transform the Flisat into a sensory table that makes it stand out.
With the addition of some Ikea Trofast trays the Flisat can then be used for sensory bins as a set up for sensory play. We have two 42 x 30 x 10 cm bins and four 20 x 30 x 10cm bins which we switch out depending on the type of sensory play.
By mixing up the bin sizes and depth it is easy to create a range of sensory play activities which will encourage interaction, learning and exploration.
Another bonus of the Flisat is that it can be set up so one or two kids can use it at the same time.
Flisat table hacks tip: our kids are 1 and 2 so we often set up identical sensory play activities using the same bin set up on each side of the table. It is also easy to construct two sets of age appropriate sensory bins so they can each engage in a separate activity.
Ikea Trofast Storage Trays: $2 to $4 + tax depending on size and depth.
2 | Use the Flisat as a weaning table
A weaning table is essentially just a table and chairs which are a comfortable height for toddlers to use independently. With two toddlers who eat together frequently during the day we love the concept of a weaning table and the Flisat is a perfect match.
The Flisat is the perfect height for snacking toddlers and allows them the independence to eat at a table rather than in their highchair. It also allows us to get on with other tasks while they eat independently and socialise together at the table!
Flisat table hacks tip: if you plan to use the Flisat table as a weaning table then check out hack 4 for the best chairs to accompany the table.
Flisat Table Hacks: Set up
There are a few options that work great for setting up the Flisat:
3 | Reduce the height of the Flisat table
Is the Flisat table too tall for your little one? An easy solution is to swap out the legs of the Flisat table with the legs of the matching Flisat stools. This will reduce the height of the table by about 20cm (8 inches) and the stool legs can be easily be switched out for the taller table legs as your little one grows taller.
Flisat table hack tip: The flisat is 48cm, or almost 19 inches tall. The stools are 28 cm (11 inches) tall.
Ikea Flisat Stools $17.99 + tax
4 | Use Latt chairs
Ikea have complemented the Flisat table with a matching stool. However, many parents prefer a seat with a back for younger kids. Our solution: switch out our Latt chairs from our Latt children’s table set. They work perfectly with the table!
Flisat table hacks tip: our kids love standing at the Flisat so you can easily go chair free if you wish. We just happened to have a Latt children’s table in our playroom already and figured the chairs work really well with the Flisat. It also works great when the kids are eating at the table.
Ikea Latt (table and chairs set) $29.99 + tax
5 | Stand little ones in the middle of the table
My one year old loves standing in the middle of table when she’s using the Trofast bins. It helps her navigate the table and the sensory play set up more easily and she’s less likely to run around with messy materials. Win win for both of us!
Flisat Table Hacks: Accessorizing
The dimensions of the Flisat table and the Trofast bins work really well with a variety of toys, some of which you might already have in your playroom.
6 | Sink Play
Our kids each have a play sink with taps which run water which they both adore. We pop one into the large Trofast bin on each side of the Flisat table: the sinks fit snugly into the bin so there’s no accidental toppling over. As a result, there’s very little mess and the sinks are at a perfect height for toddler play.
Make sure to put a towel under your little one so they don’t slip on any spilled water.
Ikea Flisat Table hack tips: we’ve been through a few play sinks (our toddlers are obsessed with running water!) and found it can be hit and miss how long they last. It can help to waterproof the battery compartment with some duct table so water doesn’t get in.
7 | Turn your Flisat into a light table
Light tables are a fantastic visual sensory tool and can be used to illustrate and explore a vast range of learning concepts. They are also expensive! One of our favorite Flisat hacks is that it can double up as a light table with the addition of some LED lights in the Trofast bin and a lid to create the light box effect. It works great with magnetic tiles and rainbow blocks.
Ikea Trofast lids $1 to $1.50 + tax depending on tray size, color changing LED light strip around $20 + tax from Amazon
8 | Use the Trofast lids for sensory play
The Trofast tray lids are only a few dollars extra and make for a great sensory play tool. Pom poms, paper straws and pipe cleaners can all be pushed through the lid much to the delight of younger kids.
Ikea Trofast lids $1 to $1.50 + tax depending on tray size
Flisat Table Hacks tip: some sensory play tools such as pom poms are a choking hazard. Always use materials which are suitable for your kids’ age and play level and never leave kids unattended when using any items which may be a choking hazard.
9 | Latches fun
If you have the Melissa and Doug Wooden Latches Board then pop it on top of one of the sensory trays in the Flisat. Our latches board got a new lease of play life when we did this!
Ikea Flisat Table hack tips: We just wanted to mention it as we know lots of you have the latches board and it’s great to get some extra mileage from an old toy! The Melissa and Doug latches board is a fantastic toy which is well loved in our playroom but we wouldn’t buy it specifically to put in the Flisat.
Melissa and Doug Wooden Latches Board, around $20 + tax from Amazon
10 | Lego time!
The Flisat makes a great Lego table with a few simple accessories which are a playroom essential for most toddlers! For a full guide on how to convert the Flisat into a Lego table check out our Ikea Lego table hack.
You will need a Duplo compatible building plate with a maximum size of 38.1 cm x 25.4cm (15 inches x 10 inches) so it fits on one Flisat table lid. Remember to purchase two building plates if you want to put one on each lid.
We used command strips to attach it to the Flisat table lid and store the Duplo pieces in a Trofast box under the Flisat.
Minimize the Mess!
Sensory play is often messy but we have a few Flisat table hacks that will help minimize the mess!
11 | Tape the corners
If you’ve used sensory fillers such as colored rice or play sand with the Flisat then you have probably have spent a considerable time trying to extract tiny particles of rice or flour from the corners of the table cut outs. We’re speaking from experience here!
We’ve found that sticking duct tape or painters tape in each of the corners prevents small bits getting stuck in the corners.
You’ll also need to stick some between the bins if you are using two small bins on either side.
Ikea Flisat Table hack tips: an old crib sheet placed around the table and bins will also work well for this.
12 | Organize supplies with a pegboard
Ikea also have a really functional Skadis pegboard which complements the Flisat perfectly and keeps all our Flisat table supplies neat and tidy in the playroom.
13 | Take it to the garden!
Sensory play often gets messy! If you have invested in a Flisat for the purposes of sensory play then don’t be afraid to take it to the garden! We often relocate outdoors when the weather permits and use sensory fillers including bird seed and play mud to have some fun in the garden.
Ikea Flisat Table tip: we only take our table outdoors for the duration of the sensory play. If you want to leave the Flisat outdoors for longer periods then you will probably need to consider treating the wood to weather seal the table.