I think pretty much everyone has IKEA furniture. It is cheap, sturdy, and functional. It is not really very good looking, or inspirational. However, Limmaland have that covered (literally) with their stickers that transform the bland into brilliant.
I first became aware of Limmaland when I was looking for something to transform our box (yes, actually a box) into a kitchen. We use the box to store all the pots, pans, and pretend food but we don’t really have room for a kitchen. Limmaland make stickers that transform IKEA furniture and accessories into play items for children, and the stickers can make the box look more… umm… kitchen-y. So now, instead of a box we have an imagination station – “would you like cheese in your sandwich, Mummy?” says James, while Noah feeds me wooden strawberries.
Limmaland is a German company, started by two women whose passion for creating inspiring products is clear. “Limma” is Swedish for “stick”, which of course is a very apt name as IKEA is Swedish and the foils are made exactly for IKEA furniture and accessories. The stickers comply with European toy safety (EN-71) and are produced in a latex printing method that is ecologically friendly. They are solvent and odour free, so completely safe for children.
We were sent the airport runway sticker for the purposes of this review. It is a long, thin sticker that is made to fit the exact dimensions of the IKEA Trofast frame with three storage bins. When it arrived, I was a little bit nervous that such a long sticker would get bubbles and twists in it, and, although it was delivered just before we left to collect James from preschool, I decided to put it off until later. When we arrived home I changed my mind, decided it would be a fun screen-free way to end the day, and slid the foil onto the unit in no time. I’m talking so little time that I didn’t have two little boys at my elbows, wondering what I’m doing, adding pressure to an already tense task! No, it was so easy and smooth that it was only right at the finish when I was smoothing out the last of the bubbles that James noticed the airport and ran to get the first aeroplane toy he could find. The rest of the day was drowned out in “neeyowm” sounds, as well as the occasional burst of sirens due to a crash on the runway.
Since then, the surface has been rigorously tested with Playdoh, banging of blunt (and slightly sharp) objects, and pretty much everything two boys can throw at it (literally).
We also have the LACK table sticker that turns the boring white top into a little town. It is very durable, has a nice texture to it, and is resilient to the screeching tyres that are scraped over the roads all day long. It is also able to stand up to spaghetti sauce, which often dyes everything it touches orange.
We really love our Limmaland stickers as they have brightened up our functional (but bland) IKEA furniture.