Simple Play Kitchen Sink and Stove

Submitted by Ana White on Thu, 11/14/2019 - 12:10
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Build your own play kitchen and customize and accessorize to match your home.  This childrens kitchen is so adorable! Our free plans use off shelf materials and simple building skills.  This plan is for the play kitchen sink and stove.  We also have free plans for the matching play kitchen fridge.  Step by step diagrams, shopping and cut list from Ana-White.com

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Photos by Kirsten from The Crafting Chicks

Play Kitchen Stove and Sink Features

  • Built thousands of times over almost a decade!
  • Easy to build using all 1x materials - just chop and screw or nail togethter
  • Easy to paint, decorate and customize to match your home's decor or child's preference
  • Solid wood construction - no particle board and no MDF
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Perfectly sized to work with most accessories
  • Modular design - easy to move and you can build exactly what you want

How It's Build

This play kitchen is built using 1x12s for the carcass.  Then, 1x2s, 1x3s and 1x4s are added to create support and finish the shape of the play kitchen.

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photo by Liv's Mommy

You can used 2" self tapping screws, 1-1/4" brad nails or 1-1/4" pocket holes to build.  You will need a couple of pocket holes in the doors.

Apron Sink Modification

We love how may of our readers are adding apron sinks to the sink bases.

play kitchen farm sink  farmhouse sink play kitchen

Photos and Design by Carol Noel

Here's how to make this apron sink modification:

farm sink modification play kitchen

  1. Build the base as directed in the plans below without the 1x4 front apron and without the middle shelf
  2. Cut 2 - 1x4 @ 1-3/4" long and attach to sides at top (will be directly below the countertop, and to the right and left of the sink)
  3. Add a shelf directly below the 1x4 side pieces (this will be the bottom of the sink) 1x12 or 1x10 @ 14-1/2" long
  4. Build the farm sink with 1x6s (with no bottom)
  5. Place the farm sink on the shelf and attach with nails and glue
  6. Cut the countertop out around the sink and attach

Play Kitchen Fridge Plan Options

To complete your childrens kitchen, add a play fridge!  We have two options - 

childrens kitchen

The Simple Play Kitchen French Door Fridge is a little wider and features double doors.  

Photo by In Between Chaos

The narrower single door fridge plans are available here.

Dimensions
play kitchen plans dimensions
20" high x 16" wide x 12" deep

Preparation

Shopping List

Shopping List is For ONE base (sink or stove)

  • 1 - 1x12 @ 8’ long
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 14-1/2" long
  • 1 - 1x2 @ 30"
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 30"
  • 1 – scrap piece of plywood (I use beadboard) 16"x20". You could omit this if needed.

Additional Supplies for Stove

  • 1 - 1x3 @ 30"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 18"
  • 4 knobs
  • 1 set of hinges
  • 1 magnetic clasp
  • 1 - 11" x 20" piece of acrylic glass

Cut List

Base for Both Sink and Stove (cut list is for one)

  • 2 - 1x12 @ 20” Sides 
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 14 1/2” Toekick 
  • 1 - 1x12@ 14 1/2” Bottom Shelf
  • 1 - 1x10 @ 14-1/2" Middle Shelf
  • 1 - 1x12@ 16 1/2” Countertop 
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 16 1/2” Backsplash 
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 14 1/2" Front of Sink 
  • 1 - 16" x 20" piece of plywood for the back (optional)

Stove Door (large gaps)

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 14"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 8-3/4"

Stove Door (small gaps)

  • 2 - 1x3 @ 14-1/4"
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 9"
Cutting Instructions

Cut all the boards first with either a compound miter saw or a circular saw with a straight edge used as a guide.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

You can use different methods depending on your tool set to build this play kitchen stove or sink.

  • 2" self tapping screws like these 
  • 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue (recommend an 18 gauge brad nailer)
  • A Kreg Jig with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws

I personally would just nail and glue this together.

Instructions

Step 1

Attach the 1x2 and 1x4 apron to the sides.

Recommend: 1-1/4" brad nails and glue.

Step 2

Add the bottom shelf, fasten to both the sides and the 1x2s.

Step 3

The shelf can be placed at any height.  

Step 4

Attach the backsplash to the top first.

Then attach the entire top to the base.

Step 5

Build the door with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.

Attach acrylic glass to the back with either craft glue or hot glue or predrill holes and attach with screws.  Just make sure the screws DO NOT have a bevel on the back of the screw head.

This completes the sink base build.  You can now accessorize by adding a sink bowl, curtains, faucet - the options are endless.

Step 6

To make the base into a play kitchen stove, you'll need to add a stove door.

Install the stove door.  I recommend a side swing so no little toes get bruised with a up and down swing. Install a magnet to keep the door closed.

Install handle and four knobs.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any exposed holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary. Sand with medium grit sandpaper. Clean project and work surface. Prime and paint as desired.
Finish Used
Finishing. Fill any nail holes with wood filler and sand, paint, and enjoy! Oh, don't forget to put your sink in (glue not recommended, Grace's is glued in, and it would be nice to be able to take the sink out and clean it).
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Comments

kimthomp (not verified)

Sun, 11/20/2011 - 19:02

I love the look of these...but my daughter is 7 and quite tall for her age. Wondering if there were plans available for a similiar set that was maybe 48 inches high? (fridge) and

KarenK1122 (not verified)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 19:04

Thanks for this awesome plan, Ana! I was sent a link to your site this afternoon and immediately fell in love with this kitchen. My son is 18 months and absolutely loves to "cook" with my pots and pans and his play food. We decided to get him a play kitchen for Christmas, but I was having the hardest time finding a good quality one at non-PBKids prices. I was SO excited when I saw this (3pm), that I went straight to Lowe's (4pm), borrowed my neighbor's nail gun and jigsaw (5pm), ate dinner and put my guy to bed (6-8pm), and had the sink done by 9pm. It looks incredible and it came together so perfectly. I can't wait to build the rest of the set! Thank you so much! :D

Ranina

Tue, 08/28/2012 - 01:22

My daughter has always wanted to have her own kitchen where to play.This is why I've decided to build a playhouse kitchen for her and your projects were very useful.I've already made the furniture and now I am building the sink.I still have to buy some kitchen accessories from the Oregon Knife Shop in order to have everything ready.

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MrsJDT

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 07:26

Hello! We love your site and have built many things over the years. One of these days I’ll get some brag posts up!

Next up is this play kitchen for our girls. Yay! Can you please tell me what age/height this is geared for? Our girls are 6, 4, and 2, so I know it’ll fit some better than others. However, I was looking online at play kitchen kits too, and this looks smaller than those. Any rough guesstimate would be helpful. Thanks!

~MelissA