As the girls are growing up so their needs change with them; now we have computer laptops on which they access Mathletics and Bug Club, two websites offered by the school to help with their learning. That was year 2. Now we’re in year 3 and there’ll be weekly homework, spellings, maths, French and who knows what else will come our way?
I like helping them out, I like to make sure they are doing homework and not staring off into space or being distracted by toys in the bedroom so I wanted to change my workspace into an area where it would be comfortable for us all and above all practical.
Last year I worked with IKEA on storage solutions and we were sent this fabulous shoe cupboard which is a godsend for keeping shoes, flip flops, sandals and trainers in one easy to find place for the entire family. Now I needed to create a communal space for work study and play.
I sent through details of what I was looking for and asked whether they could help? They asked for precise measurements and they sent them all off to one of their expert designers, Marie Tenglund who drew up a plan.
I explained that the girls love craft, especially Hama beads and activities that take more than one go to complete. This created a problem as they were working on the dining table and come meal times their works of art would need to be moved out of the way. Any parent dealing with Hama beads will know that moving half finished works of art made of Hama beads is NEVER a good idea. The amount of times I have seen them disintegrate as I hover from table to my desk sending the tiniest beads bouncing all over the floor.
My previous desk was too small for all three of us but to move it would mean losing the fabulous storage unit – also IKEA which was home to so many bits and pieces.
We now have a long desk, you see it tidy (ish) to put the design in it’s best light for the photo, it isn’t always like this. Normally there are colouring books and felt tips scattered over, pieces of cut paper and my mess at the other end by the window.
The cupboards hide a multitude of sins too. Art materials, books, paperwork, charging leads, all sorts goes in there.
Then there is the shelving unit on the opposite wall. They are three separate units that stand together and are incredibly spacious. The boxes hold a whole range of odds and ends!
To top off the look, my new computer which after years of an 11″ screen laptop is the Best Thing Ever.
Easy to assemble
There was a lot to put together and it involved moving other furniture around so the assembly took place over two weekends. The first was the shelving unit and the desk and the second weekend the cupboards and the bar holding all our pens and small bits.
Easy to care for
Literally wipe clean. I have had a few felt pens that have marked the surface but nothing a magical eraser can’t handle.
Disclosure: IKEA sent me the furniture pieces you see in these photos for the purpose of this post. All words, images and opinions are my own.