A space for work, study and play: IKEA

IKEA office space

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.

Expedit bookcase and desk - Ikea

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.

ikea desk

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.

ikea desk computer

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.

IKEA work space

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14 Comments

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:18 PM

      It’s an excellent area Anya, it’s worked out really well and allows the girls to keep projects on the go without ruining them.

  1. September 21, 2015 / 7:28 PM

    It looks wonderful, how nice that you can all sit down and work together! I really like how you have the open shelves for things that you need regularly and then the cupboards above for extra storage.

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:19 PM

      The trouble with the open shelves (as you can see) is it’s too easy to shove stuff ‘away’ in them so can look untidy. I must be more organised – this is my life motto.

  2. September 21, 2015 / 7:54 PM

    wow what a great solution, I can just see you all there working side by side.

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:20 PM

      Luckily they have headphones so I am not disturbed by Minecraft or Barbie!

  3. September 21, 2015 / 9:15 PM

    Oh Mari I’m so envious, I’d love to create an area where we can all be together yet completing different tasks – it looks wonderful

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:21 PM

      Work on it, it took me a few years but I’m so pleased we did as it’s the perfect place for us, it means I can work and they can play next to me.

  4. September 22, 2015 / 5:46 PM

    I love Ikea – it’s great value for money and looks really stylish at the same time x

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:21 PM

      Me too Cass, I’m working on our bedroom next as I’ve seen other bits that are just gorgeous .

  5. September 23, 2015 / 2:31 PM

    It looks great!! We have a very similar IKEA unit and long desk. x

    • September 25, 2015 / 5:22 PM

      Long desks are the way forward, I just have to remember to tidy up when I finish at the end of the day!

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