Okay, so maybe that is a *slight* exaggeration, but it sure feels like that! We have a room in our house that was coined the “playroom” when we built the house. But as the kids have grown, so the purpose of this room has as well. It was once only play and craft, but has now become our school room. My scrapbooking is no longer in there (aside from some inactive storage), but my sewing is still at home in this room. In 5 short years, this room has seen many changes, reorganizations, purges, happiness and frustration. It’s really not a large room, just the size of a standard bedroom. So we’re expecting a lot from it. Because of it’s small size, organization and function is key to happiness. I’ve tried several different things and, while each was an improvement, I still was frustrated by the hodgepodge of random furniture and stuff in it.
I decided it was time to do another *big* purge and some new furniture. I marched (well, okay drove, it’s 15 miles, I wasn’t walking) to Home Depot and bought one of these 9-cubbie cases from Home Depot (Sold under the Martha Stewart label for $44.99).
Now, we normally have a zero tolerance policy for purchased furniture. However, the price on these is decent for the quality. Will they last a lifetime, absolutely not! However, for the time being when the best cabinet maker I know is booked out 6 months, they work.
Well, I already had one 9 cubbie and I also had a 6 cubbie. I put all three together and gave puppy dog eyes to the said busy cabinetmaker who graciously cut me a top for it (even rounding the corners so the clumsy wife doesn’t poke out a kidney). We purchased some new taller stools and I am one HAPPY teacher Mom!!!
I love to stand while I teach (craft as well) and this is plenty large enough for me to stand, to have all my teaching resources right at my hands AND give the kids enough work space to do big projects. The kids even liked it so much they stayed for a couple hours after finishing school yesterday to play there. Yup, I’d say it’s a success!
Now, note for you scrapbookers who are hoping to have an affordable awesome desk, these cubbies are too small for scrapbooking paper. They are only 11”, so papers won’t fit in them. Yes, I cried along with you. They could have made them just a little bit bigger and I think sold many more!
(I tried to do more photos, but my 18-55mm lens broke. I simply must call Canon because I’ve had it less than a year and it’s has just seized up (and I rarely use it). But this room is too small to get photos with my 50mm, so this is all you get).