We finally made our Ikea Homework Station that we had been putting off for about a year. My husband builds it for me and I love it! (He can build just about anything- like our DIY wall bed that he & my dad made!)
I knew that I wanted a homework station, but I couldn’t figure out where to put it. There wasn’t really wall-space in our kitchen and I didn’t want it in the living room. I decided to put it in our “white room” (yes, a room that has all white furniture… and yes we have four kids). I had a little spot against the wall, in the corner of the room, where we decided to put it and it has been perfect. It is a built-in desk and I love it.
How we made it: First, we bought two of these Linnmon white Ikea table tops for $6 each.
My husband cut one of them in half because together they were too long. He then uses brackets to hold the table together (He reinforced it by using three of them). He screwed two pieces of wood to the wall to create a ledger. This is what the table sits on. You can then nail the tabletop to the ledger (nail it on an angle)
We bought the buckets and dial rod at Ikea, as well. The buckets were $7 each (Fintorp Flatware Caddy). The Fintorp Rail was $9. Total for these is right around $37. (They have plastic ones for 99 cents, but I really loved these ones!)
We filled them with everything that they would need to do their homework. Pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, erasers, highlighters, and markers.
I bought this little black organizer at Home Goods on clearance for $7.00 and I use it to keep their homework. We always know where it is (away from any food or water that could reach it and ruin it, since they can’t eat in this room). You can write on it with chalk, too.
The InGolf Chairs were $49.99 each from Ikea and the Malida chair cushions were $4.99 each.
We found the end table at Hobby Lobby and my husband cut the legs off of it, to make it the right height to hold the desktop.
I love it because I use it to store all of their school supplies! I keep a box with leveled books for our Kindergartener.
I keep a drawer with construction paper:
I keep a drawer with a white pad of paper:
You get the idea…
That’s really all that there is to it. It works perfectly for what we need!
The kids come home right after school and take their backpacks into that room to “unload” their work. They then bring their lunch boxes into the kitchen and drop their empty back-packs off at our DIY mudroom bench that my husband built.
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