I wanted to share an update that we made to our Ikea Homework Station. My husband built it a few years ago and it’s been one of the most-used spaces in our house, aside from the DIY murphy bed that he & my dad built.
The kids use this DIY Homework Station constantly. I use it, as well. I love to sit there to do my work, check emails, etc…
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 living room.
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. Below, I’ll share the directions to make the desk, the products we used, the accessories, and a few affiliate links that I could find online.
How we made our Homework Station from Ikea Furniture:
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. The 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.
I used to use InGolf Chairs that were $49.99 each from Ikea with Malida chair cushions that were $4.99 each. Now I have Parson’s Chairs from Kirklands (they are just more comfortable). They are similar to these chairs, although I wish I had seen these chairs sooner (so pretty)! 🙂
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 use the drawers to keep leveled books, text books, and workbooks.
I also keep a drawer with construction paper:
You get the idea…
That’s really all that there is to it. It works perfectly for what we need!
We even added a shelf (also purchased at Ikea) and light to give us more storage. I added a tiny cork board, too, for our kids to hang things or add important notes.
I love having the light because if the kids are doing their work in the evenings, it makes it bright and easy for them to use.
It’s worked out so well – the entire homework station.
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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