It’s been about two years since the kids and I went on a fun trip to get desks. We had a lot of room in our craft room/office and I wanted them to each have their own place to do homework. But, I didn’t want to spend too much on furniture that might not fit into the next house. Since we already had a lot of storage for school supplies, I wanted a simple tabletop for each of them.
Since I’ve moved to Tampa and been near an Ikea, it’s become my go to store for furniture and storage items. You can’t beat the prices and I’m not as worried about it becoming damaged in a future move. There are still areas where I want nice furniture but there are a lot of places where Ikea is just right, such as these desks.
For under $100, we were able to buy two tabletops, two sets of legs and two swivel chairs. The most difficult part of our adventure was choosing the chairs. I had a vision for chairs that was a little different from the kids. They both wanted different colors and different styles and I eventually steered them towards a single color, single style even though it wasn’t exactly the color I wanted.
Originally I set up the desks in the middle of the room and they faced each other. This worked okay but they would easily distract each other and the desktops seemed to be constantly messy. This prompted furniture move #2 in the craft room and their desks went up against a wall.
It turned out that the scrap book supply cubes I bought years ago were the exact same height as the desks and helped to contain some of the clutter that had spread over their desks. And, I finally put labels on the drawers and it really helped with keeping things organized!
I tend to get a project to 95% finished and call it good enough. Labels are usually part of that last 5% that I don’t get to. In the last year, I’ve been much better about adding labels and I am seeing why it is so useful. Not to mention cute! I still give myself a pat on the back every time I realize how helpful they are.
Each of the kids has a drawer to stash anything they’d like to help keep the clutter off of their desks. Then I have places for glue, string, stamps and crayons. There is a drawer for paper, a drawer for random craft supplies and a drawer for cards. I recently went through and went through the cards. There were a lot of good intentions in there…that never got mailed. I decided if I hadn’t sent out the Thanksgiving cards in 5 years, I probably wasn’t going to get to that!
I bought each of the kids a desk calendar in an attempt to help them stay better organized. I was mostly thinking of my son, who I thought could benefit from a monthly overview instead of the weekly planner he brings home from school. My daughter was self motivated and has hers all filled out with special dates and homework due dates and his is still pretty much blank!
They each have a caddy on or near their desks which corral some of the junk that flows in. We clean them out every once in a while when they start to overflow. We’ve had them for years and they have always been useful in one way or another.
And finally, we have a lot of pencils! I bought this divided copper container at Homegoods once and have been searching for a good place for it. It’s a little short to store my kitchen utensils but it turns out to be a great place to store markers, pencils, scissors and rulers.
The wall that the desks are on is a 16 foot wall and it was overwhelming to figure out what to put on the wall. Originally it was going to have our college degrees on there but I thought it was a little boring. When I moved the kids’ desks to this wall, it would have been cute to add bulletin boards and some of their projects but we just left it as is.
Now that my daughter’s room has been updated, she wanted her desk upstairs, so this area just has my son’s desk. A few other things have been moved around and as soon as the new shelves are decorated, I’ll post the whole craft room/office!