I have always liked working with wood. I have never done any big projects though. I have been contemplating how I wanted the school room set up for my kids this year and I tossed around a few ideas and came up with a few designs. This wood bench is one of them. I wanted a reading spot for the children and I had an ugly cheap bookshelf that only held books until the baby decided to redecorate ( Which happened on a daily basis.). So I turned the bookshelf on it’s side and took some measurements and headed to Lowes. I used wood that was 16 in. wide. I was really happy with myself because I threw this together in the wood shop in one day. I added a cushion and pillows later and the kids really love lounging on the bench!
I had another project (My wall mounting bookshelves) on the burner because I made some wrong measurements and I had to go back to the wood shop to fix it a couple of times. My wall mounting bookshelves took a lot longer to finish. I have a great friend that watched my kiddos while I headed back to the wood shop! I have loved having the books out of the babies reach. Except for the board books that have a place under the reading bench.
My school room was really coming together by I had one more idea that I wanted to implement. I wanted a folding cabinet with a built in desk that would hold my children’s work boxes and close up when we were done with work. I have had a hard time with school because Nolan will get into everything and I wanted a clean and organized way to keep my kids school stuff out of reach when school was done. I have seen bi-fold bookshelves in the nurseries of almost every church building I have been in so that was part of my inspiration and the other was the Ikea workbox shelves. I built it with 3/4 in thick pine and 1/8 ply wood for the back and front.
The inside of the folding cabinet I designed to hold a lot of our schooling supplies like, scissors, tape, glue, stickers etc, I store on the right side. I also have assorted beads, colored paper clips, and small crafty items in some sorting boxes that I have in the top left hand side of the right door that folds out. The left side holds paper, stencils, construction paper, extra workbooks, math manipulatives, and boxes that hold colored pencils, markers and crayons labeled for each of the kids so I don’t have to look for all the colors of the rainbow when it is time to color. I just grab the right box and they have all the colors they need.
This project took a long time but I really feel accomplished and love using this workbox cabinet with my children! I am a visual learner so this has made a bid difference in my ability to prepare my children’s school work. Now I just need to work up some plans so I can share this project with other homeschoolers or crafters!:)