This is a bookshelf turned sideways that I turned into a bench!

    This is a bookshelf turned sideways that I turned into a bench!

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.



I love my wall mounting bookshelves.

I love my wall mounting bookshelves.

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.

This was a labor of love.

This was a labor of love.


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.

The kids school work station!

The kids school work station!


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!:)



Happy homeschooling!


About Trisha Perkins

Hi, my name is Trisha Perkins. I was born in St. George Ut, and raised in many different places. California, Texas, Panama, North Carolina, and Utah have all been home for me. My family moved back to St. George Ut after my father left the army. I was home schooled most of my school years, then enrolled for long distance schooling from an accredited high school. I taught gymnastics and swimming for 3 years. Then I realized I wanted to learn more about children, because I didn't know enough about them and I wanted to be prepared for motherhood. I taught montessori preschool for one year, then I went to a summer camp in New Mexico to teach horse back riding. Now I have to back up a little. A couple of my friends had gone to this same summer camp to teach the year before and one of their friends from camp tagged along with them back to St. George. Here enters the Pioneer. My life would never be the same. I tapped into a soul that I didn't know the voltage of. I met Barry Perkins. He proposed to me while scuba diving off of the Californa coast. We were married in the St. George temple on October 16th 2004. We have always wanted to give our children the best education. Leadership education! We wanted to travel and let them experience different cultures and countries and read great books and be a united family. So here we are starting off on a journey of a lifetime.

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  1. Justin Perkins says:

    You have been busy! Everything looks so organized…a place for everything and everything in its place. Awesome!!

    Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 05:11:47 +0000 To:

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