Do It Yourself House Improvement Job: Simple Playroom Desk and Storage
If your home is anything like mine, you are endlessly searching for more storage for toys, craft materials, books, and games.
We Get It Clean I found and budget friendly and simple method to create more storage along with a substantial desk surface area for my kids to appreciate. I am not the handiest individual around so this no-tools project was just my speed!
Two large kitchen cabinets
One long piece of plywood - the width of the board must be a couple of inches more than the depth of your cabinets and the length ought to be the width of the 2 cabinets integrated plus adequate area for two chairs or barstools in the middle (perhaps another backyard and a half).
I began by visiting our nearby Habitat for Humanity Restore, where I was fortunate enough to discover two matching high-end maple kitchen cabinets that had small flaws. These were brand-new cabinets of outstanding quality for a fraction of the rate discovered at a home enhancement store. Although they are taller than a regular desk, I chose to use them with barstools, because barstools are a lot more "fun" in my kids' eyes than routine old chairs anyhow!
After discovering the cabinets, I went to the local house improvement shop and had them cut a nice sheet of wood to my specs. I wanted an area in between the 2 cabinets for the barstools so I had them cut the wood the depth of my cabinets (plus a couple of inches overhang). The length was the sum of the width of the two cabinets plus an extra lawn and a half approximately for the barstool area. They cut this at no additional charge and it cost about $40. We leased their truck for an hour at an expense of $19 to get the wood house, but for numerous with pick-ups and vans, this won't be essential.
At house, we put some felt pads on the bottom of the cabinets to safeguard the wood floorings and spaced them out along a large wall with enough room in between them for two barstools to be pushed in. Basically, the set-up is: cabinet - empty space - cabinet.
We located two maple barstools for $35 each at a regional furnishings outlet store which was it!
I had initially thought of painting, staining, or sealing the desktop to protect it, however then I reassessed. Why not just let the kids paint and draw freely and not worry about the $40 desktop? The paint splashes and doodling add an enjoyable, imaginative touch to the space and we can always buy a new piece of wood to replace it if it gets too untidy.
We hung a shelf (just a piece of wood and some brackets screwed into the studs) above the desk that is the length of the whole system and holds a minimum of a hundred books!
There you have it. A no-tools (or perhaps just a screwdriver and a level if you do the bonus) easy desk/storage system for your playroom or perhaps for a home office or garage. Kitchen cabinets provide a lot of storage, including drawers for smaller sized products, and the huge desk surface area is actually helpful for art tasks, play-doh sessions, and research!
Keep in mind to check for seconds and clearance items to keep this job budget friendly! The Habitat for Humanity stores and comparable stores are an excellent location to begin your search for decently-priced cabinets and barstools can be found on sale at most furniture outlets.