Yesterday, I wrote about my decision to convert our playroom back to a study / craft room and the steps I took to complete the room at a fraction of the cost of the cabinetmaker’s quote. You can read about that here. Well, today I thought I would show you the completed room and some of the storage solutions I have put in place.
There were two essential things this room needed – lots of compartmentalized storage, and lots of bench space.
I love the Ikea Expedit units, so I used these as a basis for the design. I purchased 4 of the 4 cube units to sit under the benchtop on one wall, and cut one down to suit the width of the room. I chose not to have these attached to the each other, the wall or the benchtop so that I have the flexibility in the future to remove these if I wish. I got the builder to put timber moulding in the gap between the units and the benchtop though, to give the impression they were built in.
I wanted the room to look neat and to maximise the storage capability, so I purchased Lekman boxes to fill the units. To help keep track of where everything is stowed, I created little tags which I have attached to the fronts with string.
The benchtops I purchased from our local hardware store were meant for a kitchen or laundry, but are perfect for this set up. I got the builder to cut them to the size and attach them to the wall.
The empty benchtop above the Expedit units has given me a new space to craft. For the moment, most of my supplies are comfortably stored in the boxes below. Should I decide on some benchtop or wall storage of my most used items, there is heaps room to do this.
At one end of this bench I have set up a paperwork and mail station. I attached two lots of Kvissle newspaper racks from Ikea to the wall to help corral the family’s paperwork.
At the other end of the bench, I have used a large vase to store my wrapping paper. I was forever throwing out wrapping paper as it would get squished in the cupboard.
The benchtop on the other wall is for ‘office’ work. There is heap of room for my computer and printer with lots of bench left spare to do paper work.
I have neatened up my cables and stationery bits and pieces with other items from Ikea’s Kvissle range. You can see what nifty pieces they sell here.
Above this bench, I have attached two huge floating shelves to store books, everyday files and some nick nacks.
On the other side of the room, I have decided to keep it all pretty simple. We have some lovely big windows that let in the light, so I didn’t want to obstruct that.
I purchased the red chair from Freedom, so we still had a place to sit and read in the room.
On the day I found the chair, my husband fell in love with the big lighthouse print, so it came home with us too.
I am loving the new study / craft room. I feel I can get more done in this calmer, less cluttered environment. I did wonder whether the boys would miss having a room almost all devoted to their play, but the shake up has been great in more ways than one. I will share that with you soon.