For the past five months, we’ve made due with our little folding table in the school room. It was fine for actually getting work done on, but there was very little room to spread out and the kids’ supply caddies always threatened to crash onto the floor because they kept sliding too close to the ends.
The three of us inevitably got a little cranky sometimes being in each other’s way, which puts a damper on the whole learning process.
We had talked about purchasing an old dining or kitchen table, but after I mentioned this one from Confessions of a Homeschooler, my husband was sold on the idea of building a similar model.
So this weekend, we went to Lowe’s and bought all of the supplies: 4 shelves in espresso color, 4 Closet Maid Storage Units, 4 studs, and hardware.
The four storage units became the table “legs”.
The hubs building a frame out of the studs to attach underneath the tabletop.
Here it is all put together! The table top, made from the four shelves side by side, ended up being 4 ft. x 6 ft. wide, more than enough room for us.
After everything was built, the kids added shelves to each of the four storage units and put their books inside. My teacher’s guides are now stored in the unit on Colton’s left, much more convenient than having them on the kitchen desk.
It ended up being higher than we anticipated, but we plan to get counter stools sometime soon. Until then, the kids will sit on pillows atop their chairs to add height! We’re nothing if not resourceful. 🙂
Overall, I am very happy with how it turned out. This allows the kids plenty of space to spread out while they’re working, and I have an entire side for my binder and even my laptop! And no more diving to catch a caddy before it crashes to the floor, either.
The kids were so excited about our new table that they wanted to start school this morning, even though it’s Sunday. I sure hope that excitement lasts for a while!
I love this table idea! My daughter is definitely too young for home school yet but I am constantly on the look out for ideas and ways to conserve space and increase functionality!
I love this table idea! Thank you for sharing.
What a great idea!! This would be perfect for an office or craft room, too! #HomeMattersParty
I just pinned this! I love it! Getting ideas for possibly homeschooling #HomeMattersParty
Came out great! It’s so important in homeschooling to have a great space to work in 🙂 #HomeMattersParty
Michelle James says
What a beautiful table! I agree, it would be a great craft table as well! #HomeMattersParty
Wow, Love this idea. As Jamie said, this will be perfect as craft table. I am trying out to find one, if not I think I should follow something like this and built my own.
Jeanne Grunert says
Love it! It really looks like a useful yet comfortable school room and desk. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty
Crystal Green says
This is a nice set up for the kids. I know in our home we have changed our homeschool setup so many times it’s ridiculous. It seems as the years progress the more we need.
Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty. I’m glad we are co-hosts together.