I’m so happy to call our study space “done”. Well, done for now, because each time I say “done”, we end up changing the room completely within a couple of months!
For reference, this space has evolved a bit over the past two years. When we first moved in, it looked like this. But, I finally feel like this room makes sense. For a while it was just another hallway to walk through that just happened to have books and board games.
Then it was going to be like another study space, but it never felt quite right after we hodgepodge-d it with a couple of leftover IKEA Expedits we had. I’m finally happy with this set up.
In this setup we went for a office/study space. I talk a bit more about the thought process here. It’s been working out really well. I usually keep it pretty neat and organized, since there is not a lot of desk space for things to collect. The right side is pretty open. When my mom visits, she uses it as her desk, but when she’s not here, I use it to do crafts, or work on homework projects with Bunny. The desks are nice in that 2 people can fit together with the ease of rolling a chair over.
I really like the wall shelves we came up with. Brian and I planned the design out at home before we went to IKEA. It’s the IKEA Valje shelves and as we were trying to figure out a layout, Brian used his mad Excel spreadsheet skills to “draw” it out for us on paper to see how we wanted everything laid out:
I store almost all our office related stuff in here. I keep envelopes in the top left, the center open shelves are school-related paperwork. The black magazine holders have Girl Scouts stuff, home file stuff, and printer paper. The next shelf is empty and holds nothing. The long shelf holds all scrapbook-related material. The last shelf with magazine holders are empty and hold extra file folders. I wanted to put all my craft things in here, but they’re living in an extra space in our master bedroom closet for now.
(I am constantly obsessed with storage space even if I have nothing to put in there. I think I like knowing that I can just keep it empty if I wanted to.)
I’m happy with how it turned out. It feels like a more complete space. (Don’t mind the hampers and laundry pile waiting for me in the family room!)
I think the total cost of the space came out to be around $800 (not including the picture frames). We’re happy with how it turned out. It’s nice enough for us with 2 young children without stressing about things getting messed up or broken. They love spinning around in the chairs!
Desks: IKEA Micke
Shelving: IKEA Valje
Lamps & Rug: Target
Picture Frames: Michaels (mostly)