Way back here, I posted about the kid needing to transition from a play table to a desk. She was resistant. And then, one day, she told me that her play table's chairs were too small for her. Huh? She dramatically demonstrated that her feet touched the ground and that, in her words, her "knees bent too much." Yeah. Right. Is she so used to sitting in chairs that are too big for her that she did not realize that a 90 degree knee angle was kind of de rigueur?
I was a little confused, but then I remembered that we'd just looked at a house where "her room" would have had a built in desk. This was it.
Yeah, she was angling her way back to that.
I did a little Googling and found out that IKEA has some components that I could easily hack, so we headed off to the store one rainy weekend. I looked at the Stuva line of kid's furniture - cabinets, bookshelves and benches that played together nicely.
In the end it was that last photo that was truest to my reality. I had initially intended to incorporate the desk into it, or the bench. But, the bench and drawer units were all 23.75" deep and the cabinets and bookcases were all 11.75" deep. And the desk unit was too low - the same as her play table. I fiddled around a bit with options and configurations to go along the wall across from her closet, but nothing worked perfectly and I could not inure myself to the wonky side view caused by the varying depths... Then that bottom picture saved the day. The wall beind the stairs, filled with bookcases currently, and pretty unusuable space (you need to be able to walk through there and a desk chair would impede that), would be great with a long row of storage like that. She could sit on it, stack things on it, stash things in it.
So I bought 5 units. All with doors. I can return the doors if I decide to leave some open as book storage. I can't wait to get these in place on gleaming hardwood floors. Oh and in front of her chosen wall color: Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. How does a 7 year old know about paint colors? Is she a prodigy? No. She simply told me that she wants "the same color as our family room."
Next up, a rug for the far side of the room by the closet, where the play table will live. For now.