Our ‘green room’ (named that because it is painted green) was once our office and when I started to stay home we played tetris with the house and moved the office down to the lowest level and the green room was supposed to be a playroom. Open areas for dancing or bouncing. A cozy chair for reading. A futon for watching the occasional VHS and for visiting relatives.
The reality of that was that the open space got full of random stuff. The cozy chair was used to read bedtime stories but it was not a favorite place. The futon sees plenty of use but the room lacked that ‘something’ that makes kids want to be in it. It became a pass through room. The kids would play pony or barbie far more often in their room that is a quarter of the size and aside from a few fun dance parties the space was never really used.
A few weeks ago we decided it was time to create a space for a kid computer. Niamh can use a computer just fine and Zoe is getting there and Fiona is a key smasher so the desk had to be tall. We also lacked storage in the room so I thought about solutions and figured out how to meld the storage with a desk and divide the room into a more cozy set of areas BUT the divider is not too visually dividing so the room still feels open.
Here is the before
and after (don’t mind the bediapered baby, she was fresh from the bath)
The space has been used 100% more even though the computer is not actually set up yet. They have played in the space, I’ve chosen to sit in the chair times other than reading. It must be a room that just craves a computer 🙂
There is still a barstool style chair to add (on the way) and I need to tidy the shelves a bit and do something with cords but it works. Not shown, the pink table is on the other side of the divide so there is still a nice place for Fiona to
chew crayons color. The shelf is deep enough that I have two rows of books, each facing out on a different side. Overall I am very happy with this change and I’m just as happy with the price and I know in the future I will be happy to repurpose the pieces since none of this is permanent.
In a related story I’m working on summer plans and floated a few to Lars and his reply was; “Isn’t the computer the summer plan for Niamh?”. No honey, I might be frosting 3 nerds, but not 3 potatoes.
If you want this combo;
Expedit Ikea shelf, 2 row, on its side – $85
LINNMON desk top WITH pre drilled holes – $5
Olov legs – $15. We needed these because they adjust tall enough.
Floor mat – $25 *the mat is clear, the ‘rug’ under it is fabric.
Rug and pillow – Joann’s fabric and sewn by me
Not show; 4 3M velcro picture hanging strips that attach the top to the shelf.