AUG
16
2011

Our Schoolroom ala Ikea

It’s finally happened! After 2 long years of saving and waiting, and saving, and checking online, it finally opened. Ikea. Right here in my backyard! (Well, not MY back yard, but you get the idea…its close…real close…almost too close.)

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Anyway, like I was saying I’ve been eyeballing some shelves and desks for a couple years now, and so as soon as it opened, I headed out. I know crazy right? Going to Ikea right when it opens. But I didn’t go on opening day, I went the next day. It was a weekday, so I figured all the fanatics would be back at work after camping out, so I was safe. Good call on my part too, it wasn’t bad at all!

I seriously love everything in that store! I did get a little lost at one point though (I forgot how crazy-mazey it is in there) had to call a BFF to get me out LOL! She directed me to those handy little arrows on the floor and told me “follow the arrows, they’ll lead you out”. She was right. I stayed on the arrows and after just 2.5 hours had made my way all the way through the store.

I did get lost in one of those little apartments they have set up, a super cool closet lured me in. But eventually I found my way back to my trusty arrows. So happy they have those things.

But anyway, I’m sure you all don’t want to hear me ramble on about my trip to Ikea. The best store ever. So I’ll get onto my new schoolroom setup!

I started out by taking most of the things out of our school room to make new for the Ikea bliss.

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Next I recruited the help of some able bodied folks to help me assemble.

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And assemble…

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And assemble. Why I thought swivel chairs that raise and lower would be a good plan is beyond me. I got sucked in to all the goodness by Ikea.

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I know some of you will be disappointed that I’ve ditched my little desks for this year, but we’re going to try something new. We did school some in our kitchen last year and I liked having the kids together at one table. It made it a little easier to keep an eye on what everyone was doing, so we’re going to try that again this year with this cool setup.

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And don’t worry, I didn’t ditch my workboxes, they’re still in the room. I was planning to use the Ikea drawer units for my workboxes, but couldn’t part with the 10-drawer ones I’ve used for the past 2 years, so for now the Ikea drawers hold their larger books and supplies like pencils, scissors, glue etc. That way people aren’t fighting over those things and they’re readily available in their top drawer.

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After re-organizing all of our stuff in the new space, we ended up with this. I LOVE it! Got our big USA Wall map for our Road Trip USA studies.

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What’s this whole setup include? I’m not advertising for Ikea here, but I figured some of you may want to know how to put this thing together yourself. They also have table legs you could use instead that are much less expensive, as well as Amon Shelves that are cheaper too. They also have different colors and sizes. What inspired me to go white with four young children and a bunch of enticing markers in the middle of the table is beyond me.

My school room is about 11′ x 14′, the total size of the desk is about 5′x5′.

Here’s a close-up of the drawers and chairs for you. I turned them all in a pin-wheel pattern so that one set of drawers is facing each student. I’m strongly considering getting a glass top cut for this to protect all my whiteness, but that’ll have to come later as budget allows.

 

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I used my old cube system from Target for my Teacher’s Manuals, the old bookshelf for games and such, then proceeded to fill my new Ikea Expedit Wall Shelf full of goodies.

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And, yes, that is my Letter of the Week curriculum in the binders along the top row. Wow, all that for $10, I must really like you guys ;o). In case you’re wondering, I purchased page protectors, then put all the games inside those in binders. 26 binders. Really. No kidding. Plus a few more for the K4 Curriculum as well!

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This cool Making Memories Caddy was one of my old scrapbooking items. I dumped out the supplies and filled it with markers. Yep, you know you’re a homeschooler when you start sacrificing your scrapbooking supplies in the name of school.

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Here’s another look at our shelves, calendar area and All About Spelling board below:

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On the opposite wall is my whiteboard, Word Jail bulletin board, and a smaller USA map we’ll be using for our Road Trip USA this year.

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Now that I had my room all set up, the last thing to do was sort all my curriculum for the year.

Glad I got a big table. Yikes.

Pray for me.

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So that’s it, our schoolroom is all set up, curriculum is put away, and all’s ready to go. Too bad the kids aren’t allowed in here anymore or we could start school tomorrow ;o)

Where’d I Get that?

Have pics to share? I would love to see what all of you have setup, leave a comment below to share!

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Comments

  1. It is so inspiring, Erica! I am drooling over here. I wish I was young and your child. ;)

    Know exactly what you mean about IKEA being too close – ours is about an hour away and is still very, very dangerous. Especially on a Saturday morning when my daughter and I feel like sneaking out for a few hours together.

    xoxo michele

  2. It’s honestly beautiful!! I love it :) We are currently building a house that includes a classroom space (aka a spare bedroom) so I’m glad you posted, it gives me tons of organizational ideas!

  3. I love IKEA. Our school room area is a heck of a lot smaller with only a 3 1/2 and 2 year old, but is also mostly IKEA goodies. Trofast storage with bins, Kritter table and chairs, Billy short bookcase, Mala Easel. :-D

  4. What a wonderful room. You obviously “homeschool” not “unschool” … I have my dining room set up a tiny bit like that. You both did a great job… well done. Good Team Work. :) LOVE the central table
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  5. What a fun room to learn in! Looks awesome!

  6. OMG!!! I LOVE IT!!!!! Such an awesome space! :)

  7. Kristen Akers says:

    I want to go to your school too! How fun. I do have a question….where did you find the alphabet letters that you have around the top of the wall. I can’t find them anywhere and I figure I will just make them if I can’t find them. Thanks for your help and all you do! You are a true inspiration. Again….such a cool room!

    • Kristen,
      Hi..just wanted to chime in here and let you know that you can typically find those alphabet letters that are around her room at your local teacher supply stores. I hope this helps!

  8. Your room looks wonderful! I cannot wait to hear how it works out for you!

  9. I LOVE IT!!! I hope one day I can have a classroom too.

  10. I too love Ikea. I’ve been known to just go there for window shopping and lunch. LOL

    Love, love, love your school room set up. :o)

  11. Going to Ikea tomorrow to outfit my new school room too!! So excited :) Yours looks great, I’ll be excited to hear how it works for you. I have a K5 and Tot Schooler this year, so we’re getting the Norden Gateleg table for them to sit across from each other. Same idea as yours since there’s a set of drawers for each kid as well.

  12. ……be still my Homeschool Heart.

    :) Valerie

  13. oh, to not be jealous…
    i LOVE the central table idea! i am almost all saved for a trapezoid activty table for our school room. its very exciting!
    as always, youre an inspiration!

  14. I’m an Ikea addict as most of our house in Ikea furniture! I love how you set up your room, very nice! :)

  15. You did a beautiful job! It looks great!

  16. Love, love, love your blog! I’ve been following and reading for a while, but this is my first time commenting. I’m curious where you found your 10-drawer organizers. I’ve been looking for something similar to use as workboxes for my kiddos, but have only found 5 or 6-drawer units.

    Thanks and keep up the good inspiration!

    Megan

  17. Great school room. Very inspiring. I am still the saving phase for my school room but now I have more ideas to add to my school room redesign savings. What was most brilliant was to finally see how you organize your Letter of the week curriculums. I have been using a hanging file folder crate box and it has been a disaster. I will begin filling 1 inch binders tomorrow.

  18. IKEA is a very dangerous place to be. I’m impressed you only spent 2.5 hours there and actually found your way out. Now that I am done drooling over your new digs… Congratulations on the new room. It looks fantastic! May you enjoy your room, even though you are keeping the kiddos out! :)

  19. so jealous! Looks great! One day, one day :D I <3 Ikea, wish there was one on the island…but sadly there is not! I don't know if they even realize what they are missing…

  20. sigh – wish I had your space to work with, you’ve done an amazing job and I have that table set up on my wish lish for the day I get a bigger room (currently 2.6 x 4.7m for 4 kids!)

  21. I’m a sucker for iKea…. So many amazing goodies for children. But let me tell you, that you’ve created an AMAZING HS room!!

    I just purchased both LOTW & USA Road Trips, I will order Expedition Earth shortly… You are honestly my Homeschool inspiration! So many amazing ideas on your site!

  22. oh how i love IKEA!! and oh how i love what you have done. what an amazing space!!! I bet everyone is looking forward to working in there!!

    • Erica, I’ve used IKEA too.This is my first year homeschooling..2 kiddos..& we bought them desks with a hutch top(shelf)…& have the same chairs as yours!! One white & one red…& YES, the whole swivel & pumpin’ thing has driven me batty this year!! so….you know since I could’t “beat ‘em”, I joined ‘em ad bought me a teacher’s chair that swivels!! haha
      Love your schoolroom..we are in our baby nursery & very small but it works!! Thanks!

  23. I’m so jealous. SO JEALOUS. I have to keep repeating “thou shalt not covet, thou shalt not covet…” But really, though, nice job! We just moved to Germany and I went to IKEA here for the first time (never been to one in the states, they were all too far away), and IKEA just blew me away with its awesomeness. I would have spent a ton more money I’m sure if I could have read the signs/tags. :)

  24. I love, love , love it! I was excited about my one new bookshelf!. You have a great room to be able to do so much in… hard not to be jealous. Congrats on saving up for it….You have inspired me to do the same!

  25. What a GREAT room! I love Ikea. When it opened in my town when I was a student, my parents said I should buy stock in Ikea (LOL, its a privately owned company, I checked!). Years later, I started working for a Swedish company and, on my first visit to Stockholm, I went to the original Ikea circular store, Needless to say my new Swedish colleagues thought I was the craziest person they had ever met.

    My school room is set up with Ikea furniture too. I have a central table minus the drawers. You inspired me to get the 10 drawer boxes – just like yours. So did not need them. Have the swivel chairs – 2 years now and they still bring happiness to the kids! Lots of swiveling everyday. It does drive me a little crazy, but seeing they bright smiles make it all worth it.

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful school room. You are such and inspiration!

    /Anne

  26. All I can say is wow, WOW, and WOW. It looks absolutely amazing. Good job to you and your work team. Oh, and a little kudos to IKEA.

  27. Congrats on a new schoolroom! :) The large shelf makes me drool.

  28. This space looks AWESOME!!!! We have the bookshelf in our living room and need another one it is so full of goodies! Thanks for sharing.

    PS. if your white table gets too marked up, Shaklee has an awesome paste that gets off permanent marker and will keep your table white!

  29. Advena Family says:

    Congrats on your new school room. I hope you all enjoy it. I’m glad to hear someone is having success with Ikea. 2 weeks to our new house and that means about 3 weeks until our new classroom. We’ve never had a classroom so I can’t wait to see what I’ll do with it. I love the workbox idea and so far yours are the best ones I’ve seen.

  30. LOVE it! It looks so clean and crisp too. I am adding the table top organizer to my list of items to get. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed year!

  31. Ackkkk!!!! IKEA envy!! I love IKEA! Your school room looks fantastic! :)

  32. Gorgeous! Trying not to drool on my keyboard!

  33. LOVE.YOUR.CLASSROOM!!! What a fabulous job! We have one of the IKEA cubed shelf system and I just might need another one :). Thanks for sharing all your creative and wonderful ideas for FREE! May God bless you and your family.

  34. Hi, I’m Stephanie, and I am guilty of schoolroom envy! LOVE it! I could have all furniture in our house come from IKEA and be blissfully happy – we save tons of money now that we don’t live near one! We are kindred spirits in the organizing-and-then-keeping-the-kids-out (you joked about that with their closet the other day too) – I totally would feel the same way! LOL Happy Schooling!

  35. Your room looks awesome!!! I love it! I showed it to my 3rd grade daughter and asked her if she liked it. She said she did. Now to figure out how we can set up a school room for us. Neither of us want to work downstairs because there isn’t any light. We will figure something out. :-) I guess I can start saving for something like this. Our IKEA is 2-2 1/2 hrs away.

  36. That is a great school room!!! I love all the whiteness! and the desks with the drawers are a fab idea! I would love to have a designated room for school as it is i have it strung out all over the house.
    We have 4 book cases in several rooms that don’t match. man it is a mess and when I see this beautiful organization I want to have someone come in and box it all up and take it away!!
    Have a great school year!

  37. What a wonderful school room! I’m excited for the day when/if we get a dedicated school room. Until then, we’re doing a school room meets bedroom. You can check it out here… http://growingagodlygirl.blogspot.com/2011/08/school-room-meets-bedroom.html?showComment=1313185819325#c1788141645584961350

  38. Hi Erica!
    Wonderful classroom! Marvelous job!
    I couldn’t help to notice you use a program called All About Spelling, Can you tell me a little more about it and how effective have this program being for you and your kids?
    Thank you,
    Angie

  39. I’ve never been to Ikea. But, I love what I see in your school room. Awesome shelf system ~ Oh, love the storage bins on the bottom too. That is neat how you designed the table – at first glance I couldn’t tell that it is pieced together – so neat that you can rearrange it, too. Love all your books laid out on it ~ I hope you have a blessed year. :)

  40. ADORABLE!!! What a great job! We just purchased workboxes for his year and I am so excited to use them. I love your blog, it is such a help!!

  41. I am glad I am not the only one. We jokingly called our school room/loft the Ode to IKEA. Our space is large which is nice, but since it is a loft we don’t much wall space for maps. etc. I have the 4×4 Expedit because our wall space wasn’t big enough for the 5×5. (We also have 3 of the 2×4, 2 are full of books in a neighboring room.) The VIKA table tops clean up very well. My friends laugh at me because I keep buying more bookshelves. I have resisted the swivel chairs so far, so you will have to let us know how that goes. :) For organizing junkies like us, IKEA is like heaven. I am glad you got one close.

  42. Love it! I haven’t been in an Ikea in about 20 years. I wish I lived near one.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  43. WOW!!! I LOVE it!! We are starting our first year of homeschooling and went IKEA crazy also- but don’t have as large as a space to utilize. We are using your Letter of the Week this year and CAN’T WAIT to get started!! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas- definitely has helped ease this nervous mommy’s mind!!!

  44. What a lovely school room you have created — thank you for sharing it with the homeschooling universe =)

  45. I love it!! And I LOVE IKEA! I am currently not allowed to shop there, per DH because well I love that store too much and it’s not in the budget :( we have the 4×8 expedit shelving unit and we used to use it for toys, but not is our entertainment center… It is awesome. I love all the doors and drawers you can get for it… We also found that the magazine holders (just the plain white ones) were a great buy. We have things separated out in them and they actually hold up pretty well. At 5 for $1.99 you can’t get too mad when one gets messed up though. Good Luck with your new set up! I can’t wait to start pre-k with my little one!

  46. I love it!! I love IKEA, too, and bought almost all my school furniture from them–4.5 hours away!! I also got those chairs for my kids but kept the wheels off–the kids love them!! Here’s my blog post on my room, if you want to look:

    http://kregerhouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/our-homeschool-room-2011-12.html

    I even love the table of curriculum because that’s the kind of thing that makes my organizing heart beat faster! :) Have a great year!

  47. I love your space! I’m not sure what I am more jealous of, the space or the fact that you have an Ikea so close. The closest one to me is 2.5 hours away! That’s probably a good thing, b/c m entire house would be full of Ikea.

  48. wow! Looks amazing!! We have the expedit shelves for our school room- just got them for this school year too and we are LOVING them!! :) Thanks for sharing!

  49. This makes me giddy :)

  50. How cool! How tidy!

  51. Erica-
    I think you have really outdone yourself here! Wow! I LOVED your former schoolroom and I think this one actually might be even better than the last. I really like the together but separate setup you have of kids’ workspaces. Please do let us know how this works for you this year. Right now we have our kids at their own desks, separated by workboxes, similar to your old room, but I also sometimes think we need to have a place where I can better see what everyone is doing at the same time. Anyway, fabulous work you’ve done! Thank you so much for once again sharing with all of us!

  52. I have some Ikea purchases in our school room as well. I love the way your room looks!

  53. I’m drooling over your school room! This will be my first year and I would like to think it will continue after that, perhaps my reward (besides having a well educated child) will be a beautiful setup like this! Seriously, in love.

  54. Thou shalt not covet, Thou shalt not covet, Thou shalt not covet (repeating over and over to self). Seriously though – awesome school room. I would love to have something this organized some day.

  55. Genevieve V. says:

    Wow! Hands down…the best new school room post I’ve seen yet during the “not-back-to-school” 2011/2012 blog posts. Love to glean off of others organizational victories. ;0) Looks like you all are going to have a wonderful start to the new school year. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing.

  56. This is really inspiring. My kids are in the middle/high school years but a room like this is still needed (science labs….etc). I just looked on-line and there is a Ikea store in the the Denver area, hmmm. Maybe a trip will be happening soon.

  57. Oh my goodness. I’m in LOVE with that table. Gotta find us a large table for our homeschool room. It looks awesome! Great Job!!!
    BTW, totally had to pin this post on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/119490899/

  58. I am so jealous!! We just opened an IKEA store in Colorado (albeit 2 hours away from us) but at least we can finally score some of the best organizational stuff around!

  59. We have all Ikea in our Schoolroom as well, and to protect our table top, we used this clear desk pad from Ikea:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/66703500

    If you wanted to get four to put at each of their work space, it would protect your white top.
    Just a suggestion… :)

  60. We just refinished our basement floor and I’ve been setting up my daughter’s preschool down there. So far, here is her area: http://tinyurl.com/447e6py

  61. Looks absolutely wonderful– you did a great job. I love your blog. You are so inspiring. :-)
    I have a question about your workboxes. Can you tell me how you use them in your day. I have the same drawers for my daughter who is entering 2nd grade. I know you have some sort of system going but can you go into more detail how it plays into your day?

    Thank you

  62. It’s beautiful! I LOVE that central table and the pinwheel design you chose for the drawers! I would have never thought of doing that! Awesome! Your kids and you are going to have so much fun in such a beautifully organized and decorated room :)

  63. You did an outstanding job i love it. I wish i had the space for a room like this. I’ve always wanted to homeschool. We are military family so maybe at out next duty station will be able to give it try thanks so much for sharing

  64. You do know you’re going to make enemies of hubbys everywhere the world over, right?! ;p

    LOVE it!

    …danielle

  65. This looks AMAZING! I love it and only hope to have a room to do homeschooling if and when we decide to do it.

  66. LOVE THIS!!
    I posted a link on my blog and also shared your picture.
    Moe

  67. Our schoolroom is All ikea also and we love it! Let me tell you that those table tops still look like brand new even after a year of 4 and 6 year old boys. Magic Eraser will take almost anything of of it and the drawers too. Here’s a link to our room if you wanna check it out. http://Www.searchforhiddentreasure.blogspot.com

  68. Omg! My Envy meter just went thru the roof! I lOVE IKEA! Our closest one is almost 2 hrs away and we always make a day trip out of it. I can not wait to do our school room! I have a totally emPty room to play with!

  69. Wow – gorgeous! Our area will never look as neat and organized. Does IKEA sell that table in other colors besides the white? White doesn’t work well with my kids – always gets marked. Black would work for us – LOL! Thanks for sharing.

  70. I love it! That is my dream school room. Too bad IKEA is over 2 hours away from me, =**( Thanks for sharing!!!

  71. Martha Huber says:

    Ok…so I am totally envious of your school room! It looks absolutely amazing! Yes, I have sacrificed scrapbooking supplies in the name of homeschool too! I have not yet ventured over to IKEA…I cannot stand huge crowds and all my friends have told me that it really is crowded now. I think the hub-bub of the grand opening kept the crowds at bay, but now they are out in full force. Thank you so much for sharing!

  72. WOW!!!!! That is an AWESOME school room!!! I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing in detail! I’m going to be working on mine Thursday through Sunday – I have 4 days to whip it back into shape for the new school year – your room is inspiring! Thank you!
    Courtney

  73. I can’t wait to get up to Ikea!

  74. Your schoolroom is gorgeous! Our room is totally IKEA also and we love it! The table tops and drawers clean up so easy. Get a box of Magic Erasers and cut them in half and just wipe it off everyday and it will look like new. Ours still looks brand new after a year of 4 and 6 year old boy dirt and markers, pens, crayons, paint and any other disgusting thing you can think of. You will love it! If you wanna check out our school room here is the link. http://searchforhiddentreasure.blogspot.com/2011/08/not-back-to-school-blog-hop-school-room.html

  75. Unbelievable organization and a beautiful space! We just moved our school area downstairs as we remodel, and I am very happy with it (though I’m still looking for ways to stay organized in a small space). Thanks for sharing your fantastic room:)

    http://www.littlehomeschoolontheprairie.com/2/post/2011/07/extreme-living-room-makeover.html

  76. Ohmigosh, I LOVE it! It seriously looks like a picture from a magazine (until it’s covered with textbooks, of course). I’m definitely bookmarking this for ideas. I LOVE to organize, but I also love to do things cheaply… er, frugally. And IKEA is a bit of a drive for me, so that’s probably a good thing.

    I’m starting a simple preschool program with my daughter soon, and hope to officially homeschool her once she starts “real” school. I don’t know yet what type of system will work best for us – especially since I initially liked the idea of unschooling – but the workbox idea appeals to me.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  77. Ditto to all those who are drooling. :) I have a space for it this year and would love to do it, but my husband is military and we are currently blessed to be able to follow him on many of his temporary (and stateside) deployments, and already have close to four months of traveling planned during the coming school year. We are really relying on the flexibility and portability of homeschooling this year. But SOMEDAY… :) (I sent my husband the link to this page and told him to be prepared! haha) Anyway, kudos on a beautiful and dedicated learning space that gets your Little Loves excited about school.

    I’m sure you already know, but Magic Erasers work wonders! So if your beautiful white desktop gets a few marks, give it a try! $3-$4 at your local Target.

    Have been following your blog for the last few months and love it. Thank you for sharing your life and homeschooling experience with us.You are really an inspiration to me, a soon-to-be mom-of-four. :)

    Blessings!

  78. Would love to post this on my blog. I am so on the fence with homeschooling – but after these photos, I’m considering it – even just for the beautiful room!!

    Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Alison

    http://www.AtTheEndOfTheDrive.blogspot.com

  79. meridith acosta says:

    Not to stir uptrouble, but Ikea has glass tops for alotof their stuff, including some really cool printed glass! Obviously, we love Ikea around here and it was actually one of our “sight words” after my 3 year old kept hollering “I says /I/, k says /k/, e says /e/, a says /a/” everytime we drive up. Now she too knos Ikea…as if the giant blue and yellow building doesn’t give it away.

    Love your set up…especially the Letter of the Week Binders. I have your curriculum plus stuff from the years I taught kindergarten, so I could fill some binders…

  80. Oh Erica! Ikea is one of the most fabulous places on earth ..I know thats saying a lot.. but it is just wonderful. We have a shelving system, desks, and chairs from them for our homeschool room. And it has held up so well. I have a house full of boys so thats saying a ton. You will love your purchases. I love love love how you have a center table. I was thinking of pushing our desks together…you will have to let us know how your new set up works.

    Would you mind sharing where you purchased your map on the wall. Its really nice and I have been trying to find one that size forever.

    Thanks so much for sharing

  81. Erica my hubby says that if you keep posting stuff like this I will be grounded from you. :) My OCPD just LOVES stuff like this. I have never been into an IKEA, never lived near one. I did discover that we have one about 1.5 hours away though. :)

    The room looks amazing and I know you will have a great time schooling in there this year. :)

    Amy

  82. Yay!!! It’s gorgeous! And I am so jealous! We have 8 of us living in a 1200 sq ft house, so we have no “spare” rooms. Homeschool will be at my dining room table, and supplies stored in the pantry closet. I probably WOULD homeschool all of them, not just the youngest, if I had a space like this.

  83. hmmm….is there a chance you live close to me? lol…our ikea just opened too. i haven’t been. i am still too afraid, but my friend sent me your link on this room today and WOW. it looks great. i would totally do something similar in our home school room!

    :)
    jen

  84. I spy with my green, little eye… fighting down the jealousy. :)

  85. I LOVE your classroom! We don’t homeschool but I can dream of a room like this full of crafts ;)

    I have to tell you my daughter’s room is furnished in the white Ikea furniture and it actually wipes clean pretty well!! A cleaning wipe takes care of most things (fingerprints, pencil smudges, etc) and I’ve found that a little Soft Scrub with bleach will take care of any stains.

    PS- We were just talking about driving the 2 hrs to Ikea this weekend to pick up the Expedit shelf and the desk attachment :)

  86. I have serious school room envy! Could you have a giveaway with all this stuff inlcuded? I will come pick it up. LOL

  87. I’m so jealous!!! I know we should not covet…..but seriously I’m drooling over here and wishing I could have something like that schoolroom!!!

  88. wow! I LOVE IT! You go girl!

  89. One Word: COVET. :P

  90. WOW! Erica, what a beautiful school room! LOVE IT! When I first read through it and saw the amazing pictures I thought, “wow, that must have cost a fortune!” But then I clicked on the links for the items and NO, it was nothing outrageous…my favorite is the ginormous bookshelf for $200! WOW I want 4 of those ;)

  91. This is amazing! I have the same bookshelves, but would never have thought of putting together a table like that. You now have be wondering if I could reorganize our room to fit in such a table. Thank you for putting the links to on, so I can bookmark them myself for potential later use.

  92. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all!! Very creative! I will be stealing some of your amazing ideas! Thank you for sharing!!

  93. Heather Brandt says:

    Where in your house is this room located? The first photos made it look like it was near the front door? Just curious! Wonderful organization makes me want to go to IKEA so much, too :)

  94. LOVE LOVE LOVE your organization!! You remind me of myself so much. What’s even funnier is that we have the SAME exact homeschool room…same location in the house, same size room (different window though, hehe), and even with double doors too…it made me giggle when I saw these pics! This is my 1st year homeschooling (1st and 2nd grade) and we’re super excited. I wanted desks like that but couldn’t find them anywhere (we don’t have an IKEA). Thanks for your inspiration and I hope y’all have a great school year!!! :)

  95. It is just beautiful Erica!!! We redid our school room ala Ikea last year. We had to drive 4 hours though. Worth every drop of overpriced gas. LOL

    Love the table. If we ever have a bigger school room, I’m switching to a table.

  96. It is awesome! You did a great job on organizing everything. We don’t have an Ikea near us :(

  97. Wow- looks AMAZING! Our Ikea is about 15 minutes away- so dangerous! Now I really feel like going. :D

  98. Very nice!!!

  99. Looks amazing!!! I love the idea of putting a glass top on it! I think you guys will love being all at the big table.. if they can get over the fun of the chairs ;-)

  100. Love your schoolroom. And really loveOur Ikea is slightly less than 2 hrs away. This March was my first time going – had to get those trofast shelves for workboxes. As I had two under three, I convinced my husband that now was the time to get homeschool furniture as we don’t have to buy curriculum yet!. I was just thinking that I would use my old drafting tabletop for our school table in the future. (It’s about 5 1/2′ by 4′), but what was I going to do for a base? (The drafting table base would put the table at bar height). Well you just solved my problem, I know what I’m getting for table bases! And I think really cool swivel chairs.

    I just got all your LOTW curriculum and have my year planned. We started this week with E for Elephant. Thanks for offering this to us for $10.00 and the hard work you put into it.

  101. Amazing!!!

  102. Love it! I can only dream, we do not have a room just for school. Ours is the kitchen table and their small desks. When we build our home (hopefully soon) I plan on having a room for school!

  103. What a great job Erica! I bet you all with love getting started in this beautiful room!

    I have the PBbedford collection in white and have concluded I was out of mind when we decided to buy it and completely overlook the fact that we had a marker- happy, finger paint-loving child and possibly more to come.
    The beautiful white pieces have been somewhat saved by adding a plexi-glass protector that was sold to fit the table tops. You can have some plexi cut out to the size of your beautiful table and make it stay white :o) I also place different pictures, charts etc under the plexi for visuals which work great now that we’re going to start homeschooling there.

  104. WOO HOO! Fantastic! I am so happy our IKEA is about 40 miles away or I would really be in trouble.

  105. Thank you for posting this on your site. I have been trying to find something that would work with our family and this is it!!! I have already purchased it today!! I will be heading to Michaels to get the caddy too that works so well!! Love Love Love it!!

  106. This is awesome. I’m so jealous of all your shelving and space. Must save my money for a trip to Ikea!!

  107. WOW! I am drooling over here! :) It looks fabulous! Great job! Do your talents ever end? You can be a professional organizer and decorater!
    You are amazing! Thanks for sharing, I am inspired!

  108. Oh my goodness… I LOVE your school room! The desk is my favorite piece. How neat that you can all sit together yet still have your own storage! Our girls would love the chairs. :)

  109. Jessie Burnett says:

    YOU inspire me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. A little jealous of your awesome homeschooling room? yeah… I love the ideas. I may have to save up and copy some of them!!!

  111. NICE! I really love that central desk/table for all of the kiddos, and your expedit too! Your whole room looks great. I have easy access to an Ikea and love it, but it is usually crazy busy, and I don;t have any more room. No school room here. Just the island in the kitchen and a shelf in the pantry. Don’t know what I will do when my little guy starts school too!

  112. Drooling!! I want to do my schoolroom in IKEA this year, however, I am waiting until the crowd dies down. Thinking a mid-September Tuesday morning.

    I am so inspired by your room, thanks for sharing. I LOVE THE DESK!

  113. What a fantastic school room! I bet you can hardly wait to get started. New school supplies always inpsire me so I can imagine new school furniture would make me burst at the seams! Lucky, lucky gal!

  114. It’s beautiful-I’m drooling!! Yay for IKEA!

  115. Love it! I’ve always wanted a tall table like that. You are brave for getting the swivel chairs:)

  116. This room is amazing! It is set up very similar to mine. I have a great friend who helped me set up my classroom and the Ikea products are SO helpful & affordable. I LOVE the white table & chairs. We have desks & a table but I am finding we are at the table way more than the desks. My children would love those chairs! :) Did you make your alphabet tree? I love it! I ordered your preschool curriculum and am loving it. The binders are a great idea! I just showed my mom the LOTW the other day…she is a teacher & was so impressed. :) Thank you SO much for your blog! It always encourages me!!!!

  117. Oh, Erica, you make me want to go with part of my husband’s plan to rip out the cabinetry that is currently in the office. Our house was built by an architect and the office is pretty neat. However, I love the way the white is so, well, white. :) I might have to show him the photos of the office and price out how much everything you used comes out to.

  118. Love your room! We love expedit and ikea too!
    Our room is like an expedit refuge!
    Don’t worry too much about the white.
    We use just a little soft scrub with bleach and everything comes clean!
    Congrats!

    Megan
    http://www.growingagardenofgirls.blogspot.com

  119. Um… WOW. I’m in awe, I truly, truly am. I was wondering – as I just started tuning in to your blog (man, I wish I had of found you sooner)… can you explain what you’ve put in all the drawers/workboxes? That looks really neat but I’m a bit unsure of what you’ve used them for! :) Thanks!

    Cassandra @ Unplug Your Family

  120. Erica,

    Hi! My name is Amber. I’m a missionary wife and mother of 5 boys age 21 to 17 months. We’ve lived in Thailand for the last 10 years. I just graduated my two older boys and am now starting to homeschool our 5 year old. I’ll have to admit, I’ve thought about putting him in school more than once. Joseph our 5 year old is our adopted son and given to us 3 years ago quite unexpectedly although our lives are better now that he’s here! Then came Cayden Truth who is a gift from God with the age difference from his last biological brother by 17 years! My hands are full. ; )
    To make a very long story short, I stumbled onto your blog last night and am now feeling a HUGE excitement again about homeschooling. It’s been more of “have to” than a ‘want to” and seeing your blog and all the wonderful fun things you’re doing with your children has blessed me and given me vision to homeschool again!! Thank you so much for being faithful to our beautiful God! He’s so good! Keep up your good work and I look forward to homeschooling “beside” you

    Blessings,
    Amber

  121. We also just had an Ikea open up in our back yard – wonder if it is the same one?! :)

    We went last week and bought a new school desk for my 6yo daughter and I to share. A simple, long white desk. Now I just need to get hubby to put it together so we can start our school next week. Love your school room!

  122. This is amazing.. can my daughter come to your school ;)

  123. I LOVE your school room!! It looks amazing. I would love those giant shelves you have, they are beautiful. :)
    Congratulations & happy homeschooling!

  124. I homeschool 3 of my 4, the preschooler though is right in the mix so I probably should just count him also. We have 2 IKEA desks that I bought for like 30 bucks each that we put our computers on. I’ll have to send you a pic. We are home searching and wanting a permanent school area. How big is your area and do you think it is big enough? Or are you bumping into each other? LOVE the big table in the middle for art stuff and doing work. Great space to layout the books and work on a paper! That is my DREAM table!

  125. To say I LOVE your room would be an understatement!!!! I have an IKEA fund that I have been growing for a year now and I already have my “shopping list” prepared and can’t wait to get to Atlanta!!!!!! I am so excited and inspired. As always, thank you!!!!

  126. Kristina Brown says:

    Hi Erica,

    I just recently found your blog and am loving it! Love the classroom as well. I (heart) all things Ikea!! Thanks for all your printables and wonderful ideas.

    Blessings from Croatia,
    Kristina Brown
    Homeschool mom&missionary

  127. I just came across your blog and just from this post alone, I’m becoming your newest follower! I am absolutely in love with your room. I’m fortunate to be able to have a homeschool room as well but it’s not finished yet. You’ve definitely inspired me and given me some great ideas to incorporate into the room. I hope you don’t mind, I pinned your first picture just because I love it so much! :)

  128. Awesome post! It’s always great to see how other people organize. I have a question though…where do you sit throughout the day? I am only homeschooling my oldest now (3rd grade), but next year will have all three at home (1st & kinder), so I’m looking at a similar setup and wondering if I should have a separate desk for myself, or …just curious…maybe you don’t sit down? lol

  129. I love love love your room! It is so organized and just would make me want to spend a ton of time in there just because of how awesome it looks and must feel! Wonderful job!!

  130. darthchrista says:

    Oh man! This is a wonderful room, and makes me want to go to Ikea! I love how neat and organized it looks, I’d want to spend time learning there. Thank you for sharing what you did.

  131. Erica,
    Did you mention a total cost of the Ikea items? I know I could look up all the items and add them together…I am just wondering if you have a total because Im being lazy. I would like to budget for something similar for my grands at my house. Then, I love this idea for a setup for smaller size Sunday School classrooms.

    What is the name of your school curriculum? I am helping a woman in our church who asked me to homeschool her grandson. I told her that I don’t have time to teach him and sit while he does lessons. I would be willing to introduce her to a curriculum and monitor her. I will grade his papers and keep records. But, I am not sure which is the best curriculum? He is in 1st grade, this year.

    Thanks!
    Sherii

  132. WOW! I love you! You are so wonderful! I am so inspired!! I have a huge mess of a school room and I don’t want to work in there! After seeing your beautiful room and all your great organization I am ready to tackle the mess! Thank you for all you do!! Have a wonderful year! I will be schooling along with you and even using your site for ideas and inspiration! :)
    God Bless! <3

  133. What a wonderful room!! I have been drooling over the new Ikea catalog myself- I think it may be time for a visit!! I love how organized this room is, and how accessible all of the supplies are. I love your idea of the one big table- perfect for bigger projects too. Blessings on your homeschool year, and thank you for sharing your ideas!!

  134. So I don’t know how tacky you are willing to go but…for now…you might think about getting that clear plastic at a fabric store and tacking it up underneath the table until you get a glass top. Its cheap and replaceable!

  135. Love it!! It looks so nice, clean, and fresh!

  136. Erica,
    How exciting to have your dream school room! Saving and waiting was worth it. It looks amazing. What a fun way to start the school year with a new room. I love IKEA too.
    Mindy

  137. Heather Brandt says:

    Where in your house is your schoolroom? Just curious as we try to figure out logistics of organizing homeschool materials (just starting out with preschooler).

    • Hi Heather, It is what should be our office space. A regular sized room off of our entry way. I used to have it in the dining area, but I didn’t like all of our school “stuff” being all over the place all the time! The office has doors on it that can be closed to keep the mess in there!

  138. Wow! I’m so jealous. We are going to convert our garage this winter for a school room. We start PreK with our 3yo this year and I hate dragging everything onto the kitchen table for an hour then having to put it all away. I am SO looking forward to our school room. This is so inspiring. I am going to show hubby when he gets home. Yay! So excited! I hope I can be as organized and prepared as you are :)

  139. That is one rocking classroom – Love it. Congratulations on a great design, I hope you enjoy it!

  140. *SWOON*

    Thanks for sharing all that you do!

  141. Please keep sharing things like this! They are so inspiring. I need to see other people’s stuff to get a picture for myself of what is possible. I love the white because it looks so clean, but I agree, you will regret it sooner or later! Great work! Let’s pray the kiddos love it too!

  142. Your homeschool room is so inspiring. I am just starting to homeschool our 4 year old and I just got your LOTW curriculum and I’m really excited about it. Your room motivated me today to go out and get more shelving organizers. It’s not IKEA but it will have to do. I am wondering where you got your canisters that are on your shelves. I tried to find some like that and I’m not having much luck. Thanks for sharing all your creativity!

  143. Thank you for letting us live vicariously through your school room, I could only dream of having one that beautiful. Congrats! :)

  144. I love love love your new schoolroom, but what I really like best are the big windows and all the natural light! You are off to a great school year.

  145. Long time lurker here ; ) I had to laugh when you mentioned the chairs. As soon as I saw them in the picture I thought, “No way would my patience be able to last an hour with those chairs and my kids!” But only because we’ve all been to Ikea and I am very familiar with those chairs! hahaha.

    Your room looks wonderful! So inviting! Thanks for the inspiration!

  146. Amazing! I love the desk/table and all the cubbies!!!

  147. What a blessing for you. Organization is key I alway say. Did you by chance bolt the new Ikea Expedit Wall Shelf to your wall. Looks like a potential danger should the tiny tot decide to scale up it on one of her many adventures. (I have small boys so maybe she isn’t in to that) Have a great year. Looking forward to hearing more of your wonderful ideas.

  148. beautiful set up! Last year was my first year of homeschooling one child. Kitchen cupboards were used. This year I’m homeschooling two so I bough canvas bins to put each of the kids books in and pencil boxes. i have a feeling next year will include some other adjustment. Thanks for posting. It’s a great room!

  149. I know there are over 100 comments saying the same thing, but I just have to tell you myself how much I LOVE your homeschool room. I have a small set-up for our first year (haven’t posted a blog pic yet) of homeschooling. We’re using crates and art boards we have from around the house, along with 2 school desks I found on craigs list. I’m saving this picture for inspiration of something to work towards if we continue to homeschool as our children get older. Thank you for sharing!

  150. Love it! I live in Houston so my homeschool room is all IKEA too! I also have the Expedit shelves and love them! As soon as I get it all cleaned and pretty, I wil have to send pictures to show you. I got the little desk that attaches to the shelving unit for me. I LOVE your table and sadly my room is probably to small for its awesomeness. Plus, I have a toddler and a preschooler who will be up and down a lot anyway.
    By the way, thanks for all the resources. I read many blogs and I like yours the very best! I am a former kindergarten teacher (from public school) turned stay at home mom/homeschooler so I kinda know what I’m talking about. LOL! Your resources are great.
    God Bless!

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