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.)


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.



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



And assemble…




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.



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.



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.



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.


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.




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.



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!



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.



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



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.



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.


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)

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


  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. 😀

  4. Sarah Gill says:

    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

  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!


  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 😀 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. Michelle C says:

    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!


  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. Stephanie says:

    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…

  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,

  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. Christina says:

    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.

  43. Elizabeth says:

    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:

    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!

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