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. 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′.
- 4 – Vika Alex Drawer units
- 2 – Vika Amon Table Tops (I purchased two 2.5′ x 5′ table tops and put them together for a 5×5 table, these are now called Linnmon table tops. But they’re the same as the ones I purchased.)
- 1 Expedit Wall Shelf (The Expidit 5×5 units are no longer available, the largest one they offer now are 4×4 cubes and called Kallax)
- 4 Jules Jr. Swivel Chairs (Another potential mistake, these swivel and raise and lower…I’m sure we’ll get lots done this year)
- 5 DRÖNA Storage boxes
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)
Where’d I Get that?
- Making Memories Caddy (I purchased mine at Michael’s Hobby Store)
- Alphabet Palm Tree on wall
- 10 Drawer Workbox Carts (I purchased mine at JoAnn’s Fabric Store)
- Giant Whiteboard (Check your local www.craigslist.org I found mine for $5!)
- Blue Organizer Bins on Expedit Shelving
- Seasons Calendar Poster (This is held onto a cork board with small thumb tacks. Click here to see a closeup of our Calendar Activities)
Have pics to share? I would love to see what all of you have setup, leave a comment below to share!
I can\’t even tell you how amazing you are for thinking to not just tell us how you do it, but actually give us ways to get the items (for instance your homeschool room). Links to everything and the information of the where. Everything is so detailed and I, for one, SO appreciate all that. I also LOVE your post about the school curriculum. That is so helpful. Thanks for all you do and share with the world!
I am new to homeschooling and overwhelmed. I have a 2 and 4 year old. I wanted to know what you use for your curriculum for the year. Also is there a book list and supply list that you have listed. I am starting to plan for the new year and was looking for some sort of lists. I will be purchasing your letter if the week and pk curriculum.
I have a Letter of the Week preschool curriculum for ages 3-4 , and a K4/5 Kindergarten here: http://store.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/
What curriculum do you use?
You can see all of our curriculum choices over the years here: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/tag/our-curriculum
What size binders did you use? Also, where did you get them? Everywhere I look, binders cost a fortune! LOVE your classroom. Went to Container Store today and started buying stuff for ours. Any advice for a family room that is also being used as a classroom?
Hi Ana, for the ones in this post, I used the 1″ binders. If you’re using your family room, I would probably go for either an open bookshelf where you can store your homeschooling books, or something with doors on it that can hide the clutter 🙂
Erica what happened to where you stored your fabric?
We’re refinishing our floors so we had to clear out my sewing room! It will be back soon 🙂
I am new to homeschooling past Pre-k (pulled my 3rd grader out this year to home school per her request). I love your organization skills for your classroom and plan to make a trip to my local Ikea just to copy much of this. lol. Thanks for sharing
Love your school room! Our has been an executive “L”office desk and had worked well for the last year but I’ll need more space as the younger 2 start to join us at the table. Where do you have your “teacher” desk/computer/area? How have you made that work? Thank!
This is beautiful! Seeing your homeschool set-up a few months ago was what gave me the inspiration and dream to extend our playroom out about 12 feet to make it be a school room to try and recreate something like this! I have a question though, are the swivel chairs able to be tucked all the way under the table top on all 4 sides? From what I can tell in your pictures, it looks like the chairs on the left and right can be tucked in all the way, but the chairs in the back to front part looks like the tabletop doesn’t hang over that much in those areas and the chair can’t be pushed in all the way, but maybe the picture is misleading. I’m just trying to figure out if you can sit comfortably on the front and back chairs with your knees underneath the table while you read and right, or if you kind of have to hunch over a little bit from it being a little tight. Thanks so much for any help or insight you can provide! This space is my dream!
I guess I should rephrase that as can you sit comfortably on the front and back chairs with your legs/thighs being covered by the tabletop and edge of tabletop being close to reaching your chest while sitting down or if you have to lean over to read and write. =)
I know this is eight years overdue, but I love this setup. I see there are some little non-slip circles between the tabletop and Alex drawers. What are those? Did this setup work for you? The tabletops didn’t flip off if too much weight was put on the corner? Thank you!
Hi, I used some of those rubber furniture pads you can get so chairs don’t scrape your floor. I also attached the table tops together with brackets. You can see how I did it here: https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/08/our-ikea-school-desks.html
How do the table tops stay attached to the drawers and how is it holding up 8 years later?
Hi, check this post out I show how I put the desks together: http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/08/our-ikea-school-desks.html