This new school year is sure to be an eventful one for my son. He's going into Grade 8! That means a big school trip, graduation festivities and, let's not forget, the need to build high school readiness. With just one year left until high school, my husband and I want to ensure that our growing guy works on his homework and study skills.
To that end, we spent some time recently creating a comfortable desk area in his bedroom. While he has often done homework in the kitchen in the past (with me nearby to help) I feel like it's time he has his own quiet space in which to work.
We wanted his bedroom desk area to be a fun space with a bit of a vintage vibe. Because he has a number of skateboards in the garage, we figured he wouldn't miss a couple of them (ha ha). We created fun and funky shelving above his desk using two skateboards. (Actually we pulled one skateboard out of somebody's trash and the other one is an inexpensive skateboard that he rarely used.) We topped the skateboard shelves with a couple of vintage-style toys, some classic books like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and a few of his favourite toys, like those little Minecraft guys that kind of hang around the house with nowhere to go.
Turning your old skateboards into shelves could not be easier. We simply bought two shelving brackets per skateboard. We (and by "we" I mean my husband) then spaced the brackets so that one was just inside each of the skateboard trucks. We chose not to fasten the skateboards on in any way just in case our son decides to use them again. Obviously we also did not remove the wheels, although you could certainly make shelves using just the decks. (I actually like the look of the colourful skateboard wheels.) We put a small rubber stopper on each bracket to keep the skateboards from sliding. I think skateboard shelves make a fun look for a preteen or teen boy's bedroom. Sitting in his chair he can see the cool designs on the bottoms of the skateboards too.
We outfitted his desk with some of the supplies he will need to get his homework done this year - all of them from Staples - including a notebook, calculator, ruler, stapler, pencil crayons, pencil box and mechanical pencils. To continue the skateboard theme, we put his mini skateboard park on the corner of his desk. I figure he can play with his mini skateboard when he's pondering an assignment! A vintage globe adds another colourful note.
Because comfort is so important when you spend extended periods of time at a desk, we were thrilled that Staples provided us with this Staples Mesh Multifunction Task Chair in black. With features like a padded contour mesh seat, breathable screen back and adjustable tilt and height, it's going to be the perfect command central position from which to navigate Grade 8 homework challenges.
A lot can happen in a child’s chair in one year. Ideas and inspiration flow, fridge-worthy art gets created and dreams for the future are envisioned.
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