One Room Challenge Week 5: A Space-Saving Homework Station & Pegboard Toy Storage

Well sheeeit. One more week till the One Room Challenge reveal! Here’s what I’ve been up to so far…

Week One (Design & Floor Plan) // Week Two (Wall Decals & Shelves) // Week Three (DIY Upholstered Beds) // Week Four (Fixing & Organizing)

This week I finished tackling one of the biggest projects in the kids’ room. If you remember the floor plan, you’ll also remember that the room isn’t terribly large. But, once I’d planned out the space, it became clear that there was this big blank hunk of wall that we weren’t using…

I could’ve just stuck some art up there, but I felt like we could do better. My little guy is super into toy weapons, and we were keeping them all in a big under-bed box. It was a bit of a mess in there, and we both thought it would be cool to have some of them out on display for easier access. Pegboard seemed the obvious way to go. I tasked the little guy to help design it, and we used some mad MS Paint skillz to come up with this…

Mid-way through the process, we realized the space could play double-duty as a homework station if we hung a drop-leaf desk under the pegboard, so we added that in there too.

Then we hit a snag. You guys, pegboard is not easy to find in the UK. I spent ages searching online and went to a bunch of different hardware and DIY shops with no luck. I half gave up, and started brainstorming other ways to hang the swords and things, but I couldn’t think of anything that would be as versatile.

Then I spotted some on a daily deals site (Monoqi, if you’re curious). It cost more than I’d expect pegboard to be – I think the two pegboards and some extra pegs came to about £120 – but I was convinced it would work better than anything else, and that made it worth it, so I ordered two big sheets. It’s since popped up all over the place (like on Amazon, although there are more options/accessories on the Block Design website). It comes in a bunch of cute colors, but I felt like we needed some natural tones in the room, so I went with the unpainted version.

We picked up a drop-leaf desk from Ikea, and it fits perfectly under the pegboard. After testing the set-up, we realized we needed a light over there, and this little clip on guy solves that one.
I added a little wall planter with the intention of using it as pen storage, but it’s too small, so now it’s holding magnetic darts instead (the dart board hangs behind one of the closet doors). We keep all the pens in a bucket that lives on the bookcase, so the kids just pull it out when they’re using the desk.
Sebastian can reach everything on there (just about!) with the exception of the top left corner, so I hung the button initial I made him up in that space. He does have to hop on the bed to get his pick axe down, but it’s not one of his favorites so he’s okay with that.
So far, we’ve been using one of the poofs from the living room, but it’s way too short. I’m still not quite decided about the best fix for that. It’s a toss up between a folding chair (which could hang in the closet when we weren’t using it, but might not be very sturdy) or an adjustable stool (which would take up floor space but could grow with the kids). I’m leaving it pretty last minute…the poof might still be here next week!
I love how this little corner turned out! Now it’s just finishing details and styling before next week’s reveal. I can’t wait to see how everyone else’s spaces turn out – check out the featured designers via this link and the other guest participants here.

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14 Comments

  1. May 5, 2016 / 11:55 am

    My son would love that! Your room is looking great.

  2. May 5, 2016 / 11:56 am

    This is so doggone cute and functional. Sebastian must be thrilled. 🙂

    Happy Thoughts of Home. ♥

  3. May 6, 2016 / 6:27 am

    That homework station makes this space so much better. What a great idea! Your kid looks very happy with it.

  4. May 6, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I love your desk! I've wanted to create a homework station for my daughter and I like your ideas. Thanks for sharing at Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

  5. May 6, 2016 / 9:59 am

    Thanks Mila. He is pretty stoked about the whole set-up (and being able to escape from his little sister up here, lol).

  6. May 7, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Lizzie I came back by to show my husband your pegboard. It's such a great idea.

  7. May 9, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Look at that homework station! Amazing! You did a fantastic job! Excited to see your revel this week..woot-woot!

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