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Elfa Study Spaces for Kids

Because your mini humans need space to work too!

by Brad
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(Photo above courtesy of Pinch of Help)

As your children begin the new school year and start using the dinner table, couch, or kitchen counter as their study space, setting up a space of their own starts to sound very appealing. And while it's tempting to simply rent them their own downtown office space (just think of how quiet the house would be!) we have a much more practical and affordable solution: Elfa. Yes, our incredibly versatile shelving system that maximizes space in countless closets, pantries, and garages is ALSO perfect for study spaces!

Recently, a few of our organizer friends installed Elfa study spaces for their clients and their own kids, and here's what they came up with...

Brittani Allen - Pinch of Help

Professional organizer Brittani Allen (Pinch of Help) used white Elfa components to create a beautiful and versatile study space for her middle school-aged daughter. "As a professional organizer, I was able to sketch out the design and send it to TCS to place my order," she says. "After finalizing my design, we then scheduled an installer to come and hang it. My installer was AWESOME! He arrived just as the clock struck 8 am and had the entire solution hung in less than 45 minutes."

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

Once installation was complete, Brittani added some fun finishing touches, including Nordic Storage Baskets, Gold Dots Stockholm Boxes, The Home Edit Organizer Bins, Macaron Erasers, a Russell+Hazel Acrylic Stapler and Tape Dispenser, and a Poppin Sticky Memo Ball. "It was important to me to create a space that was highly functional, organized (of course), but that was also pretty and inviting, especially considering how much time she will be using it during virtual learning," she explains. "I am so in love with how this turned out!"

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

Later, Brittani helped one of her clients add desk space for their two children (ages four and seven) in a playroom. "As you can see, there was little structure to the room and no storage in the main area," she says.

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

"Once we dug in and started organizing," Brittani explains, "I decided that we needed to add in more Drawers. The ability to alter the system as needed is a HUGE selling point for Elfa systems." She also implemented accessories such as the Elfa Utility Pegboards, Elfa Mesh Drawer Dividers, Elfa Utility Shelf/Trays, and AMAC Boxes to create zones for various toys and school supplies.

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

(Photo courtesy of Pinch of Help)

Both Brittani and her client were thrilled with the results. This new Elfa space provides the kids with plenty of storage for toys and school supplies, while leaving ample room for play. "Cue all the heart eyes!!" she gushes.

Abbey's Desk

John Gehre, our Chief Merchandising Officer, wanted to embark on a DIY project while spending some time at home, so he and his daughter Abbey assembled an Elfa study area in her bedroom. They made clever use of a nook area under the house's roof-line and outfitted it with plenty of desk and drawer space for her homework. Once they added the Blush Pink Poppin All-in-One Desktop Organizer (for pens and pencils), U-Brands Rainbow Square Dry Erase Board (for notes and reminders), Umbra Swing-Lid Trash Can (for trash, naturally), and Black Bungee Office Chair, the study area was ready to go!

(Photos courtesy of John Gehre)

"It was a great morning project," John says. "Less than two hours to assemble and decorate!" And just look at how pleased Abbey looks!

Jennifer Gizzi - Making Pretty Spaces

DIY expert Jennifer Gizzi (Making Pretty Spaces) had an extra-big challenge--creating a homework space for her four preteen children! After creating an office space for herself two years ago, she was very impressed with Elfa's durability and decided to install a brand new birch and white desk space for the kids. "The Elfa system is so versatile and easy to install for even the most basic DIY-er," she says. "I installed this in less than an afternoon!"

(Photo courtesy of Making Pretty Spaces)

Like Brittani, Jennifer sketched her design ideas on paper and then handed it off to an Elfa designer at The Container Store. ("I can't recommend the free design service enough!" she says.) And like John, she decided to install it herself. Once the Top Track and Hanging Standards were installed, she started with the lower Drawers and Desk Top to ensure that the desk surface would be at the correct height for her kids.

(Photo courtesy of Making Pretty Spaces)

After the rest of the Shelves were hung up, it was time to accessorize. "I used a combination of open baskets and closed storage to make the most out of this area," Jennifer explains. "This is in the main area of our family room basement, so my goal was to make it functional for the kids, but also tidy and put-together." To accomplish this, she utilized a combination of Bigso Art Storage Boxes, Laguna Storage Bins, Bigso Stockholm Boxes, and Bigso Stockholm Magazine Holders.

(Photo courtesy of Making Pretty Spaces)

Another product Jennifer loves is the SmartStore System. "They're my absolute favorite new storage containers," she says. "They can mix and match with different inserts and I've found so many uses for them! For arts and craft storage, the possibilities are endless."

(Photo courtesy of Making Pretty Spaces)

This new Elfa space has been a big hit with the entire family. "I am so in love with this new Elfa homework station, and just from the few weeks we have had it, I know the kids are too!" Jennifer raves. "It has been the perfect spot to corral all the creativity and energy of four young kids at home everyday!"

If you're interested in creating your own Elfa study space, there are several ways to get started. You can schedule either an in-store appointment, a virtual in-home design appointment, or a phone appointment, or you can give us a call at 1-800-733-3532. Our Custom Solutions Department is available to take your call every day from 9 am to 6 pm CST.

(You also browse our Elfa office solutions and home learning solutions for even more ideas!)