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Child-Friendly, Space-Saving Desks to Spark Creativity

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I’ve been working on creating a new playroom and creative space for my daughters over the last few months. What started out as a simple task has escalated, as is always the way for me! We moved the girls from Ava’s big bedroom into Thea’s box room, with bunk beds, leaving a nice big space to play. I wanted child-friendly space-saving desks to give them an area to get creative, without taking over the whole room. Futon Company kindly sent us a pair of matching space-saving ladder desks to help bring my playroom vision alive. These ‘sister desks’ as the girls call them, fit perfectly beneath the eaves.Space-saving bamboo ladder desks from Futon Company

Why We Chose Space-Saving Desks from Futon Company

We looked at a lot of desks (you can see our other desk ideas, and some pictures of the room mid-way through the make-over on this post). We considered using a large desk for them to share, but we decided they should each have their own desk. The bamboo and MDF ladder desks from Futon Company are £60 each, which I think is very reasonable considering they have built-in shelving. Matching child-friendly, space-saving desks from Futon Company with white Cult Furniture chairsThese space-saving desk are minimal in design, with a simple Mid-Century feel. They’ll go with any decor, however the girls choose to redecorate their playroom in the future. I love white furniture as I think it makes the space look so bright and cheerful. Bamboo is a eco-friendly choice as it’s fast growing so much more renewable than hard woods. It also has a lovely warm tone.Child-Friendly, Space-Saving Ladder Desks

Space-Saving Desks Have Plenty of Room

The desk area itself is large enough to hold a laptop and a few bits and bobs, if you’re using it for a grown up. There’s plenty of space for the girls to draw or paint, and will be great when they go back to school and have homework.

Bamboo ladder desks from Futon Company

These space-saving desks go perfectly with the new chairs gifted from Cult Furniture, which tuck under the desks nicely when the girls want more space to play. There’s space beneath the desks for a pair of oversized gold-coloured plant pots, which they use for rubbish and recycling (start them sorting young!) I’ve added more gold touches around the room to go with the spindles on the chairs.

How I Styled Their Space-Saving Desks

Being so simple, these desks are the perfect blank canvas to personalise. The girls will no doubt fill them with Kinder Egg toys, ‘found objects’ (AKA stones and twigs) and scraps of paper, but for now, I have added the items to make nice ‘shelfies’.

Thea’s Desk

Thea has the left desk, and I’ve added an inspirational print in eco-friendly non-toxic water-based neon pink ink from Flat102 (£20 unframed)*. I couldn’t resist this fab neon-effect rainbow light from NEXT (£25). When it’s switched off, it’s plain white, so still looks lovely. Thea's white and bamboo space-saving ladder desk from Futon Company with rainbow neon light and AA Milne print

The cloud-shaped pencil pot is from Tiger, the fawn money box is from the Little Bird range at Mothercare (though when she was first born so not available now sadly). I sprayed the design on the IKEA coasters with Rustoleum gold spray paint* using masking tape to make a design.

Ava’s Desk

I got another print for Ava’s desk, in the same neon pink. It’s hard to see, but it’s a Russian doll with “It’s what’s inside that counts” from Hazel Nicholls, (£16 unframed). She and Flat102 both have loads of gorgeous prints on their Etsy shops, in lots of colours, if pink is not your thing. I framed up one of Ava’s pictures of a daisy in a vase, as it’s too good to hide. There are a few of her favourite books, including “Pippi Longstocking” and the “What Katie Did” storiesAva's white and bamboo space-saving ladder desk from Futon Company with neon print and trailing plant

She has a plant in a gold IKEA pot, and a matching smaller pot for some of her many pens. I picked up the white circular storage at the Magpie sale.

Positioning the Space-Saving Desks

We had a bit of a debate about where the girls’ space-saving desks would go. The natural place is next to the window, where the ceiling slopes. But that’s where the wardrobe was. We moved it in the end, which was a real mission, but it looks so much better and really opens the space up. We also had to position the desks around the Tiger cloud shelves which we stuck up a year or two ago. I knew they’d rip off the paint if we took them down and we didn’t want to have to repaint!

Child-friendly, space-saving desks to spark creativity with Futon Company

I’ve repurposed half of the girls’ old cot bed, which had broken, to make an accessories organised. You can see the indoor herb garden I made with the other half of the cot here.

I built the desks myself and they took about 20 minutes each, plus time to screw them into the wall.

You may need a spirit level for this, to make sure you have the angle correct. We just checked to see if a pen rolled off (so professional).

Corner of a child's room with Futon Company ladder desk and Cult Furniture white chair

So do the girls like their space-saving desks? Here they are ‘faffing’ with them a few weeks ago. I think we can safely call that a win!

Thank you to Futon Company for sending us the desks, and being so patient waiting for me to finally finish the room to post about them! 

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  1. Hollie Brooks | Audenza

    3rd September 2018 at 9:58 am

    What a fabulous space saving idea! I think it’s great that they each have their own space and I particularly love the inspirational print on Thea’s desk – just fab!

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd September 2018 at 10:18 am

      Isn’t it gorgeous? I went on a bit of a shopping spree on her site, she does lush cards too. Xx

  2. theinterioreditor

    2nd September 2018 at 8:14 am

    I love how these desks allow your girls the freedom to be individual and provide them each with their own personal space. I adore how you’ve styled them and the fact that these have probably taken up as much space as one desk would have, they’re brilliant! 😀

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd September 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you so much, so happy you like the look of them xx

  3. Nicola Capper

    1st September 2018 at 1:57 pm

    What a lovely space and gorgeous styling. I bet your girls have so much fun in this room!

    1. Becky Pink

      1st September 2018 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you Nicola, yes they do! They have been spending a lot of time up there together, chatting and playing, it’s really wonderful xx

  4. Ricky

    31st August 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Your kids are so lucky that they’ve got such a stylish Mum to create a modern on-trend room!! I love those desks. Great for working and perfect for displaying nice bits and bobs too 🙂 x

    1. Becky Pink

      1st September 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Ah thanks so much, they love the desks but I’m guessing it will only be a matter of time before they get filled with plastic tat, sadly! X

  5. Marlene

    31st August 2018 at 10:51 am

    This space is bright and creative, a great place to study or stimulate kids storytelling skills, love it!

    1. Becky Pink

      31st August 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks so much Marlene, that was exactly what I was going for, so pleased you like it tooxx

  6. Anne Marie

    30th August 2018 at 1:31 am

    What a lovely space. The desks are such a great solutions and look great in their room. I’m sure they love it. I would

    1. Becky Pink

      30th August 2018 at 9:06 am

      Thanks so much, I sneak in there to work sometimes, it’s so nice in there xx

  7. Claire

    29th August 2018 at 9:26 am

    I wish my childhood bedroom looked that good! These are two lucky little girls!

    1. Becky Pink

      29th August 2018 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much, I can’t vouch for how long it will stay looking this good though! Xx

  8. Stacey Sheppard

    29th August 2018 at 6:07 am

    These desks are great for the space you have. And great that they are so affordable. I’d love to create a space like this for my girls when they are older. Will definitely be bearing these desks in mind when the time comes.

    1. Becky Pink

      29th August 2018 at 8:50 am

      Thanks so much Stacey, I spent quite a long time cleaning pink pen off one of them where Ava had gone off the paper! But it did come off luckily xx

  9. Pati Robins

    28th August 2018 at 9:10 am

    oh wow i love both of those desks they can fit so much without taking a lot of space – very stylish and clever x

    1. Becky Pink

      28th August 2018 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Pati, they are ideal for the space we have, we are so pleased with them xx

  10. Karen Clough

    27th August 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Oh how nice are these! And really reasonable. I’ve definitely seen some in the 200+ range!

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks, yeah I think they are such good value! Xx

  11. Sam

    27th August 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Ooh they’re so nice! Love how you’ve styled them too, and those chairs!!

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much Sam, they look so good together don’t they? Xx

  12. Lin Warwick

    27th August 2018 at 8:16 pm

    You have very lucky girls Becky – what amazing desks !

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you so much Lin, they are really enjoying them

  13. seasonsincolour

    27th August 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Is it my idea or is this space getting better and better with more pastel colours added in? Space saving desk/bookcase combos are the way forward. Can I please, as someone who has worn glasses for over 3 decades, mention that you need to get them desk lamps! Reading in bad lighting is one of the reasons kids end up wearing glasses. GO GO GO 😀

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Ah thanks Jenny, I do love grey and pastels! And also thanks for the lamp tip, any excuse to flex that plastic! But seriously I wear glasses myself so I will get some! Xx

  14. decoralist

    27th August 2018 at 7:48 pm

    What wonderful ideas! And I can totally see how your ideas came to life – what a creative haven for your girls! X

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you so much, I really loved creating this area and have some other nice things planned for the rest of the room. They already use this part most days xx

  15. Danielle

    26th August 2018 at 1:05 am

    Hi Becky, what a beautiful space you created!!! Such a good idea to have their desks together I’d love to do that for the girls when they’re older. Love the space saving desks x

    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Thank you so much, I know they will enjoy them for years to come! Xx

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