Our Little Miss has reached the tween years and started high school. Time flies! (I remember when she was still this small and cute!) Time to set up a tween study desk area.
Even though we never planned for a desk in the room when we bought the furniture, we decided that she needed one. I was always reluctant to add a desk on the cream carpet as I had fears of felt pens being dropped that would never come out. But she’s a careful cherub so I trust that won’t be an issue. She was really finding it tough to concentrate in our open plan living area. I still have some concerns about computer usage where we can’t keep an eye on it – she has a laptop computer from school – but that is a different matter.
By moving the bed we could create a space that is 120cm wide – just. So that was the width of desk we went looking for. Sadly they are a little hard to find and all the ones I could find were only 60cm deep. Now I don’t think 60cm is deep enough to comfortably spread out books and a computer and still have room for the basic desk accessories – a lamp and pens and so on.
After much searching and even considering a custom built desk, we found this desk at Ikea. It is from the Bekant range and is height adjustable. It is part of the office furniture range which I guess is designed for businesses. Being 80cm deep, it should work fo her through high school and into university should she choose to go on to higher education. It comes in white, black and this birch veneer.
Her bedroom furniture is classic dark timber so we couldn’t match it with this range. We had thought to get simple white but it was unavailable at the time. Having put the birch into the room, we are happy. It is light enough to look clean and fresh with still a nod to timber.
The chair is from Officeworks and when I saw it released in turquoise for a limited time I grabbed one and stashed it in the garage for when we finally got the desk. Her bedding is turquoise and white so she wanted to stay with turquoise and aqua accessories. The lamp was a gift from her aunt and uncle – the perfect match. The metal paper tray and pen cup are from Kmart, and the cute mini shopping trolley holding her iPod was another gift.
The heart canvas is one of the samples I made for the girl’s youth night – read about how to make one for yourself here.
Overall we’ve kept it simple. It can adapt and change as she gets older but it is a perfect tween study desk for now.
I will mention one more clever addition and that is the power cord we found at Howard’s Storage World. It is not just an extension cord but has a cube on the end with multiple power sockets and even two USB sockets. This is perfect for her room where she needs to plug in devices for charging as well as her desk lamp.
Image from HSW website
This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share our experience so that it might help you plan a tween study area. I have linked to stores and sources where I could to help you find these products but I haven’t been paid to.