Us­ing fur­ni­ture to make study and craft cen­tres

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Home & Living -

IF you’re look­ing to make more use out of your fur­ni­ture and space, con­sider these sim­ple DIY projects.

The study block

To cre­ate a desk with draw­ers, cup­boards and shelves, look for a cup­board that of­fers both a drawer and cup­board, or per­haps a shelf and closed cup­board. Buy two. Set them up a me­tre or so apart and lay a table­top across the top.

Al­ter­na­tives to tabletops in­clude: book shelves, doors, easels, and draft boards so look in home dec­o­ra­tion, fur­ni­ture, hard­ware and art shops.

Tip: If you have a long top, you may want to buy four cup­boards. Set these back-to-back, and use the in­side stor­age for items you don’t use of­ten – or text­books that you want to pass on to the next child.

The craft is­land

If you have a room with a cen­tre that’s not being used, set up a craft is­land by as­sem­bling a col­lec­tion of stor­age cubes. Stor­age units al­low you to mix it all up, com­bin­ing open spaces where you can put a wicker bas­ket, big draw­ers, small draw­ers, shelves and so on in any com­bi­na­tion that you like.

Then place a top across it all for a neat, uni­form look. If you have lots of space, you might choose to build a long is­land that has “in­dents” where you can sit. Mea­sure these in­dents care­fully dur­ing your de­sign and be sure they fit com­fort­ably with work chairs.

Tip: For this to work well, it’s easiest to stick to one man­u­fac­turer so that you have uni­form heights and widths – oth­er­wise you will find your­self with wob­bly com­po­nents.

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