Hello y’all! Are you looking for a way to create an art station for your kiddos? It took me a few months of researching but I finally found the perfect solution!
A little backstory about my house first…our kitchen, dinning room, and living room is an open floor plan. With no walls dividing the rooms it can be a little difficult to designate certain areas, especially when trying to keep the layout cohesive. So, I needed something that was not only accessible for the kids but was also presentable in my open space.
Disclaimer- I am not a professional organizer or designer. If you are looking for professional help or support please stop reading now. But if you are looking for helpful tips, read on!
Finding the right art station
My daughter has always been artsy and now she is getting her brothers hooked. Coloring books, drawing paper, and colored pencils were starting to pile up. I needed a way to organize without adding more bulky furniture. I looked at writing desks, but they didn’t offer much storage; anything that did offer enough drawer space was a little more than I wanted to pay, just to hide paper. Then one day, very randomly, “cube storage” popped into my head! So, I started looking in that direction and found some amazing options. Cube storage had upped its game since I had last looked at the rickety boxes a few years back. I was throughly impressed and if you haven’t guessed yet- that’s what I bought to store the art supplies!
I have 3 kids and the cube storage had 4 spaces. How was I going to use that space to my benefit? I ultimately decided to give each kid their own box to keep the “that’s my coloring book” fights at bay. But I didn’t want to leave that extra box just open space. So, I decided to use that box for the writing and coloring utensils. Ironically, a food utensil caddy works amazingly for colored pencils and crayons! It could also work well for paint, paint brushes, stamps, and small notepads.
what you need to create an art station
- Cube shelf.
They come in so many different sizes and shapes so you are able to have a cube to fit all of your needs! There are also many design and color options so you will be able to find one that goes with your decor as well.
- Cube Storage Bins.
Now I splurged a little on mu bins. I have bought bins before (from the dollar store) and they did not last long. So I knew that wasn’t going to work for art supplies. I found these adorable bins that turned out to be sturdy as well! They come in multiple colors and designs.
- Food Utensil Caddy.
I originally wanted a wood caddy but the galvanized was cheaper. (I’m a penny pincher.) However, I do have other galvanized containers so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb! Another option you can use is a cup. I don’t mean a red Solo cup, but something a little more classy. I feel like they come out with new “drink wear” everyday that’s durable and kid friendly while still being cute!
- Art Supplies!!
I couldn’t help myself, once I got the art station put together I had to hit the dollar store for a little art supply shopping!
Find what works for you but don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone a little bit and try something new!
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