The big reason for the IKEA trip

February 7, 2018


Happy Birthday, Brad! Have fun on your camping trip! 😀

I kind of had to go to IKEA last weekend. Really! It wasn’t just a ‘want’ trip. We have moved some children around between classrooms and our ‘older toddler/younger preschool’ classroom needed some storage for their bathroom. The cubbies they had used in the bathroom for extra clothes/pull-ups had to be used as actual cubbies. I loaned them a piece from my classroom for a few days. (It’s the one with the green bins.)


I couldn’t let them use them forever, and it would be nice to have something less mish-mash. I bought two ‘stair step’-style Torfast shelves. The preschoolers helped me put them together. We also attached legs to the bottom so when the bathroom is mopped, the wood won’t get wet. Here’s the first one:


The second shelf needed some modification. I had to cut the smaller end off so both shelves would fit in the space. The preschoolers helped with assembly, but not with the cutting. I messed that up all by myself.


I needed to rig a changing table for the few times they actually need to change a diaper in that area. It’s a little ‘Laurened’, but I think it will work out just fine.


I also didn’t buy enough bins. Looks like someone needs to go to IKEA!! (That won’t happen for a while. If anyone is headed that way, would you pick up two bins for me?)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “The big reason for the IKEA trip”

  1. Kristi Said on:

    Oh, what a project! I bet the kids loved being part of it, too.

    May I say once again how much of a genius you are!! I don’t know if I could come up with solutions that WORK the way you do. I don’t think my end results would look as good and functional as yours.


  2. Mom Said on:

    Amazing what you can do and the changing table right there with change of clothes!


  3. Brad Said on:

    Oh, the wonders of IKEA furniture.


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