“It’s great to see how very small and simple things enrich our everyday lives,” writes our author Lisa from @little.roots. And shows us how she made her wonderful 2-in-1 DIY Montessori furniture herself.
Shortly after the birth of our second son we moved. Since then the two have shared a sibling room. The furniture from the old flat had moved with them. And as before, I didn’t think about how I could furnish the children’s room from the perspective of my children, but primarily about what furniture I personally liked.
So there was a loft bed in which no child had ever slept and which served as a shelf. A chair on which the little one could hardly get up. A chest of drawers filled with things we didn’t even need. And anyway: the room lacked a structure.
I wanted to tackle things differently and asked myself: Where do we need space for which toys? Which toys do we really need? Can we structure the room more clearly? In which areas? And above all: How can I arrange the children’s room so that the two siblings can do as much as possible independently? That things are visibly placed at eye level for them?
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I was inspired by Elternvommars.com, Chezmamapoule.com and Themontessorinotebook.com. The nursery first took shape in my head. It should do justice to a two-year-old and an almost six-year-old and follow the motto “Help me do it myself”. The room was to become more comfortable, quieter and more uniform. And be in a simple look so that we can concentrate on the essentials: be it playing, painting or reading. There should be a reading and cozy corner, a dressing and changing area and a play area. There should also be a table where both can paint and do handicrafts. There should be a place where everything in the room is “at home” (Marie Kondo sends her regards). The children’s room should become our feel-good place where we spend time together.
And so the loft bed had to give way for two game stands. Both a two-year-old and a six-year-old can play here, whether as a shop, cave or much more.
In addition there was a wooden wall shelf for the Lego bricks…
…and a floorbed with canopy and carpet. For more cosiness and also for the nerves of our neighbours among us ; ) The rest we built ourselves. We made two Berlin stools and a table with so-called Hairpinlegs:
And we built the heart of our children’s room: our 2-in-1 furniture which is a bookcase and wardrobe. It separates so beautifully the new areas of the cozy reading corner and the dressing and changing area. In addition, books and clothes are visible and tangible for toddlers.
For everyone who wants to build our 2-in-1 furniture, here comes the manual.
Time: Depending on your craft skills, you should plan for a morning or afternoon.
Costs: approx. 90 Euro
That’s what you need for your Montessori furniture.
Wood: we have used spruce, fir and pine mixed to have as little “scrap” as possible with the available wood blanks.
Wood for the side of the bookshelf:
- A: 2x side walls 1.8 x 50 x 86.4 cm
- B: 2x upper/lower bottom 1.8 x 50 x 90 cm
- C: 2x book shelves 1.8 x 14.2 x 86.4 cm
- D: 2x bookshelf poles Ø1.8 x 86.4 cm
Wood for the side of the wardrobe:
- E: 1x partition 1.8 x 86.4 x 86.4 cm
- F: 4x shelves 1.8 x 26 x 34 cm
- G: 1x shelf wall 1.8 x 34 x 86.4 cm
- H: 1x clothes rail Ø1.8 x 58.6 cm
Anything else it needs:
- 4x Byholma baskets from the IKEA
- sandpaper/ abrasive excrement
- Angle clamp, so that the screwed parts can also be assembled nicely at an angle of 90 degrees
- Clamp for drilling
- Nails (or nicer alternative than shelf support) and hammer
- Screws and cordless screwdrivers/screwdrivers
- Ruler, pencil and eraser
If you only want to build the wardrobe (without the bookshelf), simply reduce the side walls A and top/bottom B from 50 cm to 34 cm depth instead of 50 cm and use a plywood panel as a back wall instead of partition wall E, for example. Saves a lot of material and therefore costs, because the middle wall had to be cut out of wood.
And it’s that simple: DIY Montessori
First we defined the wood mass. We have adhered to the mass of the mattress, the existing baskets and our changing mat. And have come to total dimensions of 90 x 50 x 90 cm. Then we sanded the edges.
2. draw in
Now mark the holes and mark the individual parts with the corresponding letters. Also mark the inside and outside and top and bottom so that there is no confusion during assembly. I speak from experience ; )
With the help of the clamp and an old board as a base drill, so the wood splinters less at the drill exit:
Mark the position of the partition wall E on the outer walls slightly with a pencil, so that you know later where to drill from outside. Finally, mark the position of the shelves and hammer nails into the left and right side walls A and shelf wall G as a shelf support:
4. screw the shelf together
a) Using the angle adjuster, first screw the side walls A to the subfloor B:
b) Screw the shelf wall G to subfloor B as well.
c) With the subfloor on the floor, slide in partition E.
d) Insert all shelves C and F. So the partition wall is clamped in it and well fixed for drilling.
e) Place and screw on the top panel B and the partition wall E from above and below. In front of this, simply remove the shelves ; )
5. drill into bars
Finally, drill the bookholder rods D and the clothes rod H: