I’m pleased with the new book nook in the playroom.
It was maybe the cheapest build I have ever done – most of the lumber was from MDF scraps left over after other projects.
At just 3.5 inches deep – it doesn’t use a lot of wood. A 3/4” spade bit cut the sides for the dowels.
The wall is a different kind of square at the top and bottom, so I used copious amounts of caulk at the edge to hide the gap.
My handy dandy Dremel MultiMax cut holes in the 1/8” hardboard back for the outlet and light switch. I used box extenders to “extend” the outlet and switch box to their new depth with the bookcase in place (see this post for more on box extenders).
I also used it to cut down the outlet cover so it would fit (a little sanding cleaned the edge right up). Don’t use your table saw for this – it will shatter the plastic (I learned that the hard way ;)
Now, the playroom is still messy – this doesn’t help the kids pick up their books (yet!), but they don’t dump them in a pile just ‘cause anymore.
For the uninitiated, the light switch can be a fun treasure hunt (but since the room has a skylight, it only matters at night).
Now I just need to build a little sofa or couch, and I can see sitting here reading to the boys “all day long” (as Bamm Bamm would say).
What are your favorite playroom or kids’ room storage? Favorite kid’s book? I like Where’s My Cow, by Terry Pratchett!