Children's Name and Ages: Sophia, almost 3 and Ethan, 2 months
Location: Buffalo, New York
Items used for the project and favorite part of the storage solution:
I started with these beautiful wooden drum shells that were given to me by a percussionist friend. He had been moving from city to city with them, and finally realized that he really wasn't going to use them. I took them for their ribbon-like form and I had originally intended to make them into some sort of abstract sculpture and so I stained them darker.
Watching my daughter crawl in and out of them made me realize that they would need to become something she could use, so I cut circles out of plywood to create lids for them and upholstered them with fabric from our local fabric store. The patterns are Heather Bailey Freshcut and Amy Butler Full Moon. Then I sealed the fabrics with acrylic matte varnish so that they were easily cleaned. The lids are easy for my daughter to lift and she currently stores all of her softie friends in them. These storage pieces fit perfectly under our stairs, which is an awkward space to use for us --- but Sophia fits there perfectly.
My favorite part of the solution was the unexpected second use --- my daughter in playing one day decided that they made a great "dining" set and has many tea parties with her friends. Once she outgrows the chair, it will still be usable as the storage. Also, I can reupholster the lids as her tastes change.
Best storage tip for families with children:
What's your best storage tip for families with children?: Storage needs to be easily accessible and appealing to children on both a visual and physical level. If it doesn't have an interactive appeal, then children are less likely to use it. Sophia's "traditional" toy box sat untouched for days on end....this set she plays with every day.
Thanks for entering, Dominique!