Kids are just small people. And the thing about small people is that, well, they're small. Things like clothes and furniture have to be smaller for them, too, and grow at just the same pace as they do.
A lot of money goes into buying and replacing too-small shoes and the like for the children of the house, but there are a few places to cut corners. Hand-me-downs are great, of course. But so is a tip like this one: Don't buy desks for little artists, readers and writers. Buy coffee tables.
Carmel of Our Fifth House needed small desks to turn an awkward and unused basement wall into an art center and tiny home office for her kids. Because of the odd shape of the wall, she felt as though traditional desks would have "made the wonky wall even more wonky." Instead, she found the perfect solution in two inexpensive coffee tables from Target.
They're just the right height for kids to plop down with crayons or a book and, as Carmel found out more recently, they can grow as the kids get older with a little DIY. When Carmel's bigger kids needed bigger chairs, the coffee tables got a quick rise with screw-on bun foot table legs.
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