Oh plywood (and pine), at long last you’re having your Cinderella moment. It’s taken a while for the simple utilitarian coolness of this workhorse material to take centre stage rather than being relegated to the inside of cupboards, garage shelving or covered in paint. This affordable material has so much design potential: here’s a sampling of fab ideas for children’s spaces.
1. Corner Play Station
Part decoration, part functional unit (see those shelves), this lovely design is whimsical and just plain lovely.
2. Mountain Shelves
Have a carpenter (or family member who knows their way around power tools) whip up these funky shelves.
3. Storage Unit
This shelving unit gets its character from pops of colour.
4. Floating Shelf
Love this floating shelf that gets its modern character from graphic paint effects.
5. Vertical Storage
With its storage and display potential, this unit – fixed to the wall – can stay put in your kid’s room even when they outgrow their toys and picture books.
6. Floating Desk
A fab idea for any space, this floating desk unit is especially suited to small or open-plan areas.
7. Wall & All
A wall clad in raw wood makes a strong architectural statement – the built-in bench/shelves are an utilitarian dream.
8. Boxing Day
We all know that functional boxes are brilliant for storage: they can be wall mounted, stacked, lined up along the floor… But look how brilliantly they’re transformed with a few bright, themed decals. A cheap and cheerful idea that I love.
9. Cubby House
All children love their own little space and this house cubicle is totally charming. Love the colourful details (they’re stickers/wall decals) and the fact that it’s got its own little clip on light.