If you know me at all, you’ll not be surprised that one of the main components of this project is a stair tread. I’ve been kicking this idea around in my head for a while and it turned out even better than I could have imagined. It is so simple, yet functional. I think this would be a good laptop desk as well if you are short on space. It just dawned on me that this might be a good option for parents setting up learning centers at home. If you use the second shelf from the bottom with a child sized chair it could be perfect for Preschool, kindergartners and 1st graders. What do you think? **Now if you have children, you might want to use a bracket or two and anchor this to a wall. I don’t think it would come over easily but you never know. You probably know if you need to add this step or not. I don’t have little ones so I don’t have to do this.** Now, this setup works for me, if you want it to have more support, you can have it overhang the towel shelf more or add wall brackets beneath. Since it is a diy, you can customize it anyway you want. I just wanted to make a super simple project, that didn’t require a lot of tools or time for people.
How to Make a Vanity Station or E Learning Laptop Station.
I am using two IKEA shelves. Amazon has their version and it should work as well. I looked at the dimensions and even though it is an inch and a half smaller, it should work.
You will also need a stair tread, 1 1/2 inch screws, a drill, two 1 by 2 pieces of wood that are 14 1/2 inches in length. I used a wall mirror, too but you could use a freestanding vanity top mirror instead.
The hardest part of my project was hanging the mirror. It was so dang heavy. So, I used my favorite Monkey Hooks to do it.
I used masking tape to go from one d-ring on the back to other d-ring. I colored in the inside area of the ring... Or you could just trace the inside.
I transferred the masking tape to the wall. I used a level to try to ensure that it was level. I made a hole in the drywall with a nail then removed the nail and fed in the Monkey Hooks. It takes a little bit of wiggling to get it in. Then I hung the mirror and I was ready to assemble the vanity.
Lay the stair tread between the two shelves overhanging slightly.
I was using two scrap pieces of 1 by 2’s so I marked them at 14 1/2 inches and cut them.
I attached it in three places on each side. Into each post and the middle into the stair tread.
I am so pleased with how it turned out.
My daughter loves it!!!
So much room for storage. You could even keep folded jeans, shorts and a bin of socks. How would you use this?
What do think? I’ll be adding a video of the assembly process tomorrow when the sun is shining.
Styled as a learning station.