As I have mentioned, we found ourselves homeschooling unexpectedly this year. There was not much time to prepare. My initial preparation was entirely consumed in deciding upon curriculum. Preparing our space came later.
In creating a homeschool space, I was not interested in creating a school room at home. Part of the reason we are homeschooling is that my kids needed a break from school. We wanted them to go back to the basics of loving learning and set aside some negative classroom experiences. So quite a bit of our homeschooling takes place while snuggling on couches and recliners. But at times, students need a work surface. Also, we found ourselves with a lot more books, folders and notebooks to store as well as trays of hands-on activities for our Kindergartener.
Our breakfast nook has long served as a craft and homework space. We have an entire pantry devoted to craft supplies. It was not difficult to make this space into a homeschool room. Happily, friends of ours (also homeschoolers) were having a yard sale. When they mentioned they would be selling storage units, I rushed to see what they had. I purchased three Ikea Trofast units, which included both the multilevel unit and the single vertical unit. The multilevel units, I put in our front hall closet and in Anne's room. Placing the unit in Anne's room freed up a small shelf that I put in our homeschool area along side the vertical unit. The finished project looked like this.