Do you want a Family Command Center, but you don’t have any room?! Then, this is the post you need to read. I will show you how I got creative with a small laundry room that was just inside my front door to create my Small Space Family Command Center.
First, let’s take a look at what I was working with. We had a 3-story condo with the garage, front door, and laundry room on the bottom floor and everything else was up the stairs.
The first thing I did was write down all the things I wanted to squeeze in to my tiny space. I knew I wanted a bench seat where the kids could put their shoes on, storage (who doesn’t need more storage?), hooks for the kids backpacks, a calendar, memo board, and I wanted it to be cute and inviting so I actually wanted to leave the door open.
My husband is a carpenter, so I had a little bit of a cheat in this area, but I was seriously considering visiting Ikea and getting those Expedit (they might be called Kallax now?) cube thingies. You know the ones? They come in all shapes and sizes and you could get a 1 x whatever and lay it on it’s side so it’s a bench seat. Voila!
But, like I said, my husband is a carpenter, so it was actually cheaper and smarter for us for him to just build the boxes.
Here’s something you should do if you’re really wanting this to look professional and “built in” – make sure you cut the baseboards off where you’re going to push your bench seat up to the wall. This way there isn’t a gap in the back of your bench seat and it pushes all the way up to the wall.
Then, we got to painting. If you’re doing the Ikea thing, you can skip that part. We sprayed ours with a paint sprayer, but you could totally brush these or spray paint them.
After you got your bench seats all good to, it’s time to make a cushion for your bum. I measured the depth and length of the seat and then went to my local craft store and got some nice, dense foam and cut it to the same dimensions. I also picked out a pretty fabric. Then, I tootled off to Home Depot and got some thin plywood also the same dimension as the seat.
Okay, stay with me here because I didn’t take a picture of this part. Ugh! Cut your fabric so it’s big enough that you can wrap it around the foam. Now, lay your fabric on the floor (pretty side down), lay your foam on top of the fabric, then lay your plywood on top of the foam. Now, go around the foam and pull up sections of the fabric and using a staple gun, staple the fabric in to the plywood. I did this twice, to make two cushions because I have an L-shaped bench seat. Then, put your new cushion on top of your bench seat.
I found some baskets at Target that fit nicely in to the bench seat and there you go – instant (almost instant) storage!
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Small Space Family Command Center. Next, I’ll show you how I got a calendar, memo board, hooks, shelves, AND containers for pens and dry erase markers all on the wall above it!
Do you have a DIY command center?
Leave me a link in the comments. I’d love to take a look at yours!
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