IKEA Bookcase Turned Bench

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I have always wanted a cute reading bench in my classroom but never had the room for it. I decided to tackle that this week and finally make room!
 We got the Kallax shelves from Ikea and some cheap pillows!

My husband assembled everything and I put it in the perfect spot:
Threw the pillows on it and it was just perfect!

I added my book bucks and I'm just in love! The kids love sitting here.
The buckets are from the Dollar Tree and the labels can be found HERE.

I moved my room and was worried I wouldn't be able to fit my bench somewhere. Where there's a will, there's a way :-) This is what it looks like in my new classroom:

My only wish was that I could have found the five cubby shelves instead, but at that point in time they were not manufactured by IKEA. I believe they have since brought them back though!
I would love to one day make a corner bench but I definitely don't have the space for that right now. Maybe one day :-)

15 comments

  1. Your classroom is so cute, I wouldn't mind living in it! That reading bench is so cool. I'm sensing a DIY project in the near future!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I think it's so important that we love the environment we teach in seeing as we spend most of our day there! The best thing of all is that the kids enjoy the classroom :-)

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  2. You classroom is adorable! I LOVE the reading bench. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you!! That reading bench is definitely something I wish I had gotten earlier in my career. The kids and I both use it every day and just love it.

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  3. Oh girl - I want to be just as creative and talented as YOU when I grow up!!!!!! You are just so crazy amounts of talented!!! I LOVE seeing what you come up with next!! :) I need front row seats, backstage passes, and SEASON TICKETS to you and your creations. Seriously. LOVE EVERYTHING!!! xoxoxox

    Ashley
    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

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    1. Did Ashley just say I'm creative and talented? What a compliment!! Thank you so much my friend! I have huge admiration for you!!

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  4. Love your bench! ADORABLE!

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    1. I wanted the bench forever ago and finally decided to take the plunge this year. I so wish I would have gotten it sooner. The kids and I sit on it every day :-)

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  5. Love the bench and the oversized posters!

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    1. Thank you! The posters are one of my favorite things for sure! I love that my kids can reference them at all times because of their size! Thank you for visiting!

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  6. That Pete bag is to die for! Where is my super puffy heart it emoji?
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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    1. I'm in love with this Pete bag! It keeps me from lugging tons of stuff home that I won't even look it ;-) It's just the perfect size!

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  7. I'm so in love with every bit of Ikea you have put all over your room! I love love love the bench bookshelf! Brilliant idea and the color is fabulous! The kids must be in love!

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    1. Thank you! The kids adore the bench! I have to assign times for them to use it or they get a little flustered over it :-D

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  8. Stunning! The posters turned out fantastic as huge as they are. Simple and clean but still fun!
    -Leslie
    TeachJunkie.com
    KindergartenWorks.com

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