There’s no clutter quite like kid clutter. And when there are four of them in a house – aged 11, 8, 6 and 3 – the paperwork and art masterpieces pile up fast. To contain the avalanche of craft supplies, homework and artwork, Montreal homeowners Gillian and Marc Lustig designed and commissioned a custom desk in their basement family room. The simple 14-foot-long unit has closed storage for supplies and four workstations so that each child has his or her own zone.
Each workstation contains two drawers and a closed cabinet, with plenty of wall space for displaying kids’ creations. Baskets hidden inside the lower cabinets store craft, paper and homework supplies.
Creativity flows easily with all your tools close at hand, either tucked away in drawers and cabinets or within quick reach on the single long countertop that acts as a work surface. Simple flat white cabinetry with chunky stainless steel hardware is easily wiped clean. Display frames made from chicken wire and blackboard offer a place to dry painted pieces.
The iconic Tripp Trapp chairs by Stokke have a height-adjustable seat to accommodate the children’s different sizes as they grow.
18 by 22 feet.
The 14-footlong desktop stretches between a wall and a staircase at one end of the basement family room, acting as an art and homework station.
The palette is completely neutral (an all-white room), with flat white cabinets, a white countertop and pale natural wooden chairs; this allows the kids’ artwork to really pop and each masterpiece to take centre stage.