Since I’ve homeschooled my kids, the best place I have found to do school with them has been the dining room table. The problem is that I like my dining room to look like a dining room since it is right inside the front door. I’ve never been one to hang posters and charts on the walls so my main issue was how to deal with the volume of books and papers that pile up daily. I needed a quick hide away, yet I needed to have easy access to all these school necessities. I came up with a somewhat formal looking buffet table to accommodate my needs.
I first found two sets of plastic box drawers that were large enough to hold books, pencils, paper, and other school supplies. They were a little on the short side, so my hubby, Tim, lovingly built a wooden box frame that they could set on to give me the height I wanted and additional storage underneath. We screwed the frame of the drawer sets to the wood box. Tim cut a piece of wood to set on top of the plastic boxes. I covered it with quilt batting and fabric, attaching with a staple gun on the underside. I ordered a piece of glass to fit on top for protection.
I attached Velcro with a staple gun, and sewed a hem in some fabric that would cover the front and sides. I added a decorative swag of fabric and some tassels to dress up the storage unit. It has taken abuse over the years, but has held up exceptionally well. If I keep it after we move, I plan on updating the swag and tassels with something a little more contemporary.
Buffet Storage Hide Away- Closed and open This is a very versatile piece and can easily accommodate any normal dining room storage needs such as special dishes or linens.