Boys Industrial Workspace

Sep 25, 2014

I should have known that buying my 12 year old son a desk for his room would mean that his little brother would also want one. There were two major problems that almost had me saying no. One, I know my 8 year old will not be able to sit in his room alone to do homework. If he happened to see a squirrel outside the window his homework would be completely forgotten. The second problem is his room is super tiny. He already has a full size bed, nightstand and dresser that barely fit. Where could I possibly put a desk? He did have a little space next to his bed, but I didn't think I could find that small of a desk so I mentally scratched the idea. Well, I happened to notice a tiny industrial desk at World Market several weeks later that I knew would fit, and it does!

I also bought a metal chair at World Market to go with it. I love the rubber feet on the bottom so it doesn't scratch his wood floor. I was a little worried it might be uncomfortable, but it doesn't seem to bother him. Ah, youth.

Can you believe I found the sconce at Lowe's for $40? I've always admired this type of light, but the price tag has always been too high. I suppose if you wait around long enough someone will make a knock off version.

I'm a huge fan of pinboards in kids rooms for displaying their favorite artwork. All of my boys look at them regularly, and show off their projects to friends and family.


I love the little slot in the desk (just like when I was in school). He's already storing a few school papers in there that he doesn't have room for on his pinboard. Even if it doesn't get much use, it's good storage. He didn't say much about it, but I wasn't surprised since he's always been a boy of few words. I could tell by the half smile/smirk he loved it. I knew he would since he's drawn towards everything rustic and industrial. He might be quiet, but he's got style!


  1. I saw that while lamp at Lowe's and was so tempted, except that I have nowhere to put it. I guess that has never stopped me before :-) I'm so glad little brother got his own desk! Stacy

  2. Oh I love it! What a great little desk, it looks great with the lamp and the pinboard. I'm thinking a squirrel is going to have some tough competition with this cute space. :)

  3. Love it! I almost bought that same exact desk but couldn't figure out where I would put it!

  4. You found the perfect solution, I love it! The desk also works nicely as a side table and whole the industrial look is awesome!

  5. I love the lamp..a perfect solution! My kids always wanted to do homework around the kitchen table...but it also works out great as a side table..

  6. Hi - did you make that pinboard in the first photo or did you purchase it? If you made it, can you tell me how and if you purchased it, can you tell me where?
    Thank you!