DIY kids’ fold-away desk

He has his climbing wall in his new bedroom, but Fonz is also very keen on colouring, so creating a workspace was also a must. To save floor space for playing, I thought it would be a good idea to build a desk that could be folded away when not in use. Ikea sells a wall-mounted drop-leaf table, but ideally I wanted something in plywood to match the climbing wall and if we constructed something ourselves then I knew that we could make the most of every last inch of space. The back plate is just a sheet of 18mm…

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The things they don’t tell you about building work

Your children will be more excited about seeing the builders every morning than seeing you. You will gain about half a stone through eating convenience foods and takeaways. Your standards of ‘clean’ will reduce dramatically, although you will experience manic ‘I must clean up’ moments despite knowing another layer of dust will quickly replace the last one. You will become expert in the supply of hot beverages, even when a lack of electricity means the kettle doesn’t work. You will become immensely interested in details that previously you would never have noticed. Examples include the perfect finish of a skimmed…

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