The Reading Loft

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The Reading Loft

Mary Ellen KirkbrideFifth Grade

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I have always lost at least 30 square feet of floor space to a reading corner. This would not be an issue except that I have 26 students this year. I decided that a reading loft would be an excellent way to double my space utilization while actually taking up less floor space. I had a 6 foot bookshelf in my classroom that was ineffective due to the fact it had no back and was too high to fit under my white board trays. My husband cut the bookshelf down to five feet in length so that it could serve as one set of legs for the loft. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project so we used reclaimed barn-wood for the frame. We also used reclaimed flooring material for the floor of the loft. Fortunately we had a piece of plywood lying around and were able to use that for the back of the bookshelf, which I then painted with blackboard paint. I also had a topper to an office area that we took out of our home. Some friends had some old balustrade in their basement that we were able to use to make a rail for safety. The paint was mostly donated. I wanted to use the primary colors to add a pop of color to my room that is painted completely white. The kids love to read in the area. They also love working out math problems under the loft on the blackboard area.

I have always lost at least 30 square feet of floor space to a reading corner. This would not be an issue except that I have 26 students this year. I decided that a reading loft would be an excellent way to double my space utilization while actually taking up less floor space. I had a 6 foot bookshelf in my classroom that was ineffective due to the fact it had no back and was too high to fit under my white board trays. My husband cut the bookshelf down to five feet in length so that it could serve as one set of legs for the loft. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project so we used reclaimed barn-wood for the frame. We also used reclaimed flooring material for the floor of the loft. Fortunately we had a piece of plywood lying around and were able to use that for the back of the bookshelf, which I then painted with blackboard paint. I also had a topper to an office area that we took out of our home. Some friends had some old balustrade in their basement that we were able to use to make a rail for safety. The paint was mostly donated. I wanted to use the primary colors to add a pop of color to my room that is painted completely white. The kids love to read in the area. They also love working out math problems under the loft on the blackboard area.