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Prepping for children’s workshops

Hi all.

I have been doing some market research and found there is quite a need for children’s craft clubs in Dorchester so I have been busy planning away.

There have been various things I’ve needed to consider, from age groups, types of clubs as well as whether or not my workshop space is really up to the task of having kids let loose in it!

First up… lets Child proof the workshop! Well as well as possible that is! I had bought so many Kallex units and although I totally love them I was worried they would be too much of a temptation for little fingers to rummage through or generally just shove stuff in.

So to start thinking… I could use curtains… fabric costs a lot and could fray, requires sewing etc.

How about Perspex doors? or kitchen cupboard doors? Well, not only would they need resizing but those hinges would get in the way, still be easy to open and wouldn’t necessarily keep the contents hidden. not to mention the idea of trapped fingers etc.

My last thought was thin mdf or ply. My local timber yard is totally amazing and after I measured the size of a 4 cube section I went in to see what size sheets they do. At first there looked that a fair amount of each sheet would have a lot of waste, but then after a little thought I realised I could get 3 large squares and 3 sections which would make up the same coverage of 2. I ended up with very little waste and they cut them all for me right there. All totally perfect in size and barely any waste!

Next I needed to think about how I was fixing them. I didn’t want hinges as the effect I was after was a feeling of it being a continuous wall rather than it looking like it was sections. Also trapped fingers alert!!! My other thought was that if as the wood was pretty thin I didn’t want it to warp. So what did I do???

Magnetic clasps! I found some in my local range but actually found a far better deal on Amazon. each section has 4 magnetic catches hidden inside the unit, i cut some card blocks so I could always line them up correctly and there you go!!

All that was left to do was a lick of paint… In Jennysis colours of course!

So after all the excitement of finally finishing hiding all those tempting boxes I then took down my craft supply stand and filled it will pots and containers for all things crafty that would be needed in various sessions!

I hope you love how it looks.

Jen xx

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