Monday, February 15, 2010

Children's Artwork Display Solution

When we did our house addition (expanded family room and eating area) we turned our dining room into a playroom and have been very pleased with this decision. There wasn't a lot of available wallspace in the room as it is open to our "formal" living room but I did want to find a way to display some of my children's artwork. The only space available was a five foot wall above the piano.
It was the perfect length for a small curtain rod. I purchased this rod and the ring clips from Target. It is the same rod style that I used for my dropcloth drapes in another area of my house. My children are thrilled to have their artwork up and I love having it up. I know some people use art display systems from Ikea or Pottery Barn, but I don't live near those stores--plus this rod was very inexpensive and it matches (in color and general style) the curtain rods and chandelier that I already have in this space.
Yes, the rod is centered on the wall--it is hard to tell, but the wall turns a corner just a few inches beyond the piano. If you look at the trim along the floor, you can see that it is farther back than the piano. I'm still deciding whether or not the rod is too high. I like that the artwork is high enough that the children can't tug on it, but I'm not a huge fan of the empty space below it. I'm still pondering this one.

I linked this up to DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

23 comments:

janelle said...

love it! i want to put one of those in each of my kids rooms! i also love your blog name! super cute! janelle at sew blessed

Sara said...

Now why haven't I thought of that before?!? Love it!

Centsational Girl said...

That is wicked smart ! Love it so much. How wonderful for a rotating display of budding Picasos !

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

How have I not found your blog before now! It's incredible. I was going to feature one of your posts, but I can't copy any of the pictures. I can't really feature anything that I can't get a picture for. Am I doing something wrong or do you have something set on your blog that won't allow it. Anyway, REALLY cute blog and great ideaS!

Tammy James said...

Great Idea!
Hmmm I do see what you mean about the space below too, I don't have a suggestion for you though.

Karri said...

GENIUS!!!!! I am so copying this. I've been trying to figure out what to do over the couch in the den, while at the same time, not having a playroom to display artwork anymore. This is a fab idea! I am off to Target today....

Angel said...

Oh, I love this idea! I was thinking of using a tension wire with clips to display art in our playroom, but this looks fun too. About the open space below it...could you just add a second rod, so you'd have two rows for display?

Fawn said...

Oh! What a great idea! My 5-yr-old is totally into displaying her art, and her 2 3-yr-old brothers are totally into tearing them down! What a great solution!

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Vanessa Contessa said...

I stumbled on this from another blog and I just want to say thanks for the great idea! I am in the process of redecorating our guest room/play room and I think this is a great solution for over my daybed! The art will be up, but still be nice and contained when guests are here!

Thanks!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Girl I love this!! :)

The Thriftress said...

What a great idea. I was going to do a clothes line display for artwork but this is more polished!

Kristy said...

Such a great idea - I've seen the systems from Ikea, too, and always thought it looked just a bit flimsy. A curtain rod is a great idea, because if you've attached it securely to the wall, you should be able hang lots of stuff from it (paper and otherwise)!

Jodee Leader said...

That turned out soooo cute! The black rod really dresses it up a bit! I do something similar with wire and clothes pins so it looks more casual!

jenjen said...

I love it! I put a couple of those in my basement and my kids love putting their artwork on it. I love yours!

XOXO
Jen

Nicole said...

Very Cute! I love your valentine garland also, and your wreath with the beads.

Shannon said...

That is a great idea!!! Love it!

Heidi said...

I love this idea! I'll have to keep it tucked away in my brain until my little one starts doodling:) Brilliant!

heather said...

This is such a great idea ... my fridge is getting over run with paper crafts & doodles!
Oh! and I am now following you on twitter. I'm @cheekyheather

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

this is a great idea! I need something like this at my house! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com!

Julie Johnson said...

LOVE THIS! Why oh why didn't I think of this sooner? I have little clips from Ikea and used string for awhile, but I didn't like how the string drooped. Now their work is in piles...and I feel so bad! Now I need to figure out where to hang a rod. Thank you!
Julie
www.juliejohnsonblog@blogspot.com

Carmie - the Single Nester said...

What a great idea. Looks beautiful.

Kim said...

Such a fantastic idea! Love it! I put a picture of the one I put in my daughters room with a link to your blog today. Thanks!
http://lifeofamodernmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/spotlight-sunday-artwork-display-bar.html

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Genius! And looks nice too!