In my quest to convert a corner of the dining room into a play nook for the Trikester, I’m on the hunt for a Montessori style shelving unit. Kylie from How We Montessori wrote a great post on storing toys on low shelving units. To summarize, children create order in their own minds by playing in orderly environments. Eye level shelving with specific spots for each toy helps children see which things are available to play with and it makes it easier for them to pick-up and put-away their things.

My shelf needs to be sturdy and less than 36” tall. All wood materials with natural finishes would be a great bonus. There are many beautiful options available. Here’s what I’ve rounded up at a variety of price points:


1)   Montessori Outlet Closed Back Shelf, 2) Kid Advance 2 Shelf Storage Unit, 3) Crate and Barrel Irondale Low Shelving 4) Room and Board Moda Bookcase Bench 5) Ikea Expedit 6) Pottery Barn Cameron Bookcase7) Grove Furniture Wide Classic Console Base 8) TrueModern Low Bookcase

Honestly, after looking at some of these, it’d be a really easy DIY project. I like to build furniture (if you’ve never checked out the Ana White site, it’s awesome -- she's kind of my idol), so I’m sure I could put together something simple. I’m thinking I’d do a simple two shelf bookcase with a hand-rubbed natural oil finish, and paint or “upholster” the back panel so the rear of each shelf has a fun pop (kind of like #8 - the TrueModern option).

Have you ever built furniture? Do you have a favorite Montesorri style bookshelf that I’ve missed?