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DIY: "Learning Tower"

Here is the finished "Little Helper Tower" Stefan made from Ana-White's directions on her site. The only changes were that we did not do arches (didn't have the proper tool) and just made it square on top. This piece is adapted from the original (and expensive) Learning Tower. We saved a bit over $150 for doing it ourselves. This was Stefan's home made gift to Ani for her 2nd birthday, and already the kids love it. It looks somewhat small in the picture, but both kids fit easily inside, and there is plenty of room for a third in the back.
The tower scoots right up to the counter, table, or where-ever you're workinga nd the "ladder rungs" on the side you can see in the picture are actually 4 different 'heights' so it can grow with the child.
We decided to put hinges on it so once you take the platform out, it can actually fold down to a small height and slide under a bed or to the side of a closet when not in use. That doesn't happen much at our house, our kids used their stools--now this one--multiple times a day.

I have wanted one of these for almost 2 years, I'm so happy Stefan was able to re-create it without the cost! Thanks hubby, you did a fantastic job.


Lisa said…
My sister's daughter has the real one. Those things rock. I'm going to need to make one (or you can just give me yours) when the little guy is big enough. :)

Tell your hubs, "Nice work!"

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