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Born To Play Thomas and Friends Desk with Stool

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Brand: Born To Play / Type: Desk

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      19.12.2010 16:57
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      A perfect place for my little engineer to colour, play and eat snacks.

      Note - our version of the Thomas desk is identical to this except for colour scheme. I submitted both versions to Dooyoo, as I know they often include the version that is still available to purchase, since this is obviously more useful to consumers. Other than colour the two sets are identical.

      My sons both love trains, and Thomas has always been very popular in our house. When I noticed this through a thrift shop window, I went in to enquire. Unfortunately it had been coloured and was rather dirty, having just arrived, but when the woman said I could have it for £4, I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately our desk did not include the stool. I was a bit concerned that the fact that this was going to take quite a bit of scrubbing might damage the paint. It really was in a dreadful state. But after and hour of heavy scrubbing and a half a bottle of Dettol, this really did come as good as new. The paint was in perfect condition under layers of marker, crayon, and general grime. I have to admit, this impressed me and immediately moved the product up a notch in my books. It means that I am comfortable enough to let my sons, eat, paint or colour at this desk, as it does clean up with no problems.

      This desk is primarily used by my two year old, but the five year old does it use it occasionally. I would say that the maximum age for this would be about 6, after which it is just too small for a child to sit comfortably at. Of course this will vary a bit if the child is very tall, or very short. the desk has a small footrest underneath, the main writing surface, a set of three tiny cupboards and a small shelf to the top. My youngest son absolutely loves these little cupboards and is forever plating with the doors and putting things like toy trains in them, so this is a really nice feature. My husband might think otherwise though, as it took some time to find his car keys when they ended up in one of these cupboards. I do think children just love wee hiding places like this though. I find it often holds a secret stash of sweeties as well, which I never disturb, it's nice to have a secret place . We keep this next to our train table, and it really is a brilliant addition to the room. The shelf will have a number of small trains lined up across it,and of course more in the wee doors. My son also uses this to climb onto the train table. I have found this to be extremely well made and it easily supports the weight of either boy.

      The only drawback I can find to this item is that it can not sit flush against the wall. This is because there are two wooden slots and pegs which attach the cupboard unit that stick out at the back. This is not a major issue, but it does mean toys get dropped behind the back and it has to be pulled out to retrieve them frequently. Overall though, I still really love this desk. it is sturdy and well made, bright and cheerful and my boys have really enjoyed it. I do find that children just love having furniture sized down to their size, and this has been a very well loved item in our house. It is so well made that I expect it will still be in perfect condition to be passed onto another child when my sons do outgrow it.

      The measurements for this are as follows:
      Height of desk 18 1/4 " or 47 cm
      Total height 35 ", 89 cm
      Width 23", 58 cm
      Depth 17 1/2 " 45cm, including a small bit that sticks out at the back.

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