In the past year I have received some amazing products from Guidecraft but thus far this is my most favorite: Desk to Easel Art Cart
This versatile unit can be positioned as an upright, angled easel or a folded-down, flat workspace. Features easy-to-clean laminate surfaces, with a write-on/wipe-off surface and paper roll on one side and a chalkboard on the opposite side. Plenty of storage space including four fabric bins, paper cubbies, and a paint/glue bottle area allows young artists to stay organized while working. Includes an 18″ x 100′ paper roll, five paint cups, and side clips for displaying artwork. Adult assembly required. Each fabric bin measures 9″W x 9″D x 5″H. Ages 3+. 22.5″W x 26″D x 42″H with easel fully assembled. 24″ flat desk height.
Retails for $200
Parent perspective: Let’s start with the most favorite aspects- the ability to utilize this cart in several ways. Easel chalkboard, easel dry erase board, easel paint/crayon/marker board, it also easily converts to a desk with raised edges (so very important to keep the mess contained) for art/craft projects. I am amazed at the massive amounts of storage on this cart. It comes with 4 large red fabric bins and then there are shelves by the chalkboard side. Another great feature is the side clips for drying and displaying artwork. I can’t tell you how many times I have draped wet paint artwork over various pieces of furniture to dry and cringed while doing so. One of the best features is the ability to lay the easel flat and I love that there is a safety feature to make sure little hands can’t accomplish this without an adult’s help. You have to remove 2 screws in order to transition to the desired position then put the screws back into place. All of this takes less than 30 seconds thanks to the groove system which gently glides the easel up and down.
Set up wasn’t bad. I have a hard time reading picture instructions so I needed my husband’s help deciphering some of the layout. This Art Cart assembly definitely goes quicker with two people. The only downside we encountered was that one of the screws wouldn’t easily fasten but that was remedied by using an electric drill. There are tons of pieces to start out with but don’t get discouraged because they all go together rather quickly. Here is a picture of all the pieces: (please excuse the cat who wouldn’t move)
Things I would change: Having each paint cup have a different lid cover instead of having 2 blues and 2 yellows. I would also like to see paintbrushes added to this product becasue while we had paint on hand I had to search for paint brushes.
Here are some pictures of the assembled cart:
And how it converts:
Physical Therapist Perspective: Great product to promote weight bearing through the lower extremities, upright trunk posture and forward and upward movement of the arms. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor coordination and spatial awareness are also used with this product. If a child has tactile issues, finger painting is another great use.
Here is what I woke up to this morning:
I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. I did a receive free product samples to keep for my testing purposes. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for the product. Receiving the product for free did not persuade my personal beliefs or views. My views are solely my own opinions.