When you have school-aged children, you know how quickly summer goes by. One minute it’s popsicles, swimming pools and camp—and the next, you’re back-to-school shopping for a new wardrobe and the word’s coolest backpack. Once the shopping is done and that first school bell rings, though—the world revolves once again around the dreaded “H” word: homework. At least “dreaded” is the way most kids view it, mostly because there’s always a few hundred distractions vying for their attention. The best way to combat those study diversions is to create an area that helps your kids focus, inspires them to learn and provides all the tools they need to do their job as students. In other words, forget having them study at the kitchen table or in the great room; create their very own kid-cool workstation instead.
Here are a few ideas to help you create the ultimate space for your little study hounds. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make.
1. Keep It Quiet & Private
Whether you set up their study area in a bedroom, an attic or a bonus area, make sure there is a way to shut out the noise. The last thing your Einstein needs during study time is to hear the TV blaring or his little sibling playing—in other words, make sure there’s a door.
2. Design It to Reflect Your Child’s Style
Just because it’s a study workstation doesn’t mean it has to look boring. Design the space so your child feels comfortable and, dare we say, proud when those study buddy sessions start. If they’re teenagers, paint the room their favorite color and add a wall decal or their favorite artwork to inspire them. Let them also add to the décor with knickknacks and items that reflect their interests. They’ll be spending a lot of time in that space; let them make it their own.
3. Make It Functional
If your child is young, a small children’s desk from Ikea is perfect, plus if you have fun learning tools like a chalkboard wall, they’ll love the space even more. Older kids will need a desk with ample space for their computer, school books, a study lamp and organizers—so choose one that fits their style and has features like pre-drilled holes that keep cords out of the way.
4. Keep Them Organized
Adding stylish organizing features to their space will help kids—especially teenagers—manage their workload efficiently. If the space is small, floating shelves are great options to keep books within reach without cluttering the room. You can also look for a collection of components to keep things uniform and attractive: Pottery Barn’s Daily System has great pieces like a wooden ledge, magnetic whiteboard calendar and office organizer that are great looking, well made and super functional.
5. Be Creative with Existing Space
If you’re short on extra space, transform your child’s bedroom into a multi-use area. Loft beds are excellent for small spaces, plus you can use the area underneath as a great workstation space. If that’s not an option, partition the room with a folding screen, sheer drape or a bookshelf.
Are you prepared for your child’s back-to-school needs? Let us know how you set up your children’s study space.