Designing the perfect study space for kids can be the key to getting them to focus and finally get good grades. It’s a bit of an art and science: striking the right balance between creating a space that’s bright enough to stimulate them without being so busy it distracts them.
I loved the following idea of using a colorful pegboard to store supplies for my children. They will have everything they need right in reach and we can also hang up their artwork to inspire them during study time. This idea will help eliminate the inevitable, “Mom, can you help me find this?” question that I seem to hear all too often.
The wide, two-seat table is also a great idea that will fit into our small den space where I’m planning the new homework area. It’s a good idea to consider whether your children work better independently or as a team when designing your study space.
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Free hanging shelves and boxes can also be used to create a highly personalized and practical design.
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Another great idea that I stumbled across in my search incorporated baskets and open shelving into the design. This space is much larger than ours, but I loved all of the storage space and the personalized chairs added a special touch.
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Another fun touch that gives color and energy to a space is interesting furniture. Ideally, pieces that are kid-sized!
A minimalist desk combines with an inexpensive futon for reading, coloring, and other activities.
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Simple touches such as a polka dot chair to match a rug and artwork can give a study space an interesting visual feel.
An ultra-sleek and modern look combines chic lines with an uncluttered workspace for a lot of productivity.
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Natural Sunlight (or the Next Best Thing)
One of the greatest benefits of our new study space is that it has two large windows that let in the afternoon sunlight. Let’s face it, we all feel a little more inspired when we’re working in a space immersed in natural light.
If you have the opportunity to take advantage of the sunlight when you are planning your design, you may find that your child is more motivated because they will be in a better mood and be able to feel the fresh air as they do their work.
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If you can’t get a lot of natural light, here are some interesting choices.
This DIY craft approach converts an old glass globe into a scholarly light.
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Drum shades give a distinct look and feel to any boring old ceiling light.
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These Lego inspired LED lamps will be loved by the budding engineers and scientists in your family.
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The first step in designing a study space for your kids is putting their needs first. Think about their work styles and what inspires them to do their best work. Whether your children would be best suited in an environment where they can work together or if they’d thrive in a space that would allow them to work independently, there are a number of functional and beautiful design options available that would meet the needs of family study space!
Jim Klossner is a home improvement professional and single father of 2. He has enjoyed putting his skills to use, crafting the ideal study environment for his sons’ success. Click here for info on the study materials he recommends!