At the start of every new school year, your child may have a heady mix of emotions – from excitement and anticipation to nervousness and an uneasy feeling of what will lay ahead. To assist them in the transition and to encourage them to reach their academic goals, an area where they can quietly sit away from the rest of the activities of the home is a must.
Today, I wanted to share some inspiration on creating a great study area for your kids. Not only does it need to be creative and inspiring, it also needs to be practical and ergonomic and it needs to be able to cater to their needs as they grow up – a tall order for any design!
Of course, if you have a large playroom exclusively for the kids, finding space for a desk area isn’t difficult but even in smaller homes, there are always creative ways to carve out a small area just for them. One of the most important aspects to any study area is storage. A desk with drawers will always be more practical than one without and having a simple system will make tidy up a cinch.
Consider large baskets or boxes that can be easily pulled in and out. Utilise the walls for vertical storage and to hide away any clutter. A peg board or cork board is a great idea for things like craft supplies and to display artwork. Even in the smallest spaces, there are plenty of desks on the market that allow for a desk to be folded away or against a wall when not in use, maximising your space.
Of course, children are smaller than adults and so having a study area designed for their size will improve how comfortable your children are when they are working. There are plenty of desks and chairs specifically made for children that will create a space that’s made just for them, ensuring a relaxed and stimulating spot perfect for when they need to get their heads down. Having a small private oasis just for them will ensure they perform at their best.
Even if your tastes for the rest of your home run neutral or minimalistic, it’s important to keep your children’s area bright and inspiring. Children get bored easily and their minds need constant engagement or they will lose interest quickly so it’s not a time to go bland in your design. You can incorporate softer colours or brights but ensuring there is plenty of contrast and playful aspects too to make learning that bit more fun.
A Space They Can Grow Into
As your children grow, changing the design of their rooms and study areas can become a costly ordeal. Consider using neutral and well-built pieces for the base of the design and then add colour and interest in the accessories around it. This way, as your child’s taste change, updating their study space is simply a matter swapping out the accessories.
How will you be preparing your own children’s study space in the run up to the new school year? I’d love to hear from you in the comments with your ideas!
- Giant corkboard in kid’s study area: Young House Love
- practical storage in kid’s room: SF Gate / Desinger: Tineke Triggs / Photo by Philip Harvey
- black desk in small area: Cuckooland
- pink mint white study desk: Steph Bond
- workspace for older child: Cuckooland