Dedicated space for Homework or Study
As young children move up in grades, there becomes a need for a dedicated space where they can do their homework or study.
As young children move up in school grades, there becomes a essential need for a dedicated space where they can do their homework or study. The area required for a small desk shouldn't take up too much space and we have put together some clever ideas and creative ways to carve out a space where a child can study and learn.
Whether your children are still in primary school or moving up through the grades in high school, after school they head for home with bags full of homework, projects and assignments that have to be done at home. If you don't have a dedicated space for them to do their after-school study, you will soon discover that your dining table gets taken over or the kitchen countertop is overflowing with school supplies.
Alexey Seldin & Alexei Golub
Where to place the study area
If possible, try to set up a space that is close to a window, especially if they will be doing their homework when they come home from school in the afternoon. Natural light is far better than artificial light, although you will need to incorporate additional lighting so that they don't strain their eyes. Where is just is not possible to place the study area close to a window, do make sure to have plenty of light sources around the area.
A study area that is well-thought out and designed will set your child on the right track for future habits, and all that's needed is a small space, a desk and chair, and some crafty inspiration to put everything together and make homework fun.
No matter how small the bedroom, with some clever planning you should be able to squeeze in a worktop and some wall shelves that create an area where your child can sit and relax. While the furniture that is locally available is not very inspiring, or not the right size, sometimes all you need are a few basic tools to assemble it yourself. And if you don't yet have the skills... it's time to attend a DIY Divas workshop!
Plenty of storage
The next thing to tick off the list is storage... and children need plenty of organised storage if you want them to keep their bedroom neat and tidy and regardless of the room size, you can design an awesome space that's well within your budget.
An easy way to add storage and accommodate all their school supplies is with a drawer unit. You can buy these ready made at Builders or stores that specialise in kitchen cabinets and then simply pop on the countertop of your choice.
For those that live in a rental home or don't want to have to drill into walls to mount shelves, an easier way is to have complete laminated pine or SupaWood panels cut to size for the space. Use a spade bit to drill holes in the panels for fixing the dowels that hold the wall shelves in place. This way, when you move you can take it with you.
Just like you need a comfortable seat when at work, your child should also have a comfortable place to sit and study. Not only is this good for posture, it will also help with their concentration. Having said that, you don't need to rush out and buy a chair that is ergonomically designed, but it should be at the correct height and have a soft seat.
Add some personality
Once all the furniture and fittings are in place, don't forget to consult with your child as to the type of personal elements they want to add. Painting a chalkboard on the wall behind the desk lets your child have a bit of a break in-between assignments, or they can use the chalkboard wall as a notice board for personal details and school events.
Older kids will definitely want to take over the space and make it their own, and as long as they don't intend to go overboard, you should be able to let them do what they want. Discuss choices on colours, or if they want wallpaper or wall stickers, and then leave them to it!