One of the best ways to improve your child’s learning habits is to set up a study area at home. This holds true whether they’re returning to face-to-face learning or prepping for online schooling this fall. If you’re short on space, know that there are ways to make it work. Read on for tips and study room ideas to get you started. It’s also a good idea to let the kids in on the project to motivate them for the coming school year.
1. Set the Right Pace with Good Study Room Design
Where you set up your kids’ study room is important. If your house is spacious, pick a room that’s quiet and comfortable. If you have the time and resources, consider building a study nook. It’s a worthwhile investment that your kids can use for as long as they’re in school. If you’re short on space, here are study room ideas to help maximize what’s available:
Put a Small Table in Your Living Room
Another idea for a study room is to use your common area. You don’t need a large space to set up a small, lightweight table. A sturdy collapsible one would be great. Make sure to set down everything they need nearby. The kids can do their schoolwork while you’re doing the chores. You can easily remove the table when it’s not in use.
No space in the living room? Then, your dining table will do just fine, provided it’s clear of clutter. Schedule study time ahead of meals to keep your kids focused.
Create a Study Corner in Their Bedroom
Set up a desk and chair in your kid’s bedroom. Mount floating bookshelves or racks to save on space yet keep their school supplies within easy reach.
Worried that having a bed in plain sight can turn their thoughts from studying to snoozing? Or, that they’ll play with their toys and gadgets instead? That’s understandable, but it’s one way to teach them self-discipline. Create a study schedule for them and stick to it. Explain that just as there’s a time for play and rest, there’s also a time to get busy with schoolwork.
Set Aside Room in Your Study
One of the most convenient study room ideas is to make room in your work area. Set up a table and desk where your child can study. It’s a good way for you to keep an eye on the younger ones, especially if you have a work-from-home set-up. It’s easier for them to get your input. Plus, think about how this will bring you closer. If this proves to be a challenge to your work life, create a schedule where you can alternate using the room.
2. Use a Desk and Chair Made for Kids
Depending on how much room you have, choose a desk that’s large enough to fit stacks of books and school supplies. If you have opted for online learning this school year, a learning device like a computer or tablet is necessary.
Pick a chair that’s ergonomic, meaning it’s built to support good posture when your child’s sitting down for long periods of time. An adjustable chair is a good choice. One with good back support and a headrest is even better.
If your child is in pre-school, let them use a desk and chair that are proportionate to their size. Having them sit with their feet flat on the ground is good for their posture. It helps them focus on their work instead of struggling to sit up straight and keep still.
3. Light It Up
All that studying is going to cause eye strain without the proper lighting. Lots of natural light is best so consider a study room with wide windows. Invest in a good desk lamp for when your kids will be studying in the late afternoon or evening.
Choose a lamp that’s flexible and emits a clear and bright light. You can adjust it to get rid of glare and shadows. Also consider the size of the desk. For example, a clip-on lamp would be the right choice for a small desk so there’s room for everything else.
4. Use Color to Promote Learning
Color can set the mood in any room. It also evokes emotions. You want the dominant hues in your kid’s study area to send them the right signals. There’s no need to re-paint an entire room for this purpose. An option is to choose study furniture and useful accents like school supply organizers, notebooks, and desk lamps in these shades:
- Red or Orange – Keeps the mind alert
- Yellow or Red – Promotes creativity
- Yellow – Encourages a positive mindset
- Blue – The color of intelligence; improves communication
- Brown – Relieves exhaustion
- Green or Purple – Calming; instills a sense of peace
You know your little ones best, so choose colors depending on their needs. For example, if your child gets distracted easily, go for orange or yellow. Or, if your child is shy and needs encouragement to speak up, blue is a good choice.
5. DIY Decorate It
Everybody needs inspiration, especially your kids! Create fun and useful study room decorations that you can make together. Seeing their handiwork will inspire your kids to put their crafty creations to good use.
Cute Back to School Wreaths
Re-purpose your artificial Christmas wreaths into back to school decorations. Choose a theme according to your kid’s favorite class.
For example, if your kid is into art decorate your wreath with artsy odds and ends like Jennifer Perkins. She used old paint tins and paint brushes from the crafts store as ornaments. Another idea from Jen is to decorate a green Christmas wreath with magnetic letters, crayons, and eyeglasses. It can be a tribute to your kid’s favorite teacher.
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Why stop with green when you can go every color of the rainbow? Teacher and DIY maven Cassie Stephens decorated a rainbow wreath with DIY school supply-themed accents. For more study room ideas, check out Cassie’s Back to School decorating projects.
A Pencil Tree
This pencil tree is too cute for words. Jennifer Perkins dreamed up this study room to give her kids good learning vibes. She transformed a yellow Christmas tree into a pencil using a paper mache craft cone, using beige and black paint to add detail. Pink spray paint on a silver bucket made it look like an eraser. Check out her post for detailed instructions.
Also, why not take your cue from Jen and use a small colorful tree as a study room decoration?
Notebooks Decorated with Watercolors
These gorgeous customized notebooks will make note taking fun. Brit + Co gives you three ways to work your creative bone using watercolor paints as your medium. Your teens will love this project. We know you’re going to want a set for yourself!
School Supply Organizers
If there’s one thing that can wreck anyone’s concentration, it’s clutter. Think of all the school supplies and books kids need for an entire school year. Give them the space to organize these. Here’s another study room idea: instead of settling for plain organizers, customize them with your kids. We love these rainbow-stitched desk caddies by Jennifer Perkins. They’re easy to make and a sight for study-sore eyes. Check out her post to learn how to make them.
5. Set a Study Time
We can’t tell you enough how important it is for you and your kids to keep an eye on the clock. A set schedule helps form good study habits, plus leaves room for rest and quality time with the family. The younger they are, the faster it is to tire them out. Consider 20 minutes a stretch for your grade-schooler and 40 for a teen. If they need to study longer, make sure they have breaks and snacks to give them brain power.
Here’s an essential study room idea. Put a clock on your kid’s desk or hang one where it’s easily seen. This DIY Moon Clock from Hellobee is a study room decoration that lets your kids know when it’s time to start and end. We can see the boys loving this one.
6. Stick Around to Lend a Hand
It’s great to encourage independence, but a little guidance from you goes a long way, especially for younger kids. We don’t mean you should hover and look over their shoulders as they study. Let them know that you’re always ready to help when they need it. Resist the urge to do their homework for them though. Experience is the best teacher at the end of the day.
Whether you’re gearing up for a year of home schooling or heading back to face-to-face learning, spark back to school excitement by sharing this post. Got any study room ideas you want to share? Leave a comment below.