Whether it’s a dedicated study room or a desk in your child’s bedroom, having a homework area set aside for schoolwork is essential for their education. It’s tough enough for kids to focus on homework in the first place (at least it was for me). Without their own space to sit and study, free from distractions, it may seem nearly impossible at times.
That said, your kid’s study space doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, a few tasteful decorations can create a welcoming atmosphere, helping your child feel calm, comfortable, and focused when it’s time to hit the books. Here are some of my favorite homework room design ideas to help you spruce up that study space!
If you have an only child (or just a big house), you may be able to dedicate an entire room to your child’s academic pursuits. If you have a few children, you’ll more likely need to designate the study room as a shared space. Since children’s homework needs and schedules change as they age through school, they’ll hopefully be able to share without much friction. If this is the case, be sure each child has separate storage space for books and materials in the room.
While nobody wants to take a crack at some tough fractions in a crawlspace or a closet, your study room doesn’t need to be the largest space in the house, either. All it really needs is room for a desk, storage space, adequate lighting, and an outlet for a computer or tablet.
If you have more room, consider a bookcase or table. If they play an instrument, the study room can double as a practice room. Windows are great, but avoid distractions like a television. A door or a curtain creates privacy, so they can focus on their work without feeling like people are watching them.
Forest Band Canvas Print by Antoana Oreski
Decorations for the study space should primarily be functional and include items such as clocks, lamps, and informational posters (like maps, the periodic table, or the U.S. Presidents). There’s no need to cover every square inch of wall, but adding a little warmth and color in the form of a canvas print can help your child feel invited and comfortable in their homework area. Sitting still and grinding out grammar diagrams is hard enough to get excited about without feeling like you’re doing it in a dungeon.
Try to match the art you choose for your homework room to your child’s interests. If they play an instrument, see if you can find a musical print, like this painting of a cello, for the practice room. If they’re into paleontology, showcase some dinosaurs. Astronomy? Try outer space. Natural history? Why not woodland creatures? Marine biology? Crabs, sharks, otters, and whales!
The clock and lamp shade in the room are good places to add some artwork to the room as well. If multiple children share the study space, choosing different themes for each piece based on the interests of each child can empower them all to think of the room as their own. So, perhaps a butterfly clock and a panda bear lamp. If only one child uses the room, you can pursue a cohesive theme, like construction equipment, or mix and match art according to taste.
Happy Play Roundabout by Sue Downing
Setting up a homework nook in your child’s bedroom is a matter of perspective. Since they’ll still be in the same room with all their toys, entertainment, and bed, the only thing that separates your child’s study space is, well, perspective.
To take control of this, try to arrange the room (with your child’s buy-in, if possible) so that when they sit at their desk, they can’t see their television if they have one in the room, or other nearby distractions. Similarly, keep their homework and materials storage as close to their desk as possible, so they don’t have to get up to go get the next thing they need for their work and risk getting pulled into a less productive activity.
It’s best to keep the surface of their desk relatively clear of inessential objects, so they have space to work. Still, having a lamp at their desk can provide cozy lighting if they’re working past sundown. Any lamp shade that matches their interests will work, but you may consider a gentle nudge towards diligence with artwork that features people or critters reading.
Storytime Pattern Lamp by Emma Talbot
Having a wall clock frees up desk space, while also helping your student keep on top of time as they work through assignments, or prepare for an afterschool practice, game, or other extracurricular activity. Musical clocks are good for little musicians, while these happy bunnies tell a fun story for your child to ponder when they take a quick brain-break from all the worksheets.
The most important part of setting up your child’s study room is creating a place where they can work free from distractions. Once this is taken care of, a few simple decorations will brighten the mood in the room. The happier the homework room, the happier your child will be to do their school work.
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