Designing An A+ Kid’s Study

 In Interior Design, Room Design, Space Planning

Every parent wants their child to have fun learning and having a kid’s study room can help as they navigate through new subjects at school. A kid’s study room doesn’t have to take up a whole room and there are plenty of ways to turn different areas of the home into a space for study. These tips can also help you to create a home classroom if you are homeschooling your kids.

A Dedicated Area

According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard, keeping the bedroom a sleep-inducing environment is more conducive for a good night’s rest. They suggest that “keeping computers, tvs, and work materials out of the room with strengthen the mental association between the bedroom and sleep.” While that means studying in bed should definitely not be allowed, does that mean having your children study in their bedroom will affect their beauty rest? Not necessarily.

Taking the same tips we suggested for organizing a small apartment, you can create a separate area that is dedicated to study using the right pieces of furniture. That could mean laying out a rug distinguish the study space or using a bookcase as a room divider.

Photo: Jay Greene Photography

Good Lighting

Studies have shown that natural light is the best type of light for improving moods and promoting productivity. Ideally, your child’s workspace should be near a window that allows a good amount of natural light. But what about if they’re doing homework on a rainy, cloudy day, or after dinnertime, when it’s dark out?

Lighting designers recommend utilizing multiple light sources when trying to get work done. Having a task light alone, such as a portable desk light, will highlight your child’s work at hand, but can be straining on the eyes if the rest of the room is dark. Having an overhead light that is more indirect will take away the eye strain and help brighten up the general area.

Photo: Jay Greene Photography

Comfortable Furniture

Adults are doing all they can to stay ergonomic in the workplace. Expensive office chairs, standing desks, and exercise balls are just some of the ways we try to stay comfortable, healthy, and efficient. While those three solutions may be a little too much for a kid’s study room, we should still want our kids to work in a comfortable environment!

Allow your child to test out desks and chairs that are designed for kids. Children who are not comfortable have difficulty concentrating. Desks should be at an appropriate height for kids (the tabletop should not be touching their chins!) and your child’s feet should comfortably touch the floor when they’re seated. Prepare for years of study by getting a height-adjustable chair that can grow along with your child. Other pieces of furniture to accompany your children’s desk and chair are bookcases, wall shelves, and storage drawers.

Photo: Jay Greene Photography

Fun Colors

Lastly, encourage your children’s creativity and morale by adding fun colors and personalized touches. Neon post-in notes and highlighters or desk accessories in their favorite color are all great ways to spruce a space up. Take into consideration your children’s favorite subjects and find cool posters that will make them look forward to their new study space. A period table, world map, diagrams, or artwork are all great additions to help encourage your child’s educational interests.

Creating a kid’s study room can be a fun project for parents and children to tackle together. While we can’t promise your children will be racing to do their homework every day, being able to design their own work space may help make study time just a little more enjoyable.

Photo: Jay Greene Photography

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