If your entire family is working, studying and schooling from home at the minute, creating a quiet zone where your children can focus and study without distractions may seem like an impossible task. But, you can make a creative study area that will encourage your child to study, read, write and work.
Regardless of the size of the space you have, when it comes to planning a home study space, it pays to remember these five key elements:
When it comes to colour schemes, keep the main area neutral to promote a feeling of calm, aiding concentration. That’s not to say it has to be boring. You can add dashes of inspirational colour in your choice of accessories and furniture or paint the area behind the desk with a favourite colour. For less permanent options, a pin-board or wall-mounted clipboards will also help create interest and colour.
The right home office desk is essential for the perfect home study area. Whether your child’s study zone is in their bedroom, an unused nook, a corner in the living room or a spot under the stairs, it’s worth investing in a quality desk.
A reclaimed wood desk or industrial desk feels grown-up and industrious, encouraging kids to knuckle down. It’s also worth remembering the importance of the right chair. There’s nothing more distracting than being uncomfortable, so a comfy modern desk chair is a must.
Lighting is especially important, so if possible, try to create a study space that benefits from natural light. Make sure it works in bright sunlight though - you don’t want the sun streaming into their eyes or obliterating a screen. Good task lighting is also essential. You want the light to shine directly on the office table or desk without creating obstructive shadows.
The key to any effective study area is to keep it neat and tidy, especially if you’re sharing the space. Having an organised and clear space is vital, but being ordered doesn’t always come naturally to a child. Help them gain top marks by providing reclaimed wood shelves, drawers or a wood bookcase to ensure visible mess does not creep into the area. Even if the delightful white drawers end up stuffed full of rubbish, if your child can’t see the mess, they are more likely to be able to fully focus on the work in hand.
Adding some personal touches to your child’s study area will encourage them to want to hang around longer. You don’t want it to distract from their learning, but small additions, such as a favourite colour, monogrammed items or personal wall art behind their reclaimed wood desk will make it feel like their space. This is especially true if the study area is located in a shared space.