DIY: Study Rooms for KidsSeptember 8, 2014
By Nikki Cecala
Your child has returned to school and you’re noticing the homework and studying is getting heavy. School books are scattered on the kitchen table, notebooks are opened on the coffee table in the living room, and pens and highlighters appear magically throughout the house. Why not make a study room for your son or daughter?
Your first thought may be that you do not have the funds for such a wonderful idea. But making a study room does not have to be expensive. You probably already have everything you need without realizing it. You really only need three things for the foundation of a great study room: location, furniture, and accessories. We even created a Pinterest board to inspire you.
First, you and your child need to agree on a location. Maybe you have a junk closet that you can clean out. Maybe you have a mudroom or a window recess that can be put to great use. Maybe you have an inside back porch that nobody uses. Maybe you don’t have an extra room but have a corner of a room you can section off with a simple hanging curtain. Find somewhere private, quiet, and peaceful. Does the space have access to a view or window? Imagine what would help you focus and get work done and ask your child what would help him or her.
You won’t need to go out and buy all new furniture, but you will need a table and chair. Depending on the space, you can add shelving. I recommend wall shelving because it is space-friendly and inexpensive. A cabinet would be another good piece of furniture to use in this room, as it could store supplies like notebooks, pencils, rulers, calculators, and any other study materials that could clutter up the area.
This is the fun part! Let your son or daughter get creative. Allow him or her to hang pictures, add a clock, a corkboard, a calendar, etc. I recommend a motivational board to help inspire and keep your child focused.
If you need ideas on how to utilize a closet or make cute accessories, visit our DIY: Study Rooms for Kids board on Pinterest. We will be adding to it regularly, so follow the board for the latest updates.
Where have you created space for your child’s studying? Tell me in the comments below.