The days of summer are coming to a close and “Back to School” is looming over kids’ heads. But with half-melted popsicles still sweet in their hands, kids may have a hard time shifting from lazy to scholarly. There’s one thing, though, that could make the experience much more pleasant for all involved: a specially designed workstation that will make kids want to study when they get home each day.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up several creative study areas that will get juices flowing and keep creativity sparkling hours after they’ve left the classroom.
Cue the Closet
When space is at a minimum, make the most of what you have. Repurpose a seldom-used closet into a private study alcove that keeps distraction out and concentration in. With a simple lightweight desk and height-appropriate chair, you have a homework area that you and your child can dress up together. Add some fun wall patterns or a small framed chalkboard to keep him or her inspired and organized.
Setting up a shared space with the perfect classroom imitation may be just what your kids need to keep the school vibes flowing. A vibrant, productive atmosphere is the perfect place to settle back into after the car ride home and before scheduled television time. Use the space efficiently to shelve catalogues and resources, and keep outside noises low so as not to disrupt the studious.
Keep things sleek and simple with a modern design study space. Rather than clustering books into shelves and tabletops, try getting organized by hanging shadowboxes for context. Add some bright, cheerful color and you’ll have yourself a tidy study area that also fosters a sense of creativity. Let the room breathe with enough open space and your child will find it easier to keep focused on the task at hand.
Kitchen Internet Cafe
A quaint little study nook carved into the kitchen area allows for homework-time supervision without the need to make rounds upstairs. A wall-facing study station will keep distraction at a distance, and any help needed is just a few feet away. Both you and your child will feel at ease knowing you’re in each other’s silent company.
Wall Mounted Workstation
Sometimes compact and cozy beats out hefty and impersonal. If your child is the type that focuses better in their own private bubble, try adding a wall-mounted desk to act as their own personal kiosk. A single, foldable tabletop with room for just one will let them focus on themselves and give them room to think clearly.
The Young Artist’s Studio
Younger students still learning to fine-tune certain motor skills may find themselves more comfortable in a more lax and expressive environment. Lay out the paintbrushes, water colors, and crayons and compartmentalize them in easily reachable buckets. Give the kids room to make mistakes and they’ll start to understand what forms of expression best suits them. Teach them to put everything back in their buckets, and clean-up time will be easy as 1, 2, 3.
Remember, regardless of what type of space you choose for your child, it should always suit their specific needs. Finding different ways to create inspirational study areas can be a fun experience to share with your kids. Don’t be afraid to ask for their opinion; after all, the point is to let them work in an environment that’s good for them. Take note of who focuses better in a wide-open area, and who tends to feel at ease in a closed-off space. Creativity and inspiration comes in many different forms, and giving your child the outlet they need will make it that much easier to head back to the classroom.