Nothing is more inviting than an organized study area. Create a welcoming study area on a budget to help launch the school year well. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, a clear work surface and easy-on-the-eyes lighting…sure to inspire anyone!
How to Create a Study Area on a Budget
To create an effective study area, consider:
• Noise Level : Does your child need absolute silence to work? Do they concentrate better with some background noise?
• Safety First: Can internet access be in a well-traveled area for extra accountability?
• Parental Guidance: Does your student need you to be in proximity? One of my boys works best when I am close by to prompt, quiz, encourage etc. He does most work in the kitchen so I am accessible.
Revitalize Your Current Study Area
Maybe you have an ideal study spot already, but it needs to be freshened up. What better way to create a study area on a budget, then to use what you have. Clear everything out of the space and only bring back what is necessary or what will inspire learning. Repurpose a few baskets, magazine holders or a lamp for a no-budget overhaul.
Think Outside the Box
There may be a little spot in your home that you have never considered as a work area. Take a moment with your child and look around together. Kids are great possibility thinkers! Consider:
• An empty nook on the main level
• A small table that can be easily pulled out for homework time
• A bedroom closet
Set Up Your Study Area on a Budget
Once you have established where to put the study area, brainstorm how to make an inviting workspace for your child. Here is some inspiration:
Creative way to fit two workspaces into one spot. My two boys who like quiet LOVE this design! And repurposing a garage sale bookshelf would make this fit any budget.
Set your child up with an inviting closet study area.
Transforming an Armoire
For those who like all clutter tucked away, an armoire works perfectly! Bring out a fold down desk, and close it up at the end of the night. Sites like Kijiji have small-scale furniture options that can be repurposed on a budget.
Pottery Barn offers this amazing study area. Look for budget-friendly ways to create a similar look. Hang a calendar and cork board from HomeSense, 2 clipboards from the dollar store, and a black-brown IKEA desk to start the overhaul.
A work environment should reflect our kids. When they have been part of creating it, they will want to spend more time there. And that deserves an A+.
What hints do you have for creating study areas for your student?