As your child grows, he or she will start having more academic needs that require time and space for studying. Schools vary in how much homework they assign, but it's prevalent for students as young as 2nd grade to have some reading required outside of school.
This work will inevitably get done faster if it takes place in a distraction-free and comfortable environment. Although some families default to using the kitchen table because it allows for better parental supervision, children should learn independent study skills by using a desk or other workspace in their room.
The best starting point for a study space is a loft bed with desk. After that, the furniture combinations are nearly limitless. As long as you provide the right tools and a distraction-free study environment, your child can build the self-discipline needed to reach their academic goals.
Large work desk for children
Get a Loft Bed
Loft beds are the best way to maximize available space in your child's bedroom. They are a safe and effective way to use vertical space instead of trying to squeeze a bed and a desk next to each other.
Twin loft bed with desk
The space underneath loft beds tends to be around 5', which is enough for a child to sit comfortably at a desk. The wall behind the bed is perfect for a whiteboard with to-do lists and other reminders.
Loft beds have the bonus of creating a cozy feeling around the space underneath. It's the ideal environment for studying and even working on projects like drawing or crafts.
Although loft beds are commonly available in twin size, you can also find full-size loft beds with desks as well. These create an even larger space underneath that can usually fit another small piece of furniture in addition to a desk.
Add a Bean Bag Chair
Although desks are almost mandatory for older kids who need to write a lot, bean bag chairs are great for relaxing with a book. For younger students whose homework mostly consists of reading, your study space might only consist of a bean bag.
White bean bag chair
A bean bag also allows students to take a stretch break without wandering too far from their desks. If there isn't room to store the bean bag right next to the desk, you can still keep it elsewhere in the room and allow your child to drag it over when it's time to study in a more comfortable position.
Toys, electronics, games, and other items are a potential distraction while studying. Even if your child's room is small, find a way to store distractions away from the study space. Ideally, a closet or other visually closed-off area is best for storage, but a toy chest or storage bin will also work.
Modern rustic kids bedroom design
Even a bookshelf can be a distraction if it contains books that your child really likes. Consider moving it across the room or out of sight from where your child will be sitting. At the very least, keep it out of arm's reach so your child is less likely to take a reading break when they need to be writing.
Provide Study Supplies
Nothing invites procrastination like a trip downstairs to get supplies. Let your child have paper, highlighters, a stapler, and an assortment of pens and pencils at their desk, so they're always ready for their assignments.
Metal desk organizer set
A desktop or drawer organizer is essential for keeping these supplies organized. Your child should pick out the organizer to increase the chances that he or she will use it consistently. This will hopefully cut down on lost supplies over time.
Having natural sunlight in a room improves its overall atmosphere. However, depending on which direction your child's window faces, there may be many distractions lurking outside.
Modern kids bedroom design
Investing in heavier curtains gives your child a way to block out both visual distractions and noise. Although blinds are useful for reducing sight, they don't do anything to reduce noise. Heavy noise-reducing curtains are a good investment for when your child gets older and has to work on more time-consuming assignments.
Regardless of whether or not you close the curtains, make sure your study space has enough light. A good desk or floor lamp goes a long way to reduce eye strain on sunny and cloudy days.
Allow a Laptop
Allowing your child to use a laptop on a limited basis in their study space is a great way to build trust and responsibility. If your child needs a computer for their assignment, loan them a laptop and use a web browser with parental control settings to keep them on-task. You can temporarily block individual websites as needed and then take the computer back downstairs when your child is done studying.
Narrow desk for a laptop
A tablet is another good option, especially if used with an external keyboard. Ensure your child uses good posture, and consider buying a stand that holds the tablet closer to eye level to reduce neck strain.
Use Color Theory
Although your child may have already decided on a preferred color scheme for their room, their study corner may need some adjustments. Colors like red, orange, and yellow are energizing, and color psychology suggests that they may actually make it harder to concentrate.
Consider pastel blue or green for your child's study space. These colors are soothing without being sterile and lifeless. If it's not feasible to paint the walls, try a wall hanging a poster with a simple design that isn't too distracting.
Pastel colors in study space
Grow and Improve
Even the best study space will need to change over time. One vital area to watch for is the size of your child's furniture. If your child's posture begins to decline as he or she grows, you may need a new desk or chair for them. Plus, you may need a laptop stand or external monitor if they need to use the computer for extended lengths of time.
Trendy children's bedroom interior
Your child's interests will inevitably change as well, and it's essential to give them some ownership over their study space. Even though there are best practices for minimizing distractions, kids and teens don't want to work in an area that's totally devoid of visual interest.
Work with them to allow one or two items that personalize the space, like a desk lamp or decorative poster. With a little creativity, you'll create a space that actually makes your child want to work hard in their studies.