If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do homework, check out these cool study room ideas. Maybe all you need to kick-start your kid’s study habits is a change of scenery! A back-to-school homework space that’s quiet for focus, colorful for inspiration and organized to reduce distractions would make homework time a pleasure for most kids.
Regardless of the size of the space or room, you can create an awesome and affordable kids’ homework space. Best of all, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen are running a month-long sale in July to help you create the coolest back-to-school homework spaces ever.
When planning a homework space, remember these five important elements:
1. Color:Wallpaper or paint a wall or the shelf openings in a bold and invigorating color.
2. Furniture: A small desk with storage or a coordinating file cabinet and a comfortable chair are essential.
3. Lighting: Make sure there’s plenty of ambient and task lighting.
4. Organization: Include lots of organization and storage options like shelves, cork board, pegboard, cubbies, baskets and containers to keep the space tidy and everything in its place.
5. Personalization: Add some items that are personal to your child’s style, like monogrammed items, a favorite color or personal wall art.
Here’s a roundup of the best homework desks and study room ideas:
Kids Built-In Wall Studies
Rustic Modern Study Room for Kids
Designated Study Room Ideas
Under-the-Bed Homework Desks and Study Spots
Tween and Teen Study Room Ideas
Mod Home Office, Lounge and Homework Area
Small Desk Ideas
Homework Desk With Pegboard for Organization Ideas
Long Work Surfaces for Homework and Studying
Organized Homework Area for Several Kids
A little creativity and some essential pieces can help you create an attractive, functional spot that both kids and adults would appreciate. The following are some suggested products from Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen that can get you started creating this space for your kids:
Storage Bins and Baskets
- Chandler Woven Collapsible Storage, $22-$35
- The Emily & Meritt Petit Rose Canvas Bins, $20-$96
- Cameron Bookcase Cubby & Market Bin Base Set, $369
- Underbed Storage Canvas, $25-$65
Desks and Desk Chairs
- Rowan Classic Corner Desk, $99-$899
- Ivory Sherpa Glove Swivel Chair, $295
- Colton Small Desk, $560
- Printed Airgo Chair, $159-$185
- Wooden Task Lamp, $79
- Kennedy Task Lamp, $119
- Cork and Glass Task Lamp, $69
- Isabella Rose Taylor Rose Gold Task Lamp, $79
Wall Units & Bookshelves
An awkward, under-the-stairs area is transformed into a study space with wall-mounted shelves, cork board and file cabinet desk bases. Image: Corynne Pless
A small upstairs loft is converted into a crisp white study area and home office with some essential elements: desk chairs, shelves and cork boards. Image: IS Architecture
Modern, multipurpose study room design featuring plenty of storage in a bookcase and three different work/sitting areas. Image: Refined LLC
Contemporary design featuring a sleek, white desk and a mod color theme of aqua, white, grey and red. Image: Sarah Gunn
A DIY homework spot for two using a bookcase as a divider and a small table that’s been cut in half and mounted on each side of the book case. Image: The CSI Project
A garage wall was converted into a family study space featuring a long plank of wood and wall-mounted lines to hang documents and art. Image: 22 Interiors
Convert an unused hall into an industrial chic study spot like this well-designed one featuring a rustic wood surface, aluminum stools, floating wall ledges and wire baskets. Image: Hannotte Interiors
Float desks in the middle of a room that several kids can work from. Like this study room, add a wall bookcase, baskets and additional items to keep the room well-organized. Image: SF Organized Interiors
Whether your kids need a space for a few hours of homework, or you’re a homeschooling or online school family and require multiple study stations for a full day of learning, these colorful spaces and clever back-to-school organization solutions are sure to inspire you!
If creating a home learning area seems daunting, just remember to keep it simple. A learning space could be a desk in your child’s room, the kitchen table, or a whole room set aside for school, depending on your needs. Wherever it is, there are just a few key things you’ll want to make sure to provide.
Five Things Your Home Learning Space Needs
- Adequate light – Good lighting is important. Bright natural light from a window is great, overhead or task lighting, like a desk lamp, work too. The main thing is that your student doesn’t have to strain to see their work.
- Comfortable seating – While you might want to have a couch or cozy reading nook, you’ll also want to provide a place to sit and work on a computer and write or draw. Remember that good sitting posture is important, so try to provide a chair with good support, at the correct height for students to work comfortably.
- A workspace – This could be a personal desk for each student, or it could simply be the dining room table. If you have the space, a large table to spread out and work on projects or with multiple students is nice to have.
- Relatively quiet and free of distractions – Try to limit distractions like toys and electronic devices in your learning space to help students stay focused on work. In a busy household with multiple students or babies and toddlers, you may want to provide a learning space apart from the rest of the living area, especially for older students who may need more quiet to focus.
- Organization – You’ll want to have some kind of organization system in place for your books and course materials, school and art supplies, completed work, school paperwork, and whatever other materials you need on hand. Make sure kids know where everything goes so they can get the supplies they need easily, and put them back in the right place when they’re done.
As you browse some of our favorite homeschool rooms and homework stations and begin to put together your own, remember that what’s most important is that the space works for your student, your family, and your home.
This formal dining room found new life as a homeschool room for the kids, and an office space for mom.
via The Pioneer Woman
We love the colorful palette, vintage furniture, and fun hanging globes and lanterns in this homeschool room.
via Contented Sparrow
This rolling homework station, using a cool vintage library cart, keeps everything two students need for homework organized and at arm’s reach.
via 4 Men 1 Lady
With multiple learning stations, supplies organized and labeled by theme and subject, and learning spaces for three students and mom, this school room provides lots of organizational inspiration.
via 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1
This bight and fun homeschool room includes lots of educational wall decor and also serves as the family’s playroom.
via Giggles, Wiggles, and Wonder
Doesn’t this reading nook just make you want to curl up with a good book? Even if you don’t have a lovely window seat, a soft place to read makes a nice addition to any learning space.
via House of Turquoise
A DIY back to school station keeps every school supply a student could need organized and close at hand. Put it in the kitchen, or wherever your family does homework.
via The 36th Avenue
This bright and airy homeschool room has individual desks for each student, plus a table that allows everyone to work together, or folds down and out of the way for more space, making the room extra versatile.
via Homeschool Creations
Nearly everything in this homeschool room came from Ikea, making this a space anyone could replicate fairly simply and affordably.
via Confessions of a Homeschooler
A bookcase, a board, and two pairs of legs gives you two desks in a space only five feet long! A great solution for providing two students with their own areas when space is limited.
Personal touches and clever pegboard organization turned this closet into a fun and personalized homework station.
via I Heart Organizing
This homeschool room belongs to a family with six kids attending online school through Hoosier Academies at K12. See how they turned an unused living room into an “ever evolving” classroom that works for the entire family.
via Half Dozen Mom
Here’s a creative idea for a portable personalized homework station using an inexpensive trifold presentation board. Attached plastic sheet protectors keep homework packets and papers close at hand, and when homework time is done, it all folds up and tucks out of the way. Genius!
via U Create with Kids
This colorful homeschool room has a lot of great inspiration, especially as a learning space for a young child that can grow with them.
via Diana Wrote
A curved shower rod, some fabric and soft pillows can turn any corner into a cozy reading nook.
Brightly painted vintage school desks provide kids with a colorful place to do homework in this black and white playroom.
via Classy Clutter
This was originally a craft room/playroom, but some vintage classroom furniture from Craigslist now lets the room pull triple-duty as a homeschool room.
via 1 Pure Heart
A kitchen table painted with chalkboard paint provides students with a place to work, and a surface to work out math problems or practice penmanship. Glass jars keep school supplies handy.
via Mommy Minded
If you’re short on space, a wall-mounted fold up desk is a great solution. The shelves provide a place to store supplies, and everything folds up and is hidden when not in use. Click the link below for plans to build this version, suitable for a small child. You can also find larger versions online to buy or DIY that would work for older kids and teens.
via Ana White
For even more ideas, visit our Home Learning Spaces Pinterest board, or K12’s Facebookalbum full of inspiring online school learning spaces.
Have you created a home learning space solution for your student? Share a photo with us in the comments.
This article was updated August 2015
Image credit: Jimmie /CC BY 2.0