By: Mackenzie Collier
Homework needs a dedicated, functional space to support schoolwork routines. A budget-friendly workspace can be created using these DIY suggestions.
Keep the following in mind:
Adapt to a variety of activities. Adjustable-height desks will allow students to grow. Attach vertical tracks to the wall. Add a desktop and shelves. The Container Store sells the Elfa system: containerstore.com
PB Kids’ Carolina Grow With You table contains two sets of legs of different heights.
MOBILITY AND MULTI-PURPOSE
Multiple activities often take place in one area. Use a large project table for arts and crafts-type assignments. Swivel casters on seating/storage ottomans allow them to move easily. IKEA sells a mobile utility cart that is great for storage. ikea.com
Kids should associate studying with being in a relaxing, happy environment.
For optimal comfort, we suggest Land of Nod and PB Teen’s bean chairs, poufs, and floor cushions. The PB Teen Exercise Ball Chair and Hang-A-Round chair are other fun, comfy options! Both retailers also carry a variety of adjustable seat-height desk chairs.
The study area should have ample general and task lighting, including desk lamps.
STORAGE AND ORGANIZATION
Students often have multiple projects at one time. Keep organized by making sure everything has a place. Using walls for vertical organization, desktops remain uncluttered. The Container Store offers a sleek, modern solution for organizing supplies with its Urbio magnetic modular system. These magnetic components attach to wall plates in any fashion.
Pottery Barn also carries modular systems that include whiteboards, cork boards, etc. or a less expensive option is implementing this concept on your own by shopping at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart.
Attach floating shelves for books and binders. Wall-mounted peg boards are another great way to hang desk accessories such as pencil cups.
Cubbies and baskets that offer practical solutions for storage.
Here are a list of suggested products:
• KVISSLE (Cable management box, to hide power cords.)
• Storage table
• Cabinet with drawers
• Secretary desk
Land of Nod:
• Stackable stools
For a custom, built-in look, place two freestanding bookshelves on either side of a desk, table, or cabinet.
Pottery Barn and World Market offer customizable desks using modular pieces that work together.
LOCATION & SPACE
Minimal distractions! Avoid stationing the study area in busy rooms. TV or snacking could divert kid’s attention.
Limited space? Install wall hung, drop-leaf or ladder desks that easily disappear when not in use. IKEA and Target both have great options. Nesting tables providing multiple surfaces and can be easily stacked and tucked away.
For a multiple study area, arrange desks side by side, or against different walls with cabinets and shelves between. Another option is to place two desks perpendicular from the wall, facing one another. Add a bookshelf in-between opposing desktops as a divider.
Reduce wasted space with a corner cabinet. Using vertical furniture accents avoids taking up valuable floor space, like the hat and coat stand from IKEA.
This space must be fun and colorful! Add color with rugs, wall art, cushions, painted furniture, bright organization office supplies or color-coded labeling. Use storage boxes, file holders, baskets, and other organizational pieces. Limit non-functional decorative accessories.
• Pencil cups & boxes: KVITTRA
• TJENA Box with lid, pink
Colorful trays and desk accessories.
Paint accessories with Rustoleum spray paint. Wrap bulletin boards with fabric or scrapbooking paper.
A creative idea for displaying assignments and artwork is to hang clipboards against the wall. Attach with command strips or hang clips on wire suspended the length of the wall.
If you follow these guidelines you will have a study area that your children will love for many years!
Mackenzie Collier is the owner and lead designer of Mackenzie Collier Interiors, located in Phoenix. After earning her BS in child and family Psychology in Michigan, she continued her education in Chicago where she completed the Interior Design program at Harrington College of Design. Her studies focused on eco-friendly, sustainable design. After moving to Phoenix in 2010, freelance work turned into a full-service Interior Design business.
Founded in 2011, Mackenzie Collier Interiors has grown to a team of five that offers both residential and commercial interior design services to clients in Phoenix metro and beyond. They aim to create sustainable and functional spaces that reflect their client’s lifestyle and personality. Their services range from general design consultations to project management of full scope renovations and new builds. For more details about Mackenzie Collier Interiors, visit their website at MackenzieCollierInteriors.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram!