How to design the perfect study headquarters for your kids.
Now that the academic year has started, it is important to take the time to really plan a practical study space for your kids. This will be beneficial as your child will feel comfortable in the thought that he or she has a dedicated area where studies can be done. You want your kids to thrive and love the homework sessions and with proper planning, your contribution can make all the difference in the world.
Now, we have started 2019 with the motto: “Falling to plan is planning to fail.” We want you to consider this as well.
In the past Deborah designed numerous home studies and offices as well as study corners in bed- or other rooms. We have put together a list of the most important aspects to keep in mind when designing a designated study area for your kids.
Set the scene. Choose a space according to your child’s needs and personality type with a good balance between simulating and quiet movement to compliment your child.
Enlighten the space. Make sure there is enough natural and artificial light to work in. The brightness of the space should be well balanced especially if your child has sensitive eyes.
Breathe. Enough fresh air should fill the room and the temperature should be comfortable too. Too little fresh air can make a student feel sleepy and discouraged as can temperature that is either too high or too low.
Unclutter the space. Make sure it is completely free of distractions. There should not be piles of toys, clothing, books and other items around.
Get ergonomic. Make sure the desk and chair is designed for efficiency and comfort based on your child’s physical size. The workspace should be waist height and the chair best be adjustable so that the elbows can comfortably rest without having the shoulders in a hunched position. Your child’s feet should be flat on the floor. Place a box under the feet if the chair is too high and a soft pillow behind the back for lumber support.
Stock up. Make sure there is a good supply of stationary, paper and other materials needed to successfully execute each study session. These is nothing more frustrating than the disappointment dealing with the lack of materials when you are in the right mind set to complete a task.
Get organised. Provide storage for materials, books, documents and utensils. Make sure books are stored in eye sight and easily accessible. Set up wall mounted shelves to make books and other items accessible during the sessions.
Avoid cramped-in space. It is important to make sure that there is enough space to comfortably sit and work. This is especially true when the work surface is small. Make sure all clutter is stored away in boxes, on shelves or in the school case.
Create an information center. A DIY project to create a functional command centre with a mood and memo board where your child can place schedules, test reminders and results, goals and inspiring pictures on display, should be a rewarding activity to partake. This should inspire your child to the extent that he or she should feel the need to consistently update and keep it organised.
Decorate. Appealing décor can really add value in terms of creating a stimulating space that is true to your child’s personality. Hang pictures and posters of interest on the walls, get a few items in your child’s favourite colour or randomly place it on the desk and shelves.
Electronics free zone. Remove all TV, telephones and other unnecessary electronics like laptops when it is not in use. This can help your child focus on the work at hand and can be used as a reward for completing tasks.
Create a reading nook. These days most children need a little more encouragement to read. A nice comfortable corner with a daybed or soft chair or even a beanbag can do the trick to get them comfortable and cosy and ready to read away. Just keep in mind that too much comfort may also not be that good as they may drift off to sleep and never get to finish the book report.
It seems like a no brainer but to get a practical and inspiring study space set-up can be quite a challenge. Allow Deborah to guide you and design for you the ultimate in all study rooms. There is a very thin line between necessity and luxury when it comes to study spaces. Deborah is tuned into the exact needs of developing minds of the young.
Numerous parents trusted Deborah and allowed her to do her magic, giving a professionally designed space or room as a birthday present or even a reward for achieving good grades. Kids should be inspired to set goals and work hard and they should be rewarded for doing so too. This is a sure way to create good culture and set the scene for a successful academic future.
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