If you have children going back to school, you might be preoccupied with helping them get ready for their next grade. To assist in creating an effective study area for your kids, these tips will make the entire process much easier.
1. Create a study nook in the kitchen
For the young school starter, you may not need a designated study room. It’s sufficient to use a nook in the kitchen area where you can supervise the kid’s homework while preparing the meals. Involve your first grader in decorating their space with funky colours or patterns to transform it into an area they love to use.
2. Find a good location for the study desk
For older students who are preparing for their HSC, provide a quiet workplace for them to be able to focus. This could be their bedroom or another quiet place in the home, or maybe the dining room that is never used.
Regarding the placement of the desk, consider different positions. Perhaps sketch up the floor plan of where you’ll place the desk and other furniture. Choose a position with plenty of light, ideally in a 90-degree angle to the window to minimise reflection on the computer screen. If space is at a premium maybe purchase a desk with shelves as part of the design or look at placing shelves on the wall. (If opting for this solution, ensure their is enough support in the walls to take the weight of text books).
Let them loose in a stationery store to purchase folders to personalise the space. Don’t forget a decent desk light to minimise eye strain.
3. Personalise the desk
Use a pin board either leaning against the wall or hanging over the desk for your child to pin pictures, reminders and images of their favourite characters. Or you could hang a ribbon across a wall, like a clothesline. Here you can clip little notes with small clothes pegs that are easily found in a dollar shop. Colourful accessories round up a functional design while spreading fun and cheer.
4. Beautify the study furniture
If your kids are tired of their desk’s existing colour, then give it a new one altogether. Or just paint the drawers in two tone or a range of colours. Maybe a white desk with bright green interiors is what your child fancies, or stripes, dots, triangles – whatever it takes to invite them to use their study desk. For the ultimate personal look cover the desk with their favourite images and apply a clear coat of varnish to protect their surfaces.
5. Use a light desk top
While letting your kids be creative with their desks, ensure that the desktop has a light colour, such as white, pastels or blond timber. Research shows that lighter colours are much easier on the eyes, especially when the teenager has to spend a lot of time on their workstation.
6. Provide a good desk chair
It’s fine to pinch when it comes to everything but your kids task chair. It’s important to have an office chair that’s ergonomic, supports the lower back and promotes good posture. Choosing a task chair is not a one-size fits all process. Be sure to get the student try-on any chair in person at a showroom or store. Make sure it’s the right height and allows flexibility of movement while seated.
7. Get your kids involved
Encourage your kids to get involved in their study area design. This is not only for them to express their personality but also to keep them occupied in the remaining days before they return to school with a project that they can show off to their class mates once back at school.