Now that children are starting to head back to school, the school year is going to look different than it ever has, especially because many states are turning to remote learning. Doing school work at the dining room or kitchen table, worked for a few weeks, but you may want to find a more permanent solution for the new school year. Whether you have a spare room, a corner in your child’s bedroom, or a blank stretch of wall, these design and organization tips will transform your space into a functional learning station.
Pick a Location
Your first order of business is to find a location. While an unused office, guest room, or basement are ideal, empty corners or walls will also work. Try and avoid high-traffic areas to get rid of distractions. If you only have a busy room available, set up a divider to section off the space. It’s also important that the space has natural light, which will increase productivity and creativity. In darker spaces, set up floor or desk lamps.
Equipment and Supplies
For virtual learning, you’ll need a computer, textbooks, notebooks, writing supplies, and a desk. If you don’t have a desk, you can create a DIY alternative with a length of wood mounted to the wall for a floating desktop surface. Dinning room tables and kitchen countertops will also suffice as a desk.
You want your child to look forward to spending time at their workstation. Try getting them involved in the design process and include artwork and framed photos of friends and family to give the area a personal touch. You can’t go wrong with bright, happy colors.
We all work better in clutter-free environments, and this especially applies to children. To keep the space organized, get baskets for books, shelves, pen and pencil holders, and bins.