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Encourage Homework Diligence With an Inspiring Study Station

Jan 11 2016 - 3:17am

Welcome to our guide to Back-to-School Success [1]: 31 days of tips, apps, recipes, and more to help you make this your family's best school year yet. Today, day 12, includes inspiration for creating an inviting study station in the comfort of your own home.

If there's one thing to dread with the start of the new school year, it's the renewed battle over nightly homework assignments. Convincing kids to sit down and do their work is one of the hardest parts of our job. One sure way to get them excited about homework is a comfortable and creative space dedicated to them. Whether your home has all the space in the world for an elaborate desk with an overabundance of supplies, or you need to use a closet to host your nook, we've rounded up the most inspiring homework stations around. Check them out!

The multi-seat station A Pop of Pretty [2] created with products from Ikea provides a great space for several kids to work at once.

Source: A Pop of Pretty [3]

A hidden station is always an option, as Kim Wilson of Sand and Sisal [4] demonstrates. Leave it open for easy access during the week and then close it on weekends or when guests are visiting.

Source: Sand and Sisal [5]

For her daughter's homework station, Jessica of Mom 4 Real [6] added a cork board, a chalkboard wall, and plenty of colorful school supplies.

Source: Mom 4 Real [7]

For kids who need the quiet and privacy of doing their homework in their own room, but don't necessarily have the space for a separate desk and bed along the the wall, lofting is always an option. Check out The Friendly Home's [8] version of the desk tucked under a lofted bed.

Source: The Friendly Home [9]

Kelly Rae Roberts [10] has a great take on the "cloffice." Her station is literally built into the closet (love the wallpaper addition!) and a chair is pulled up when needed.

Source: Kelly Rae Roberts [11]

If you're short on space, a "clofice," or a closet that's been converted into an office is a great option for a dedicated homework station. Just add a desk, a lamp, a chair, and you're done!

Source: Homestories A to Z [12]

The key to a good homework nook is a space that encourages kids to do their work. This desk and stool version from Craft-o-Maniac [13] does that with great wall hangings, a stash of supplies, and a central location.

Source: Craft-o-Maniac [14]

If space is a concern, consider going double-sided. This workspace [15], made from a bookcase, some fiberboard, and two pairs of legs, barely takes up any floor space.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens [16]

When multiple kids need study spaces, it's often more efficient to set up one long table that all of the kids can use. Aimee Lane from It's Overflowing [17] has inexpensive instructions for doing so.

Source: It's Overflowing [18]

If your child has a wall of closets, consider removing one and placing a desk there in its place.

Source: This Old House [19]

If the idea of another piece of furniture in the room sounds a bit cramped, consider building the desk right into the wall. A carefully planned shelving unit can serve as a homework area too.

Source: The Container Store [20]

Creating back-to-back study spaces gives kids the space they need to do their work, while allowing them to collaborate when necessary.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens [21]

How cool is this study area created by Nick Johnson Interiors [22]? The bright colors and cool lighting are sure to inspire little learners.


Source: Nick Johnson Interiors [24]

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