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How to Create a Great Study Space at Home

Set the kids up for a successful school year with a workspace to call their own.

A study space doesn’t just have to be a desk crammed into the corner of your child’s bedroom. In fact, sometimes setting them up to work in a space where family is around can be beneficial—Mom’s there to help with math problems, or Dad can help keep the little guy on track when he gets distracted.

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We all tend to gravitate towards the kitchen—think of your first stop when you come home, or where you end up at when you go to a party. If that’s where your child likes spending time, embrace that and set up a study-friendly space right at the kitchen counter.

Photo by Janis Nicolay.

Install outlets right in the island for easy access. That way plugging in a laptop is super easy. (More photos from this family-friendly farmhouse-style kitchen here.)

Photo by Phil Crozier.

Reserve some kitchen drawers for school and art supplies. That way, they’re easily at hand. (See more tips from this Corea Sotropa-designed Calgary kitchen here.)


Don’t have room for the kids to be working on their social studies project while you’re cooking dinner? Look around your house for under-utilized nooks and crannies. There may just be a perfect-sized space just waiting for a desk.

Photo by Janis Nicolay.

Make the most of wasted space. This Ami McKay-designed workspace fits into a nook under the stairwell that wasn’t being used for anything else. She installed a desktop and plenty of cabinets to stow away supplies and files.


If you’ve got small square footage, finding a place to stick a desk can be a problem. But look to the vertical space in your kids’ rooms for a solution.

Photo by Tracey Ayton.

Use a loft-style design to create more floor space. In fashion designer Loraine Kitsos’ house, she split one bedroom into two for her son and daughter, and then created built-in sleeping lofts so that there would be room for a desk for each.


And once you’ve found a space to set up your workplace, make it a fun place to spend time.

Photo by Janis Nicolay.
Photo by Janis Nicolay.

Choose a signature colour. A splash of red here—the Eames desk chair—is a surprising departure from the soft blue palette elsewhere in the house, providing a visual cue that this is no longer “Dad’s space.” (More photos from this father-son townhouse here.)

Photo by Janis Nicolay.
Photo by Janis Nicolay.

Incorporate artwork. This wallpaper collage is used above a bed here, but there’s no reason you can’t use it to create a beautiful study space, too. Or get the kids to help pick out a few pieces of artwork they love, so that spending time working here is an enjoyable experience.


How have you carved out a space for the kids to do their homework? Let us know in the comments!


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