Children at any age need careful planning to create places for study and play. Even if your child is years away from studying geometry, you can apply the principles of divided, open spaces to organize his or her playroom so that it also serves as a functional homework area and grows with him or her.
The secret to keeping toys and school gear neat and organized isn't just having enough space. It's having accessible storage your child will actually use.
Nourish creativity in a young child with a bedroom that inspires fun as well as comfort. Most young boys love construction equipment, so build on that interest to create a whimsical hard-hat zone.
This platform bed rests above particleboard storage cubes. Two 1 x 8 boards nailed on each end of a 1 x 12 form the headboard, which imitates a structural I-beam and is attached to the wall. Mounted to the wall with metal conduit, a yellow trouble light becomes a bedside lamp.
Opposite the bed, 2 x 4-inch studs provide the framework for storage space, and a sawhorse desk gives room to take care of paperwork. A barricade rail fabricated from painted 1 x 4s circles the room as a chair rail.
As children grow older, it can be hard to arrange and decorate a space that enables them to study and to relax. Here, the 14-foot-long window wall is obviously an asset, but wrapping sleek black built-ins around the view gives it new function. With contemporary style and an easy-care black finish, this custom-designed wall unit appeals to grade-schoolers and teenagers alike. Here's a look at the details that make this space work:
Inspiring your student could be as easy as creating an inviting place for learning. Since your child knows his or her study needs best, design the homework spot together. First determine what the priorities are: a computer, library shelves, space for sprawling art projects? Is your child left- or right-handed? That could determine the desk's layout. Let your child help pick the desk and color scheme.
Let's look at what makes the room shown here work well:
These tips will help you save time, money, and aggravation as you plan your child's study space.