Building a custom home is a great way to get exactly what you need and want from the design. In customizing your home, you can create a comfortable, yet productive homework area for your kids. Read on for some great ideas to help you make the most of your space and create an environment that is conducive to studying.
Consider the Lighting
In order to do homework, your child will need to have some light on the subject. Overhead lighting is a great option for providing ambient light, but a desk lamp may still be necessary for more precise tasks that require bright lighting. In either case, you want the light to be bright enough for your child to work, but not so bright that it can cause headaches or eye strain. Aim for something in between.
Provide Ample Desk Space
Depending on the types of tasks your child is assigned, you may need to incorporate a larger workspace. For example, if your child enjoys art, you’ll want to ensure there is plenty of space on the desk for large sheets of paper, as well as crayons, pencils, paints and other supplies. Similarly, if your child uses a computer frequently, you’ll need space for the monitor, plus additional workspace for writing and other tasks.
Make the Space Multitask
Even in a custom home, you’ll still have to consider space constraints. High bunk beds are a great option for making the most of your space, as you can fit a homework desk underneath. This way, you can save the space to use for other areas of your home, making other rooms larger.
Easy Access to Books and Supplies
When your child doesn’t have all of the tools he or she needs to get homework done, it can create a major distraction during homework time as you rush around the house looking for pencils, calculators, textbooks and other essentials. In creating the homework space in your custom home, be sure to include plenty of storage space, like drawers and bookshelves, so that your child has everything they need right at their fingertips, minimizing distractions.
Create a Cozy Reading Area
Not all homework requires a desk, so don’t forget to include a comfortable chair or window seat so that your child can curl up with a good book. In designing a custom home, you have free rein to create the space however you like, and a window seat adds beauty and functionality to your child’s bedroom or playroom.
Don’t Neglect Comfort
Being uncomfortable can make it difficult for your child to focus on homework, so do your best to create a homework area that is comfortable, from the lighting to the desk chair to the desk itself. Make sure that the desk is the appropriate height for your child and that it will continue to be so into the foreseeable future. Don’t make everything too comfortable, though, as your child still needs to be able to focus. Aim to strike a balance between stark function and relaxing comfort.
Incorporate Your Child’s Interests
Although the space is designed for doing homework, that doesn’t mean that it can’t still be a bit fun. Throughout the room or area, bring in elements of your child’s favorite things, like superheroes, sports, music or any other interests. This way, your child will feel more connected to the space and won’t mind spending so much time there.
These are a few tips to help you get started designing a homework area in your custom home. For even more ideas, contact Alair Homes today!