Every home can benefit from a dedicated study area, whether it’s used for schoolwork, everyday admin or working from home. Not sure where to start? Read on to discover the five essentials that will make your study space a success.
A sensible setting
A spare room is the ideal setting when it comes to studying or working from home, as it’s much easier to focus and switch off if you can close the door behind you. However, if space is tight, try setting aside a corner of your living room or bedroom.
Having a dedicated workspace also tells family and friends that you’re actually working and they should leave you in peace. If you try to work on the sofa or at the kitchen table, you’re much more likely to be interrupted!
It’s worth taking your time to pick a decent desk and a chair with lumbar support, as these will perfect your posture and make studying much more comfortable. Make sure that your desk has plenty of room to spread out and buy an adjustable chair, particularly if you have growing kids!
If you’ll be using a computer at your desk, adjust the height of the chair so that your eyes are lined up with the top of the screen, as you could end up with an aching neck or back if the screen is too low. You should also be able to rest your feet flat on the floor, so if you can’t, consider buying a footrest.
Organisation and order
The key to keeping organised is storage, but before you invest in any, try making a list of the items you’ll need. You can then decide which items could be stored away for occasional use and which items you’ll need regular access to.
Once you’ve done this, it’s time to give everything a home. We suggest keeping the things you need easy access to in stackable boxes, baskets and folders, while the rest could be stored in drawers or cabinets.
Your study area will also seem much more inviting if it’s comfortably warm, but avoid making the room too cosy, or you might find yourself drifting off! Light is also important if you want to avoid eye strain, so try to place your desk near to a window. If this isn’t possible, we recommend buying a good quality desk lamp, so that you can focus light onto your workspace.
While decorating your study area in calm, neutral colours should help you to stay on task, don’t be afraid to inject some personality by adding a few colourful accessories Candles, plants, oil diffusers, posters, framed photographs and bookends all help to create a space that’s warm and welcoming.
Follow our suggestions and you’ll create a comfortable, well organised and stylish study area for all the family. Do you have any study space suggestions? We’d love to hear them, so leave a comment below!