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Tips for Creating a Teen Study Space

Let’s discuss a few ways you can create a comfortable study space for your teen.

As children, we all remember how much time studying or completing homework assignments seemed like the bane of our adolescence. Not to mention the constant household drama that came with searching for textbooks, notebooks, and backpacks before darting out the door in the morning.

A great way to keep this aspect of your child’s life uncomplicated and organized is to create their own study space or homework station. In fact, teaching children how to stay organized from a young age can set them up for greater success in their future lives.

It’s important that children, especially teenagers, feel a sense of balance in their lives to carry forward as they embark upon adulthood. Providing them with a designated area for their studies that is separate from where they play and relax is an excellent way to create this balance.

Let’s discuss a few ways you can create a comfortable study space for your teen.

Buy a Small Desk

Including a work desk in a study space is pretty much a no-brainer. The desk should be large enough to hold all their papers, notebooks, and a computer if needed. Try to find a comfortable office chair for them as well.

For children who have a hard time sitting still, especially after sitting at school all day, you can give them the option of working standing up with an adjustable standing desk.

While the desk could be placed in your child’s room, it’s recommended by experts to avoid the bedroom as a study space. Not only will it be much easier for them to become distracted in their room, but studies show that placing a workspace in the same place you sleep can disrupt your sleep patterns and sense of work/life balance.

Instead, find a space in the house that your child seems comfortable with and place the desk and chair there. Somewhere with a calm ambiance works best.

Keep Necessary Supplies on Deck

To teach your child organizational skills, make sure that they have a designated place for all of their supplies. Having a desk with shelving and drawers or including storage boxes can ensure they know where everything is and where everything belongs at the end of their study session.

Make sure the space is equipped with everything from pens, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, erasers, tablet chargers, and anything else they may need. You can even include a bulletin or whiteboard above them to help them keep track of any upcoming tests and assignments, as well as class schedules and after-school activities.

Make it Comfortable, But Not Too Comfortable.

As we said earlier about mixing sleep spaces with study spaces, nothing about your teen’s study space should remind them of sleep. That being said, you do want to make sure they are working somewhere comfortably if they will be doing so for long periods.

Find an ergonomically comfortable desk chair and add some accessories to elevate the ambiance and make the space more inviting. Something as simple as creative lighting can make all the difference in terms of comfort.

Involve Your Teen in the Creation Process

The most important part of creating a study space for your teen is to make them feel involved in the process every step of the way. This will not only motivate them to study, but it will also enhance their comfort since they’ll know what works for them.

Allow them to decide where the space might be and what kind of table and chair they like. Allow them to pick out the school supplies they need and any other décor that can make their space more representative of their style. Your teen’s involvement in the creation process will only increase the chances that space will be put to good use.

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