Last week here on the blog I wrote about why you should create a homeschool space this fall. Later in the week, in the newsletter I wrote about how to create an efficient and functional homeschool space. Today I’ll be sharing spaces I’ve had a hand in creating as well as other spaces that are completely inspiring.
You know you need to find a space to create focus and encourage learning, but what can you do when you don’t have a dedicated office, a little used guest room or a desk large enough to get work done? I love to gain inspiration from the ways others have reimagined their spaces. Let’s see what we can do in your home!
Find a Quiet Corner: This client needed a work-from-home space away from the hustle and bustle of family life. Together, we came up with a way to rearrange furniture to create enough room for a desk, chair and simple storage in her main bedroom. Something worth considering in this room was how the background would look for Zoom calls. We worked out a way that the background wouldn’t show the bed or the ensuite bathroom, so one wouldn’t even know it was a bedroom.
Carve Out a Closet Space: I love this solution. If you can sacrifice a small coat closet or bedroom closet, you can create a desk area with storage potential. Even if you don’t have a desk that would fit, it would be easy to build in the workspace plus open shelving. This would work best if power could be somehow wired through the wall, but if you have a charged up laptop and a battery operated desk lamp, it might still be workable. Best perk of this set-up? At the end of the day, you can close the door on this space.
Design credit: Lisa Adams for Melissa Rivers
Repurpose a Room: Have you seen my favorite before and after? This is where I turned our formal dining space into a home office and library. I love this room, and now that Roland is working from home, he gets to work there every day. I was so glad we already had a spot for him to easily land. What room do you have that is being underutilized? Break the rules! Nobody is going to report you to the design police if you turn your open loft into an office or your media room into a homeschool room.
Have Laptop, Will Travel: You don’t always have to have a desk. I did most of my masters degree at the same worktable I use for my home coaching office. It works well in a room where sometimes I need to clear the table to cut fabric for a project and sometimes I need extra seating for a big (pre-Covid) dinner. A worktable gives you lots of space, though you might sacrifice some of the function of a desk with drawers and file space. We bought this table for $30 bucks of Facebook Marketplace, refinished the top and painted the legs. It serves me well. And if I need to manage something in another room (like a napping puppy), I can take my laptop with me wherever I go.
If You Have More Than One Student: This feels so fun for me. More than one child means you’ll need to find more space, but I think you can do it! I loved the image below by Artful Homemaking. By utilizing everyday furniture and keeping all the supplies organized, you too can have a beautiful place for your child to learn this school year.
If you child will be spending time reading or learning to read, make sure she has a comfy spot to read. Find a nice chair, a bean bag, or a dedicated space of the couch for them to cozy up. There’s nothing more special than a kid settling in to read a great book in their own space.
Here’s a bonus link to a YouTube video showing how we set up a second desk area in my studio last March. We filmed this at the very beginning of quarantine and it feels like a hundred years ago. The room looks really different today, but it’s still useful information. Check it out!