5 Tips for the Perfect Kid Workspace

BY MATTHEW M. F. MILLER ON MARCH 31ST, 2016

Kids rooms generally aren’t the most serene places to complete serious work, which is why so many families yield the kitchen table for use as a substitute desk during homework time. For parents looking to help a child get down to business with homework, or simply those who want to create a fun space to write, play, read and imagine that doesn’t intrude on the family’s eating surface, creating a fun, inexpensive workspace in a child’s room is simple.

“It’s very important for the child to have input,” says Patricia Herson, interior Milford, Connecticut. Children can articulate what colors they prefer and spatial elements such as where they would like to position their desk. Herson says that it’s wonderful for a child’s self-esteem to be able to participate in the design process.

Here are the 5 essentials of a great workspace:

1. Choose Your Scheme and Light It Up

When working with a color scheme, “it shouldn’t be all matchy-matchy,” says Susanna Salk, design expert and author of “It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through The Small Stylish Stuff” (Rizzoli, 2016). According to Salk, the three elements that really tie a space together most are rugs, curtains and linens, but they don’t need to be the same color and tone to work well together. Lighting also influences the cohesive mood of a space. A decorative lamp adds style and ensures your child’s workspace is well lit.

2. A Just-Right Place to Work

One mistake many parents make is to choose a desk that is oversized for a small bedroom. Choose a workspace that doesn’t overwhelm a room or intimidate a small child. A small desk also offers less surface area on which to make piles and accumulate junk.

3. Cozy and Adjustable

A comfortable, adjustable chair is a great option for a child’s room – as a kid grows, the chair can be adjusted to fit his or her new size. This way, parents will avoid the cost and waste of buying multiple chairs over time.

4. Small … With Storage

“Kids like cozy spaces; they don’t like huge spaces as much as we think they do,” Salk says. Yet cozy in a kid’s room seems to invite clutter. Salk suggests storage ottomans and sleek wall storage units with baskets. How much storage is enough? All toys, books and creative supplies should have a designated home. Most importantly, parents must enforce that those items be returned to their proper home when a child is done working.

5. A Soft Place to Play

Not only do rugs pull together a room and help delineate a workspace from the rest of a child’s bedroom, Salk says it’s can help to cater to your child’s playful personality.

“If you can tell that they love to play on the floor a lot - put in a cozy rug to accommodate that,” Salk says.

 

Matthew M. F. Miller is the author of “Dad's Guide to Pregnancy For Dummies” (Wiley, 2010)

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