HOME: Creating an awesome office space for kids

05 March 2018

Your office is your productive space. Everything in it is optimised for making sure you can get your work done as efficiently as possible and move on to other things.

But shouldn't your child have a productive space just for them, too?

Certainly your child would love to finish their homework quickly, but it's also a load off your mind, if you're doing everything you can to help your child succeed.

Does my child really need a dedicated homework space?

Sure, it may initially seem restricting, but a space for homework carries a lot of benefits for your child.

For one, it lets you maintain their auditory and visual distractions - which could impact their learning, depending on how old your child is.

It also saves time. If your child doesn't have to gather up all their materials, find some open table (or floor!) space, and lay their things out every time they need to study, then they have that much more time to finish their assignments.

There's something to be said for teaching your child the value of having their own space, too. Having a dedicated environment reminds your child that the studying and learning they're doing is important.

But of course it can still be personalised and fun!

Location, location, location

Where you decide to create your child's space is a crucial first step worth giving plenty of thought to.

While placing the desk near a window might seem logical, it's important to consider whether that will be stimulating or distracting. Age is a factor for distractibility, for example, so this might not be the best idea unless they're a little older.

A more enclosed space doesn't have to be a dungeon, though! Putting a workspace under a lofted bed is a great idea, and it can make for a cool space that your child will want to spend time in.

Of course, you know your child's personality. Even if your child is younger, if they're not as easily distracted, they might welcome the light and view from a window.

Wherever you put the space, though - window or not - double- and triple-check to make the area is well-lit.

Fit for a kid

Personalising a workspace to your child goes right down to making sure they have the right furniture - size, shape, and functionality.

Their desk should give them plenty of space to work, of course, but it shouldn't be too big. Not only might they not be able to easily reach the entire surface area, but extra space invites clutter as items get pushed to the side.

For chairs, ergonomics is the name of the game right now, and your child is no exception. There are plenty of charts to help you determine how high your child's desk and chair should be, and adjustable furniture is always helpful to maintain a healthier seating position as they grow. Stores such as Office National have a great range of furniture to choose from. 

Straightforward organisation

Clutter is distracting, and kids are messy.

Almost everything differs from child to child, but this is nearly universal - so it makes a lot of sense to streamline organisation as much as possible.

Containers are your friend, both because it's a simple method of organising and because - well, children like putting things in containers. Of course, you can label these if you like, too.

Keeping a small bin nearby for rubbish is essential for helping them stave off clutter, and if more than a couple of cords are about - headphones, chargers, desk light - you can find a simple method for cable control.

A clean space is a productive space, and while it's important for your child to learn how to stay organised, that doesn't mean you can't help them along.

Everything on hand - and ready to go

Your child's office space should always be ready for them to use - but they should still be able to take their work with them, especially since changes of scenery may help with studying.

One good idea to make relocation easier is to keep some sort of caddy or bag near your child's workspace. Their workspace is still designated as the place to come back to, but this makes it easier for them to gather their things and go.

Of course, organisation is immensely helpful here, too. If everything is where it should be - and has a place to be - it's a lot quicker to grab the essentials.

So your child's workspace is great for helping them focus, but remember that this doesn't have to be nearly as rigid as it might seem.

Planning your child's workspace can be challenging, but with a little planning you can create an office area that's as fun and lively as your child - and one that helps them focus and learn.

Involve your child in creating the space too, and it both makes for a fun bonding experience and helps them understand their workspace as something that should be well-suited to them.

 

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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