How To Make Your Kids A Basement Study Area
In the simplest terms, most kids just do not want to do homework. This makes trying to get them to work on it a nightmare for most parents. But maybe the probably lies in the space they are trying to work in. They can easily be distracted in their rooms or in the living room. They may just need their own area to decompress and work at their own pace, and what better place than a quiet nook in a finished basement that you can make for them?
What You’ll Need:
- Small nook area, roughly three- to four-feet wide
- Three-foot floating wooden shelves
- Bookshelf (If you don’t have a nook area)
- Tool box which includes nails or screws
- Corkboard or chalkboard paint
- Contact cement for corkboard (optional)
- Decorative storage bins
- Wall-mounted table desk- Sitting stool or chair
Step 1: Choose The Area
Find a small area in the basement that is partially secluded and the desk and shelves will fit in. Making this area into a place for studying and creativity not only gives kids their own mini office, but also will keep their supplies and materials in one central location out of the way of the rest of the living space, i.e. they will possibly maybe make slightly less of a huge mess!
If your basement does not have an area with a small alcove, you can easily build one. Find a corner in the room, place a tall bookshelf about three feet away from the wall and face it outward from the newly formed nook space. Facing the shelf outward provides the nook with a makeshift wall, and also provides you with shelves for items for the rest of the room. This method also works if you need to set up work areas for multiple children, like this family, which may require multiple bookshelves.
Step 2: Mount table desk and hang the shelves
Once you’ve found the space, you can either purchase a wall-mounted table or make one yourself. When the desk is securely installed, add the shelves about one- to two-feet above the desk for supply storage. You can place them lower if you want your child to be able to access them easily.
Step 3: Cut And Fit Corkboard OR Paint Space With Chalkboard Paint
Let your kids show off their work or artistic side with a fitted bulletin board or chalkboard wall above the desk. If you choose to the bulletin board, use the sheet of cork and cut it to fit the space. You can either nail or screw the cork into the wall or use contact cement for a more permanent fixture. If you choose to make the space a chalkboard, just paint with the chalkboard paint and make sure to buy some chalk for it.
Step 4: Put Storage Supply Boxes On Shelves And Supplies On Desk
Place the storage boxes on the shelves and start organizing the desk area.
A fun organization project do with your kids for their pencils, paint brushes etc. is using old soup cans as supply holders. You can decorate them by gluing on your kids’ favorite scrapbook paper designs or fabric patterns, or you can even paint them together. Crafting and DIY blog “Creative Me Inspired You” even created a tutorial for decorating soup cans with washi tape.
Step 5: Let The Kids Enjoy It!
It is their space, after all! Let them organize it how they want to, so they can make it the most productive space for them to do homework or projects.
Have you built your kids their own creative space to relax and study? Tell us how you did it and your advice to parents that are thinking about building one by leaving a comment!