How to Design a Personalized a Homework Station
Motivate your kids to do well in school this year with a structured, tailor-made homework station.
1. Desk Start with a sturdy, well-built desk with storage, and a comfortable, supportive chair.
2. Light A desktop light or a floor lamp that shines onto the desk is important when your child needs to study the night before a big test or exam.
3. Files Upright file storage boxes keep on-the-go projects and regularly-referenced items handy, yet tucked away.
4. Pegboard Purchase a large piece of pegboard at a hardware store, along with metal pegs or wooden dowels. Paint the board in the color of your or your child's choice and secure it to the wall above the desk. Your child will use this to hang supplies.
5. Clamps Paper clamps can hang on the pegs to secure and organize your supplies.
6. Cans Reuse various sizes of tin cans by painting them and attaching them to the pegboard to store homework essentials, like pencils and markers. We used glue to fasten the cans.
7. Chalkboard A chalkboard is a place to jot down quick reminders or notes. Make a custom chalkboard to fit the space you have. We cut a piece of plywood to fit an inexpensive frame, painted it with chalkboard paint from the hardware store and painted the frame to coordinate.
8. Corkboard Cork material is availble in sheets or rolls. We cut our cork into a butterfly shape. Choose a shape that coordinates with your child's theme and select pushpins to match. Use it to pin papers or reminders.
9. Cords Hide and organize power or computer cords. We chose a reinforced box in a coordinating colour, and added large rivets that we purchased at a hardware store. This box contains a small power bar plugged into the wall through the back. Feed your power and printer cords through the front.
10. Homework All your school-goer needs now is a little work to do! A fun and practical space will make homework a pleasure.