A good homeschool desk makes all the difference when it comes to a functional homeschool room that isn’t an eye sore.
In this blog post, I’m sharing the homeschool desk that we finally settled on, why we love it and also tips for how you can set up your homeschool room.
Choosing a homeschool desk
I went back and forth over the decision of whether to buy desks for our homeschool space or not. Lots of homeschoolers just use their kitchen tables for homeschool and I did like that idea for awhile.
But for us, it just wasn’t working out. I felt unorganized, I didn’t like having to remove all the papers off the table to eat a meal and my boys are too small to sit comfortably at our table.
They were having to stand up on their chairs and reach for things and I could tell my 5 year old’s posture wasn’t good when he was trying to write or color. Our kitchen table was made for adults–not small children who are learning to write or make art.
So, I began my search for desks. We decided to turn our front living area into two parts; a homeschool area and a living area for the kids.
I am SO happy with not only creating a homeschool area, but also for investing in desks that are made for young children. I literally stand there sometimes and just stare at our little homeschool space.
My husband and I spent several weeks reviewing kids desks online. I had a few basic ones picked out.
There are so many desks to choose from, but we finally settled on these.
I’m so glad we kept disagreeing on desks because these desks are awesome for homeschooling! They’re well made and a great size for elementary aged children.
I also really love that they have personal storage space so each child can place belongings on the shelves and also inside the little drawer.
We bought two and faced them together to create a table-like atmosphere.
As you can see below, my five year old has plenty of space.
The desk top is surprisingly spacious compared to how it looks in the manufacturer’s photos. There’s so much space that a lamp or other desk items would easily fit in the corner without taking up any work space.
What to look for in a homeschool desk
1. If buying online like we did, make sure to be aware of the dimensions. Some desks appear to be larger or smaller than they really are in photos.
Make sure the desk’s size would be appropriate for your child. If it’s too big, young children will have a hard time creating anything in that space.
2. Look for chairs that are ergonomically designed and will support their lower back and their posture. This is another reason why I love these desks, because the chair is ergonomically designed for younger children.
3. Check for sturdiness. This is hard to do if buying online, but it’s important because you never know when you’re gonna need to climb on top of it and play!
The desk we chose was a little pricey compared to other desks, but so worth the investment; I love how sturdy and well-made they are.
Tips for setting up a homeschool room
Awesomely, with homeschool, you can do it anywhere. There doesn’t even need to be a designated area. I just preferred one for organization’s sake and because I had room for one.
1. First of all, wherever you set it up, try to make sure it’s in a well-lit area that isn’t too hot or too cold. I love natural light, so I set our school area up in front a big window. And since I live in the desert, I made sure we were in the coolest room of the house so we won’t be sweating through summer!
2. Set your homeschool space up in a room you actually use. I noticed is that having our homeschool area out more in the open part of house, instead of in our “preschool room” which is a small bedroom off the hallway, is much more practical.
We hardly ever used our preschool room for that reason, and now that the homeschool area is in a main living area, we’re much more inclined to go over and use the space.
3. My life is so much easier now that I have the printer right in the homeschool area. No more running around the house when I need to print something out.
4. Get a rug that doesn’t show stains! I don’t even have to explain that one.
5. Don’t put toys near the homeschool area–way too distracting.
6. Storage! The more storage you create, the more places you have to put everything and the less unorganized it will all be.
Inside my homeschool room
- These two desks in Walnut
- Plaques on wall – Target $3 section (the Target $3 & $5 section is one of my favorite spots to find cute homeschool room decor).
- Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar
- Ikea shelving
- Target light blue storage bins (loooove these)
- Small Ikea decor – candle, tins, small storage bins
- Ikea abacus
- Jumbo pencils
- Mint wire waste basket – Target $3 section
- Construction paper
- World map
- Recently upgraded our HP printer to one of these
Do you have a designated homeschool area and if so, what have you found to be helpful to have included in this area? Leave me a comment below!
Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this article.
Lots of love,
Jessica Dimas is the author of Self-Care for Moms.
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