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30 Back-to-School Homework Spaces and Study Room Ideas You’ll Love

If you’re having trouble getting your kids to do homework, check out these cool study room ideas. Maybe all you need to kick-start your kid’s study habits is a change of scenery! A back-to-school homework space that’s quiet for focus, colorful for inspiration and organized to reduce distractions would make homework time a pleasure for most kids.Regardless of the size of the space or room, you can create an awesome and affordable kids’ homework space. Best of all, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen are running a month-long sale in July to help you create the coolest back-to-school homework spaces ever.

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Frosted glass sliding doors separate the living room from the homework area for a quiet, distraction-free space. Image: Sarah Jefferys Design

Shop These Products Now: Wall Book ShelvesDesk ChairWhen planning a homework space, remember these five important elements:1. Color: Wallpaper or paint a wall or the shelf openings in a bold and invigorating color.2. Furniture: A small desk with storage or a coordinating file cabinet and a comfortable chair are essential.3. Lighting: Make sure there’s plenty of ambient and task lighting.4. Organization: Include lots of organization and storage options like shelves, cork board, pegboard, cubbies, baskets and containers to keep the space tidy and everything in its place.5. Personalization: Add some items that are personal to your child’s style, like monogrammed items, a favorite color or personal wall art.Here’s a roundup of the best homework desks and study room ideas:

Kids Built-In Wall Studies

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An awkward, under-the-stairs area is transformed into a study space with wall-mounted shelves, cork board and file cabinet desk bases. Image: Corynne Pless

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A modern loft homework spot for two divided by a large bookcase in the middle so each kid can work privately. Image: Azman Architects

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Bold fuschia is featured on the wall behind the built-in shelves, curtains and area rug. Image: Steven Mueller Architects

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Great design and planning featuring two homework desks, shelves, cork boards and a reading nook in the middle. Image: Frances Herrera

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A small upstairs loft is converted into a crisp white study area and home office with some essential elements: desk chairs, shelves and cork boards. Image: IS Architecture

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A contemporary graphic wall of storage and study space that can evolve from toddler art area to teenage study spot. Image: Paul Archer Design

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Rustic Modern Study Room for Kids

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A log cabin-style back-to-school homework space for studying. Image: Dona Rosene Interiors

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Bright and cheerful, this study room features several spots for working, reading and relaxing. Image: Hurst Home Company

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A small room can be converted into a study space by staggering two desks with their own storage bookcases. Image: Leedy Interiors

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Fresh white built-in cabinets are offset by a modern color palette in this cool craft and homework room. Image: Martha O’Hara Interiors

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A basement makes the perfect, distraction-free modern study room, featuring color and contemporary furniture pieces. Image: Grande Interiors

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Modern, multipurpose study room design featuring plenty of storage in a bookcase and three different work/sitting areas. Image: Refined LLC

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This study room has been creatively divided into three spaces: his and hers homework areas and a reading nook by the window. Image: Sussan Lari Architect

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Under-the-Bed Homework Desks and Study Spots

A bunk-style bed uses the space underneath as a homework area with wall storage. Image: 30s Magazine

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A girl’s bedroom features two spots for homework: a traditional desk and a hide away nook under the bed. Image: Kropat Design

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Tween and Teen Study Room Ideas

Contemporary design featuring a sleek, white desk and a mod color theme of aqua, white, grey and red. Image: Sarah Gunn

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A cool teen homework space featuring graffiti wall art, a beanbag and a small desk. Image: Andrew Snow

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A small but chic homework area for a teenage modern-design lover. Image: Simmons Estate Homes

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A minimalist homework space that focuses on a bright, clean desk and a bold wall mural. Image: DeCe Designs

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Mod Home Office, Lounge and Homework Area

A back-to-school homework area doesn’t have to be juvenile if you choose the right modern furniture and accessories. Image: AGSIA Design Group

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Small Desk Ideas

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Create a small homework nook using two narrow bookcases and a floating surface as a desk in the middle. Image: Naomi Astley Clarke

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A DIY homework spot for two using a bookcase as a divider and a small table that’s been cut in half and mounted on each side of the book case. Image: The CSI Project

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Turn a closet into an organized, back-to-school homework space with some shelves and a narrow desk. Image: SF Organized Interiors

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Homework Desk With Pegboard for Organization Ideas

Inexpensive painted pegboard can clear your desk area by adding extra wall storage. Image: The Vintage Glitter House

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Mounting some cork board or painted pegboard on the wall adds extra organization to your kid’s homework spot. Image: Avocado Sweets Design Studio

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Long Work Surfaces for Homework and Studying

A garage wall was converted into a family study space featuring a long plank of wood and wall-mounted lines to hang documents and art. Image: 22 Interiors

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Convert an unused hall into an industrial chic study spot like this well-designed one featuring a rustic wood surface, aluminum stools, floating wall ledges and wire baskets. Image: Hannotte Interiors

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A contemporary girl’s room with a long, built-in cabinet, shelves and floating desk. Image: Amantea Architects

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Organized Homework Area for Several Kids

Float desks in the middle of a room that several kids can work from. Like this study room, add a wall bookcase, baskets and additional items to keep the room well-organized. Image: SF Organized Interiors

Shop These Products Now: Desk LampPen HolderA little creativity and some essential pieces can help you create an attractive, functional spot that both kids and adults would appreciate. The following are some suggested products from Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen that can get you started creating this space for your kids:

Storage Bins and Baskets

Desks and Desk Chairs


Wall Units & Bookshelves

Other Decor

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