When children leave the nest you’ll have to decide what to do with their bedrooms. There’s no reason not to keep a bed in the room and continue to use it as a guest room, but it’s also worth considering how the room might work as a study.
A study can be more than just putting a desk and a chair in the corner of the room – and if you’re searching for ideas, check out our tips for creating the perfect study space in your home.
When you buy a study desk or chair, don’t assume you can’t get a decent level of comfort out of them. The comfort of your study furniture is important: if you don’t like sitting in your study chair for long periods, you’re going to end up in your armchair in front of the television. You don’t need to find padded leather – faux-leather, foam and flexible rubber-backed chairs offer the same level of comfort. If possible, try before you buy!
The same goes for desks – don’t just get any old model. Think about the height of the surface: too low and you’ll find yourself hunching – too high, and you’ll be stretching. Leg room is very important – make sure you can stretch out and move your legs around without bumping your knees on the sides or top.
One of the best ways to make a space conducive to study is to separate off a study area from the rest of the room. We’re not talking a curtain or a partition wall, but a clear, designated area in which your desk and chair are situated. In practice this means finding a desk/chair combination that fits the architecture of your room – you don’t want your chair to be hitting the wall constantly or your desk leaving no elbow room.
It also means keeping your room tidy. Invest in a tiered-file to store papers, rather than piling them on your desk or scattering them over the floor. A small pencil and pen tin is a great way of keeping all your small stationary in one place. Shelves are a great addition to any study – and help keep everything off floors and surfaces.
Even if you are converting an old bedroom or guest room, you may want to retain the room’s original function. There’s no reason you can’t keep a bed in there, but why not invest in a sofa bed to maintain focus on the room as a study. Sofa beds are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, so you should be able to find a model which suits your needs. Having a sofa is also a nice option for when you need a relaxing study break.
Study spaces are as much about the little things as they are the big. Getting a suitable desk and chair are only ever going to provide a good base – the rest will be up to you. Arranging your stationary, categorizing your books, finding a good desk lamp – all these touches can help make your room work for your needs – and ensure your study time is as successful as possible.