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7 Homeschool Design Tips To Help You Ace The 2020 School Year

For many families with kids, back to school this year looks a lot like staying at home. For those who had never planned on homeschooling, the idea of a year of distance learning is probably causing some stress and anxiety.

There’s a lot to balance when you’re both working from home full-time and acting as a teacher’s aid to help your kiddo get into the groove of a new school year from home. While we can’t take the stress away or watch the kids while you work, we can offer a bit of help with our online interior design services.

Just like with your home office set-up, the design of your homeschool space can play an important role in helping your kids do their best this year. We polled some of our designers who are also adjusting to distance learning this year, and they gave us some amazing kids workspace designs and tips for how to help you, your kids, and your home make the adjustment. Keep reading for 10 of our best homeschool design tips for setting your little one up for success at home this school year!

1. Transform Your Dining Area Into A Homeschool Space

“If you don’t have a full room to dedicate, the dining space is always a good solution since you already have a table and chair setup.” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

Your breakfast nook or dining space can be an eating area by morning and night, and a homeschool space during day. This is a great place for your kids to set up their work stations, because it already has chairs and a large workspace surface. And, continuing to use this area for morning and evening meals creates a good boundary for helping keep your home tidy (and helping keep you a bit more sane).

When creating dining room office designs, simply keep a bar cart or rolling utility cart nearby, and use that to store school items and tuck things away at the end of the school day. And since a dining space or breakfast nook is typically in the center of a home, it’s an easy space for you to keep an eye on your kids, even if you’re working in another room—and you can easily pull up a chair to help with some math problems when you’re called on for help. We love this idea because the whole set-up doesn’t cost a dime to create—it’s all stuff you have in your home already!

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips2. Use Bins To Organize School Work

“A large basket or storage container for my kids to place completed work or scratch paper helps keep clutter contained.”  – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Wherever you set up your kids’ homeschool rooms, we recommend keeping various bins and trays nearby. They’re a great place for kids to place their school work and have scratch paper. Each kid can have their own set of bins, and you could even color-code them for complete and incomplete work, crafts, and whatever other categories you want! This is a great way to keep things their homeschool classroom organized and looking streamlined for both kids and parents. Bonus tip: rolling carts and bookcases are a great place to house these organizational items, along with any other school supplies.

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips3. Create A Snack Station

“I try to keep a little bowl with healthy snacks (raisins, trail mix, etc.) and water bottles near them so they can nibble if they get hungry.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Don’t want your kids interrupting you every 10 minutes for a snack? Set up a snack station! We love the idea of keeping healthy snacks near your kids’ homeschool rooms, so they can grab something when they’re hungry, but from a pre-approved assortment! This gives your kids a sense of independence and can be fun for them to “shop” for their own snacks. You could even add a chalkboard above the snack station to write out a general schedule for the day to keep everyone on track!

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homeschool design tips4. Give Your Kid A “Cloffice”

“The more personalized a work area is for your kid, the more important they will feel that space is. Creating a work area with a background in your home that is not distracting for your child or their classmates is also helpful.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

If your kid is doing distance learning, they’ll likely be on video calls much of the school day. So, setting them up in a homeschool space where the sound is insulated and the background isn’t distracting is important. Even if it’s just a small space! With that in mind, we love the idea of creating a “cloffice” for your kid (AKA a closet office).

By emptying out a closet in their room or in another room in your house, taking off the doors, and putting a desk inside, they suddenly have a cozy nook in which to work. It’s a great way to keep a desk out of the way and tucked away from the main homes activities. And it also lets your kid feel like they have a space that is all their own. Let them personalize it with artwork and even pick out some desk accessories that make them happy but aren’t distracting. (You can also check out some of our kids room design ideas for ideas on how to incorporate a desk into the rest of your kid’s bedroom!)

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homeschool design tips5. Create A Space With No Distractions

“Some of the essentials I would consider would be a dedicated desk/table area so that they have a place to ground themselves and get into “work mode”. A comfy chair or place to sit is also a must, if they are uncomfortable that is all they will be able to focus on!” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

It’s important to give your kid a homeschool classroom desk area that is comfortable, clean, and dedicated to schoolwork. Make sure they have a comfy chair so that at least their physical comfort won’t be a distraction. To further eliminate distractions, make sure there are no TVs, handheld electronics, or toys in this area. Tucking their desk or work station into a room where they can close the door is great for older kids who need less supervision but still need help with focusing.

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homeschool design tips6. Divide One Space For Two Kids

Having two kids in one homeschool space means they can easily be a distraction to each other—but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If that’s the case, divide the homeschool room with a room divide or open bookcase like seen here. It gives them just enough separation to lessen distractions. And if you opt for an open bookcase, you also get some built-in storage for books, paper trays, or even a printer. You can keep each side matching and equal, or let each kid personalize their half.

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homeschool design tips7.Create An Arts & Crafts Zone

When homeschooling, having creative time is very important—especially for younger children. So, consider setting up a separate space in your home for art, music, and craft activities. Having a separate space will hopefully make this area feel more fun and less like work, so that it becomes a place where your child can unwind and unleash their creativity! A dining room is a great space for this, as it will give you room to supervise or help your kids.

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8 Cool Kids Bedroom Ideas From Modsy Customer Spaces

Designing a bedroom for your little one is not an easy task. There’s a long checklist of things to consider: Is there enough storage? What’s the right size bed? Do I invest in quality now or wait to replace everything once they get older?

So it’s no surprise that many homeowners come to Modsy for help with designing their kids rooms. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our coolest kids bedroom ideas, which were designed by our Modsy stylists to help out a few homeowners with their real-life kids room challenges. Read on for more and get inspired!

For a Room That Will Grow Up With Them

“Dear Modsy: We just moved into our first home and have an empty room that we want to turn into our son’s first bedroom. Right now it’s empty and we have no idea where to start.”

—Son’s bedroom from scratch

What the space needs: A bed that can last and smart storage solutions. All while feeling kid-friendly and colorful.

Design Solution #1: Furnishing For Function First

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Room to Grow Up With Design #1

Looking for furniture that can last? Rather than replacing pieces every few years as your child grows up, a few basics will do the job now and later. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to invest in quality pieces with a simple shape yet sturdy construction.

Items like the bed, dresser, and storage bench are all kid-friendly options that can work in a teen’s room as well. Dress them up with easy-to-change accent pieces. Fun and colorful decor pieces are an easy, budget-friendly way to make the space feel more personal and kid-friendly.

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Design Solution #2: Going With a Good Bed

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Room to Grow Up With Design #2

Another design where quality foundation pieces mingle with colorful accents. If you can only invest in one or two quality pieces, we say make the bed count. It’s the one piece most families end up replacing as the kids grow up. Storage pieces and rugs are also great places to invest for the long-run.

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For a Girl’s Bedroom

“Hello Modsy: This is a bedroom redesign for my 8-year-old daughter. We would like this design to take her into her preteen years, so nothing too immature.”

—Getaway for my girl

What the space needs: A modern and clean base with pops of blues, greens, and purples. Plenty of storage to maximize the small space and a desk/reading nook set up.

Design Solution #1: Making It Her Hangout Spotkids bedroom ideas

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Modsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #1

In this design, we opted for a twin bed to maximize the open floor space around the room. This let us fit in a two-in-one desk/bookshelf, a big dresser, and a cool reading chair in a corner. We added her favorite colors in small art and accents for some pops of color. This ultimately gives her a space that feels like her own private hideaway.

 

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Design Solution #2: Making It Her Live/Work Space

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kids bedroom ideasModsy Girl’s Bedroom Design #2

The focus here was on a bigger, comfier bed and no reading corner for a more grown-up look and feel. This setup turns the room into a kind of mini studio, where an office area is clearly defined from the storage area and the bed. The upside of this is that even with a large bed, this layout has more floor space and functional storage.

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For a Boy’s Bedroom

“Hi Modsy: Our son just turned 3 and we want to make the transition from a nursery to a big boy room.”

—Ready to graduate my son’s bedroom

What the space needs: Plenty of storage and a teepee play area. The wall decals are keepers as well.

Design Solution #1: A Cool Bedroom For Any Age

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kids bedroom ideas

Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #1

From the distinctive bed frame to the campaign-style dresser to the farmhouse sconce, this room is all about cool design that’s built to last. The classic blue, white, and gray color scheme makes for a palette that’s easy on the eyes and easy to grow into for any kid.

Also, there’s plenty of storage in this layout, including floating shelves on the walls. And there’s even room for a teepee—take a peek below!

 

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Design Solution #2: A Very Versatile Bedroom

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kids bedroom ideas

Modsy Boy’s Bedroom Design #2

This design sports a clean-lined, mid-century look that lends the bedroom an feeling of openness. There’s plenty of storage, but the white tones add to the light and airy vibe of the room. The simple palette of black, white, and red also makes it easy to mix in new art, accents, and even furniture eventually.

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For a Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom

“Hi there: We are a couple with two kids and we’re looking to redesign our four-year-old’s room.”

—Couple on a mini-makeover mission

What the space needs: A queen-sized bed and space for reading and playing.

Design Solution #1: Dedicating Space for Play

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kids bedroom ideas

Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #1

This bedroom is all about making space to play. One of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to carve out a corner that’s entirely devoted to playtime activities. Here we have a mini desk and tent set up for reading, crafting, and playing. Besides the queen-sized bed, the rest of the room is filled with substantial storage pieces that make this space super functional but still bright and fun.

 

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Design Solution #2: Working In Space for Play

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kids bedroom ideas

Modsy Kid’s Bedroom and Playroom Design #2

This layout focuses more on the space being a practical kids bedroom. The larger bed is a great option that your youngster can grow into. Another one of our favorite kids bedroom ideas is to sprinkle baskets and hampers all around to keep toy clutter at bay. While there’s not a dedicated kids table, we brought in a beanbag chair to create a cozy reading corner and an easel for some crafting fun (see the full room below!)

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