The main difference between a baby’s room and a schoolchild’s space is a workplace. It should be comfortable, ergonomic, and thoughtful.
Following are examples of how to equip a student’s workplace.
1. How to choose the best place?
The organization of the student’s workplace begins with the choice of an appropriate point. Do not be content with a free corner; it is better to rearrange the room, placing the study area following all the rules :
- Natural lighting. Children often do their homework during the daytime; why not take advantage of this to save on electricity? Move the workplace for the student to the window: place it opposite, with your back to the opening or sideways, depending on the free space.
- Zoning. Wherever the desk is located, separate it from the play and sleeping area. This is particularly crucial for primary school pupils since proper space division will not detract from their studies.
- Privacy. The worst option for the location of the working area for two is to put the chairs opposite. Children will interfere with each other doing their homework – it is better to put the seats with backs or parallel.
2. How to properly equip the workplace?
Turn to the choice of basic furniture for the workplace for the child.
The best option is a growing desk with an adjustable table height. Since children grow up quickly enough, it is expensive to change the elements of the working area constantly – it is better to spend money on high-quality furniture once to not worry about the health of the child’s back.
The second advantage of modern school desks is the ergonomic forward tilt at an angle of 15 degrees. This proven method helps maintain vision and correct posture.
If the parents do not wish to buy an adjustable model for some reason, you must choose a table for the following parameters:
- The position of the elbows determines the minimum width, depth of the tabletop: they should not hang down. The generally accepted minimum standard is 60 * 60 centimeters, but models with a width of 0.8-1 m are more convenient.
- The height of the working surface is 2-3 cm below chest level: this ensures correct posture, a comfortable position of arms and legs during exercise.
When a child’s desk is not adjustable, it is convenient to have at least an adjustable chair. Therefore, the classic model with metal legs is not the most practical option. Modern plastic transformers have come to replace bulky school chairs, but it is not very convenient to constantly push in and adjust the seat’s height for growth.
Orthopedic chairs are knee, chair type.
- The first ones do not have a back; the child rests mainly on his knees: sitting on one is not very comfortable, but the back will remain straight, and the spine will be healthy.
- The second has an adjustable anatomical back and seat; most models have a foot or knee support. Perhaps the appearance of such chairs will not fit into the design, but the student’s workplace will be safe.
3. What do you need to know about lighting?
To organize a workplace for a student, just a school desk with a chair is not enough: you need to take care of sufficient lighting.
Select one or more sources:
- Table lamp. It’s not for nothing that the model has become a working-area classic. By regulating the degree of illumination by approaching or moving away from the object, it’s simple to direct the ceiling to a textbook or notebook.
- Ceiling lamp. Since it is located at an impressive distance from the surface, it acts as a leading light, requiring an additional point closer to the table.
- Sconce. Choose ones that shine downward and are on an adjustable leg – a great option to save space on your countertop. In addition, a sconce, unlike a table lamp, cannot be accidentally dropped by a child on the floor.
- Floor lamp. The light is placed on the floor when there isn’t enough room on the table.
4. How to properly organize storage?
For the child to be comfortable doing homework, the tabletop should remain as accessible as possible. At the same time, access to all necessary office supplies, books, educational materials should stay simple and convenient.
Keeping order will be helped by:
- Table drawers. Small objects are put in them, as well as things that are constantly used: pens, pencils, markers, scissors, paper clips, notebooks.
- Open shelves. Usually used for books, albums, notebooks.
- Closed storage systems. They hide items of non-daily “demand”: sketchbooks, paints, plasticine, office paper supplies. The printer is also removed here so that large equipment does not interfere with the table.
5. Beautiful examples in the interior
In designing a study place, you do not need to come up with anything from scratch: you need to be inspired by exciting ideas that have already been implemented to translate them into the nursery.
For example, placing a tabletop on a windowsill, many do not consider that the student needs so much space for lessons. Therefore, instead of a wall-to-wall table, make a table + 1-2 benches with cushions, on which it is comfortable to read books or relax during breaks.
When equipping a workplace for two, it is essential to divide the territory so that each child understands where personal possessions end, strangers, begin. To do this, use color (as in the photo on the right), light, or physical partitions – deaf or transparent.
When designing a room for a student, consider the need for a work area from the very beginning, entering into the design. For example, in the project shown below, the table, bed, wardrobes, shelves are assembled into a harmonious one-piece combination.
A student’s workplace requires special attention from designers. When designing this nursery area, remember that the child will have to spend a lot of time in it, so everything should be thought out to the smallest detail; it is convenient for the little owner of the space and not the parent.