How to Make a Comfortable Workspace for Your Homework

Updated on May 10, 2017

Importance Of Creating A Homework Nook

Most people work best when distractions are kept to a minimum.

  • Distractions are one of the main reasons high school and post secondary students have trouble getting their homework done well and finished on time.
  • Having a space that presents few distractions, contains enough space and light to work comfortably and provides the tools for the task are all important when choosing a space for homework completion.

Follow the tips below when choosing and designing a homework nook that will increase your academic success by making homework completion a more pleasant and efficient experience.


Creating A Space For Homework

1. Choose a Location with Minimal Distractions:

  • A den or bedroom away from television and major human traffic is the best spot for a homework nook.
  • A quiet area away from room mates or siblings presents fewer distractions.
  • For younger children, a spot where mom or dad can easily check up on progress is also beneficial.
  • Even a dining room table can be utilized if the work area is consistent. Supplies on a rolling cart which can be tucked away during dinner would be beneficial in this case.
  • For younger children, this may be the ideal situation as mom and dad are often within ear shot to field questions and ensure their children remain on task.

2. Make sure it is Large Enough:

  • The designated homework nook should be large enough for a desk holding a computer or laptop and supplies.
  • Supplies on the desk might include pencils and pens in a holder as well as a file holder to organize homework assignments currently in progress.
  • The space should also be large enough for shelving or a book case for reference material such as dictionaries and a thesaurus as well as texts for current subjects of study.

3. Have a Comfortable Chair:

  • Ensure your chair is comfortable for long periods of sitting.
  • A padded chair with wheels is handy for quickly reaching items on bookshelves or carts apart from your desk.

4. Keep Important Supplies Close:

  • Writing utensils, erasers, rulers, markers, highlighters, staplers should be in an organizer on your desk.
  • Filing baskets or file holders should be on your desk or bookshelf within easy reach.
  • Current assignments like essays and projects should have their own file folders and be clearly labelled.
  • A write and wipe calendar board is handy near your desk for a quick visual of your current work schedule and upcoming assignment due dates.

5. Keep Reference Texts Handy:

  • A dictionary and thesaurus should be within easy reach in your bookshelf.
  • School texts for current courses should also have a place within your bookshelf.

6. Make Sure to have Adequate Lighting:

  • Adequate lighting is key to reducing eye strain and thus reducing fatigue.
  • Natural lighting through a window is ideal but lamps, especially for evening work, are a necessary part of your homework nook.

7. Keep a Consistent Routine:

  • Working at the same time each evening is ideal for getting the homework done well and consistently.
  • Some prefer to complete their work immediately after school whereas others require a break to expend energy in order to refocus. Whichever personality type you are, develop a consistency to your work habits and try to complete homework at the same time every day.

8. Personalize Your Space:

  • Add your own personal touch to your homework nook.
  • Adding pictures, special utensil holders, walls painted your favorite color and other personal touches creates a comfortable work space that you feel happy working in.
  • When you are happy and comfortable in a space, you are much more productive.
  • Homework will get completed faster and more efficiently.

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      • Teresa Coppens profile image

        Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks shiningirisheyes for your continued support. Work always goes so much smoother in a clean work area!

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        Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

        Great job Teresa. My office is in my den. I am a Virgo and cleanliness and complete order are the dame of the game for me. It is so much more productive that way.

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        Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Only a few small steps of organization to get there. Happy New Year Jules!

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        Jules Gonzalez 5 years ago from From the Concrete Jungle to the Sunny Side of Me!

        I want that room...

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        Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Hey Theresa, glad you found the article useful. We've used a number of these ideas over the years! Have a fantastic New Year with your family!

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        Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thanks for stopping by and commenting farmloft. Hope you have a prosperous New Year!

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        Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

        Teresa - This is am excellent guide to creating a useful and pleasant study space. I love the rolling cart idea. I should have read this 25 years ago when my children were in elementary school. :) Sharing.

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        farmloft 5 years ago from Michigan

        I like the rolling cart idea! since the dining room table is the best desk for me.

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        Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Congratulations somethgblue, that's a great GPA at any age to attain. Reducing distractions and having an organized place to work is the way to success. Glad it worked for you!

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        somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

        One of the motivating factors to selling my TV and disconnecting my cable was when I went to College I didn't want any distractions to keep me from doing my homework.

        It seemed to work I graduated with a 3.7 grade point average at age 48!