Most people didn’t expect to learn or teach from a home classroom in 2020 — yet that’s the reality for many.
As parents navigate their dual roles, setting boundaries for home and work can be challenging. And for students, making the mental leap from playtime to learning in the same space is equally frustrating.
If you’re struggling to motivate your child or yourself from home, you’re in luck. With some simple changes, you can transform your home into an effective and functional learning environment.
In this article, we’ll offer quick design tips to optimize your home classroom or study for learning.
8 Home Classroom Design Ideas to Boost Productivity
Incorporate these 8 easy home classroom design tips to stay organized, focused and productive.
1. Create a Dedicated Learning Space
Making space for an at-home classroom can be tricky, but some simple organization can help.
Now is the time to purge all the things you never use, organize what’s lying around and get labeled bins to store the rest. You may find that you have more space than you thought!
Looking for a way to organize school supplies that’s easy to access and out of the way? Try an over-the-door organizer like this one.
2. Eliminate Visual Distractions
A busy space can quickly become a distraction and lead to poor performance. Keep it simple when decorating your home classroom and fill the space with only the essentials.
Limit items to only what you need for learning or teaching that week. Anything else is a distraction.
With the whole family at home, space might be tight. While it’s easy to get distracted or interrupted, you can create a focused classroom area by cramming less into it.
Soothing colors will put you in the right headspace to learn or teach, so be sure to incorporate them into your home classroom setup.
Balance is everything. If you like bold or bright colors, leave plenty of white space around them. And if you prefer soft and subtle hues, create contrast by alternating light and dark shades.
Experiment to determine which colors help you or your child focus best.
4. Adjust Your Lighting
School classrooms are notorious for poor lighting that makes it challenging to stay alert and focused. Your home classroom is a chance to do better.
Natural sunlight boosts both concentration and test scores by up to 18%. When possible, position your desk or learning station near a window to keep energy levels high.
To tone down the heat and sunlight coming through your window, add curtains as a window treatment. Curtains block out intense sunlight, and soundproof curtains go one step further to limit distracting outside noises.
For a fast and simple solution to hang curtains in your home classroom, try Kwik-Hang curtain rod brackets. When selecting a curtain design, choose a color and pattern that fit the room and keeps you feeling calm and focused.
If windows aren’t an option for your learning space, swap out your lightbulbs. Use LEDs instead of incandescent or CFL bulbs. They come in a broad range of colors and intensities (and also reduce your energy usage).
5. Play With Decor
When teaching or learning from home, your environment plays a pivotal role in getting into the mindset to learn.
Continually play around with your classroom design by making small adjustments to keep your child interested and engaged.
6. Hang a Calendar or Weekly Schedule
Hang a calendar in your workspace, and set your priorities for each day.
Hanging calendars serve as a quick, visual reminder of your intentions for each day to keep you accountable and focused on what needs to get done.
7. Set Up Functional Shelving Solutions
Shelving helps you stay organized by creating much-needed space to store school materials like books, papers, binders and projects.
If you have multiple students at home, prevent school items from getting mixed up by assigning each child their own shelf to store their things.
Built-in shelves placed at the right height can also function as a sitting or standing desk when you’re working with limited floor space.
8. Change Locations
Don’t hesitate to change the location of your home classroom if your current setup isn’t working. Find the room in your home where you feel most comfortable and build your classroom there.
There’s no right or wrong place to learn or teach from home — only places where you’re more or less productive.
Enhance Your Workspace With Kwik-Hang
Whether you’re homeschooling or studying from home, living and learning in the same space can quickly zap your productivity.
Spruce up your workspace and stay energized by hanging curtains.
Kwik-Hang’s no-drill, no-damage curtain rod brackets make it easy to refresh your room and maintain the ideal lighting throughout the day.
Just position the brackets, tap into place and that’s it — no wall damage or precise measurements.
For your next home classroom design idea, try Kwik-Hang!