Stylish study spaces
Personalized mouse pad
Really make the space, whether it’s in their room, in a nook in your home, or at a desk near the family room, feel like their own. Little touches can make an ordinary desk and computer seem extraordinary. Take this personalized mouse pad, for example – swirly fonts and a fun pattern brighten up a space, and it’s easy to find more masculine mouse pads for your teen guys, too. Etsy, $12 US.
Reaching for that history textbook or biology book can seem more fun if its home is an organized bookshelf with character. And an organized study space will mean work can get done more effectively, quickly and easily (and what child, teen or parent doesn’t want that?). The bright, bold colours of these shelves make them easy to personalize for your child. Casalife, $262.
Finding a chair that’s ergonomic and stylish used to be a tough task, but home office chairs now come in such a wide selection of colours that you might have a difficult time deciding on what hue to actually go for. Bright pinks, purples, and yellows are perfect for young girls and teens, while blues, reds, oranges, and metal finishes work well in more masculine chic spaces. Even if everything else in the space is neutral, a bright pop of colour can provide personality and inspiration. Ikea, $39.99.
Keeping track of after-school activities, new classes, due dates and upcoming projects (not to mention a busy social life) can be a daunting task for any kid or teen. Make it fun, stylish and easy to meet deadlines with a unique calendar to post notes on. These numbers are all made from recycled magazines, so each will be unique, and the magnetic backs secure notes to a board easily. A great addition to any home office. Etsy, $25 US.
So you have a laptop, desktop or other stylish tech accessories already, but to really make a space cool and useful for kids and teens, a tablet or iPad is always a fun way to go – not mention a space saver. They can work on homework, do research and be creative all in one. Plus they have the freedom to move around from room to room with it. Future Shop, $499.99.
A sturdy desk
If you’re going to spend some extra money on one aspect of your kid’s study space – and if you want something stylish and functional – consider investing in a high-quality desk. Opt for a classic style, made from real wood or recycled wood materials, and something that is sturdy and can sustain a little wear and tear. A classic desk can be adjusted to any point of your child’s life with the right home office accessories, but the quality will ensure it lasts year after year. Pottery Barn, $645.04.
What teen doesn’t have a slew of magazines that they covet? Whether it’s fashion and beauty glossies, music reads, or sports magazines, they all need a stylish storage place to go once they are finished leafing through them. Store their favourite reads in sleek metal magazine files that come in bold colours or a simple silver. Ikea, $9.99.
Lava lamps, be gone. You can have something funky, colourful and still stylish when it comes to tabletop lighting options. Let your child or teen pick their favourite colour to add some personality to their study space; the shape and sleek style of this desk lamp will always be fun. Casalife, $138.
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