Everyone wishes to have a calm and silent space in their home where they can read, paint or pursue other hobbies, or can be used as study room for their children. However due to space constraints in most homes, this becomes impossible. This said, the next best thing is to have a small study corner in a bigger room – whether in the living room, bedroom, or dining room. Whichever area you identify, make sure your child uses this space to study on a regular basis. Do not change the location every day or every week.
Lighting and ventilation
An ideal study space should be a combination of good storage and ventilation. A study area is all about reading and so, good lighting and ventilation are crucial. The space that you select should have lots of windows and sunlight to ensure good reading.
Furniture and storage
These days, you find plenty of products, which combine elegance with user friendliness, so make a judicious decision while selecting furniture and accessories for the study space. Pick a sturdy desk.
If required, invest in one which is more expensive, as it is likely to be used for many years to come. Though it is nice to have good-looking pieces of furniture, ideally, the study table should be more utilitarian. So, it is better to have a simple, sturdy structure with non-distracting design elements.
Children have a way of being tough on furniture, so the sturdier the better. The table should have enough storage space with drawers and shelves. Ensure that the table is multi-functional and has plenty of storage units to store books and other items. The surface should be anti-glare and should have adequate space to allow the child to keep his books handy. It’s important to pick the right chair as well. The chair should be comfortable and ergonomically designed. You do not want your child to stoop or develop back problems early in life.
Ideally, install a table, which is large enough to accommodate a computer also. If you can’t afford a separate area for an independent bookshelf due to space constraints, then design the study table with an elevated storage space to accommodate a bookshelf or to store files.
Select calm colours that create a soothing atmosphere for the study. Warm, bright colours such as orange, light green, beige, yellow or peach are suitable as they will lend a cheerful look to the space. To make your study more attractive, paint a single wall in a different colour or put up a wallpaper. Apart from this, you can also go in for texture finish on a single wall. Hang up a writing pad on it for notes and reminders. Choose lighter colours for the ceiling. Again, furniture such as table, chairs and bookshelves can be painted in a neutral colour like white.
Ambient and task lightning should be used in the study. Irrespective of size or design, the study table has to be positioned in such a way that light, natural or artificial, comes in from the left side, rather than from behind the table. Generally, bedrooms have soft or diffused lighting so if you have a fashioned out a study corner in this area, ensure appropriate and separate lighting system for work purposes.
While task lightning is to be used when reading at the table, ambient lightning is to be resorted to when the entire study is in use. Pedestal lightning could also be used to go in for a better decor. Apart from this, a whole lot of sunlight would be perfect for a comfortable and cosy study room.
If you are believer in Vaastu, then see that your child is facing east, north or northeast while studying or working at this table. Vaastu says that facing the east while studying aids concentration.
Alok Kumar Upadhayay