Many parents have been tasked with home schooling, not an easy feat by any means! Create a desk area for your kids schoolwork and homework, to encourage them to get stuck in. We’ve sifted through some gorgeous house tours and pulled out our favourite kids office ideas.
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Some of these desk areas are set up in bedrooms, others in play rooms, and others are lucky enough to have separate home offices just for doing homework in. Whatever your setup, these kids desk areas are full of ideas and inspiration.
We love the idea of sectioning off an area with cosy drapes, and we love the space-saving ideas of pull-down desks that sit flush with the wall when they’re not in use. In one of the larger kids office spaces, a long desk wraps around the wall offering lots of surface for spreading out books and papers, while a magnetic tack board on the wall offers the perfect place for hanging all those artworks.
The examples below show how you can create a desk out of a window sill, or wall mount a floating desk into an unused area as another space-saving option – for example in a family kitchen.
And then there’s cute mini desk with mini chairs, perfect for art and messy projects. If the desk is in a dedicated room, you could paint the walls with chalkboard paint to create a floor-to-ceiling blackboard for doodling – and learning.
Create a desk area in their playroom, their bedroom, the family room or in the adults’ home office.
Get inspired by all our kids office ideas below…
A desk area uses up an awkward alcove space. A framed artwork and wall light make this space feel very elegant and grown-up for a homework nook.
Designed by Alice Lane, this clever desk area was created between the cabinets, in the window sill area. A full wall of built ins allowed for projects and papers to be organised and out of the way.
This compact, pull-down desk creates the perfect spot for doing homework.
Get the look: This is the Harto Secretary desk.
A fish tank built into the wall gives this playroom instant cool points. The room also features a 12 foot long custom lacquered desk with polished stainless legs and an indestructible ‘colourblock satin Lucite’ work surface.
Get the look: This is a David Weeks pendant light in a custom grey.
The custom glass painted tack board is magnetic, and is perfect for hanging up kids artworks.
This desk space makes the most of an under-stair alcove.
A fun wallpaper brightens up this homework nook, designed by Caroline Cobbold.
A computer station sits along this wall, and is separate from the table in the centre of this kids' office which is used for arts & crafts.
Get the look: Wall to wall carpet is Geometeric’s Betsy by Tsar with cusom color and pattern.
Make their pictures have more impact by displaying en masse. Arrange a collage in a large frame or hang them from a piece of string using decorative pegs, or you could pin them on to a huge noticeboard.
Get the look: The school desk is vintage – you can find lots of double desks on eBay. Habitat’s Bobby fluorescent orange floor light, £70, is similar to this. The Felty multicoloured round rug, from £499, from Modern Rugs, looks like this bobble rug.
A zingy citrus yellow wall fills this playful space with energy, while vintage pieces tone it down.
Get the look: The grafitti painting is by Jon One.
A wall-mounted desk creates a neat area for admin. The wall paint colour is calm and zen-like, muting distractions.
Get the look: Bloomingville wall-mounted desk, Bodie & Fou. Wall, Down Pipe Estate Eggshell, Farrow & Ball. Lantern vase, Jonathan Adler. Hector wall light, Original BTC. Switches, Forbes & Lomax. Caribou chair, Ochre. Cushion Kirsten Hecktermann.
This floating desk was fitted next to the kitchen and makes the most of otherwise unused space.
A tiny table in the family room / lounge is surrounded by little bear shaped chairs, creating an inviting work station for the kids.
Get the look: Bear chairs from Maisonette, Oeuf. Shelving from CB2. Ornaments are from KAWS Sculpture, Zara Home, Entler, Bari Ziperstein (LA based ceramicist).
The blackboard started out as a fun thing for the kids, but it’s turned out just as useful for the parents to scribble reminders on.
Get the look: Find a table like this at Sunbury Antiques Market. For a similar desk, go to Habitat. The 1972 Munich Olympics posters are by Otl Aicher. Pick one up on eBay. These are the DSS-N and DSW chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. City Cows sells similar hide rugs. Find desk lamps like these at John Lewis.
This desk space is nestled into built-in storage, painted in vibrant gloss blue.
Padded banquette seating make a snug corner for homework in this kitchen corner. To ramp up the glam factor, a trio of Lee Broom crystal lights hang over the table.
Get the look: The lights are Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb and Pendants. The table is an eBay find and the banquette was made by Christophe Clement at The Ugly Room. The cabinetry, which houses the fridge and freezer, is by British Standard by Plain English.
The black grid-like boxes of the shelving unit, together with the black lines of the desk and painted ceiling create a Mondrian-inspired effect. We love how the desk flows into the shelves, as one piece of furniture.
This playroom and homework area is divided from the rest of the living and kitchen area via some steps. Contemporary modular shelving lines one wall, while the kids desk and chairs creates the perfect spot for homework.
Get the look: The 606 Universal Shelving Solution is by Vitsœ. The Kids Table is by Another Country. The Series E classroom chairs are by Robin Day for Hille.
This calm office space is also used by the children to do their homework, and also doubles up as a play room from time to time.