Post by Nicky King from Bobby Rabbit

September is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing: back-to-school season! But homework doesn’t have to be boring – and neither does your child’s desk. Whether it’s for homework, drawing, colouring or simply relaxing with a favourite book, it is possible to create a study space that is both functional AND fun.

Here’s how:

1. Choose an area that works within the room

Image sourced from Van Staeyen

Running a table along the length of the room (as pictured above) makes the most of an area that may otherwise not be used for anything – especially in a loft room like this one. It’s light (thanks to the window) and bright (thanks to that cheerful sunshine yellow and white) with plenty of available desktop space for every activity you can think of! Don’t forget alcoves, unused corners, underneath loft beds, and even cupboards – because they can make perfect study zones too!

Image sourced from The Land of Nod

2. Hang a shelf

Image sourced from Estiloescandinavo

If you don’t have a lot of space, then why not consider hanging a wall-mounted shelf instead? Simple and smart, yet effective too. If it’s next to a wall, even better – hang some extra storage for all those arty bits and pieces and to help keep everything tidy and organised. And don’t forget all that extra space underneath the desk! Stack some storage boxes, bins or baskets to stash away all the mess when work and play is over.

Image sourced from En Suus

3. Choose a coloured chair or stool

Image sourced from Saarkeloves on Instagram

These Ikea steps look amazing painted in bright colours and used as stools! And we love how the drawers divide up the two areas whilst serving as functional desktop legs, not to mention brilliant storage for paper, pens, crayons and books.

Likewise, these sweet vintage chairs in this kids’ room (below) add a pop of bright colour whilst being perfectly in keeping with the style of the room:

Image sourced from Coosje blog.

4. Decorate!

Coloured paint, wallpaper, wall stickers and wall art all help to add colour and character to the walls, giving the study area its own identity. We love this simple yet creative two-tone ‘mountain’ design on the wall, which defines the corner and separates it out from the rest of the room:

Image sourced from Wildones.

When we decorated our own daughter’s room, we chose this grey and white cloud wallpaper for the alcove surrounding her desk:

Image sourced from Bobby Rabbit.

5. Add a peg board

A simple pegboard above the desk is decorative, functional as storage and the perfect solution for displaying their creative masterpieces:

Image sourced from Aimee Weaver

Image sourced from Pretty Life Girls blog

Image sourced from Petit and Small

So, whether it’s for a 2, 12 or 22-year-old, you can keep their study space both fun and functional by adding elements such as a bright chair or stool, a colourful shelf or pegboard or a decorative wall feature through paint, wallpaper or wall art. And let’s face it – when you have kids, there is plenty of wall art to display.

Nicky King is the founder of the amazing brand new shop Bobby Rabbit. Her boutique ‘for little treasures’ offers a magical collection of toys and home accessories for kids, from teepee beds to toy tents; bunnies to bedding. Every single product has been hand picked to spark little imaginations and create lifelong memories. Check it out on InstagramPinterestFacebookTwitter and say hello!