5 study space ideas for any space at home

A metal and solid wood desk and black swivel chair in the small space between the bed and wall in a blue bedroom.

5 study space ideas for any space at home

Studying and working at home are necessities, but finding room for a home office isn’t always easy. Couch, dining table, wherever—our study space ideas can help kids and adults alike get to work, stay focused and learn something new anywhere at home.

A living room with a sofa and a wall of modern bamboo shelves including one shelf that’s a desk.
A shelving unit that includes an office desk station, mounted onto a blue living room wall.

1. Camouflage your office area in a living room with a wall unit that includes a desk and lots of display shelves. A cable management box covers up untidy chargers, and a clamp spotlight provides necessary light without stealing desk space. For more unity, match desk accessories to wall colour.

2. Grow with your study buddy thanks to a child’s desk that adjusts to different heights. The tallest setting even works for adults! Storage like pegboards and picture ledges keep the area clean and clear. Work lamps keep eyes from straining. Just swap your kid-friendly seating when it’s time.

A movable storage bench with castors next to a large dining table that’s being used as a study or work space.

3. Roll to any table (especially the dining table that’s so great for spreading out) and turn it into an office with a smart storage bench on wheels. You can organise the removable drawers even more with a few baskets or boxes and add to your overhead lighting with a convenient USB lamp, too.

4. Combine a bedroom and study room with a slim, movable table. Choose one that’s deep enough for your laptop or books. (This one’s 36 cm and has a spot for your computer so you can really unplug.) Don’t forget a lamp, and don’t skip on a desk chair—even if your bed is a tempting seat!

A blue living room with a sofa and adjustable laptop stand for a workspace at home.

5. Outfit your couch desk so you can work where you lounge—with more efficiency. A laptop stand adjusts for a right-height desk and doubles as a side table. You can direct the floor lamp where you need to read. And a portable, pocket-y organiser contains your papers and practical stuff.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior designer: Emma Parkinson
Photographer: Simon Fritzell
Writer: Marissa Frayer