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How to create a homework station for your older child

10 July 2018

Our tips for making a comfortable and functional desk space that will inspire your older child to study.

Choose the essentials

There are few musts when setting up a desk for a child aged 11 and over – a sturdy work surface, a lamp so eyes don’t get tired from reading plus somewhere comfortable to sit. Choose a chair with adjustable height that fits in under the desk so it can be pushed away when not in use.

See all children's desks & chairs

Use your walls

To free up the work area and keep things organised, you can always use storage on the walls. We even painted a calendar on the wall.

See notice boards

A lamp on a desk with a cactus and stationery in the background.

Keep it neat

It’s hard for anyone to concentrate when things get messy, but if their workstation looks cool, your child will want to keep it tidy. Desktop organisers and a tray are a good idea, which make it easy for your child to keep things neat.

See paper & media organisers

Let the light in

Why not put the desk in the middle of the room facing the window? Letting in light will give your child an energy boost when they need it.

See desk table tops & legs

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