Creating a Study Space at Home
The way you design your Study Space or study room is very important for effective work. Therefore, you should organize a workplace that matches your way of working, personality, and learning style for your work.
Everyone’s work preferences are unique. The arrangement of your Study Space may vary accordingly. Some people absolutely want a quiet environment to work in, others believe that they work better by listening to music. Some people work long uninterrupted periods, others prefer to work with frequent breaks.
First of all, you should determine your own way of working and preferences, because you will organize your Study Space accordingly.
Using Study Space Cleverly
- Utilising comers: If you have a small work area, fit a triangular desk in a corner.
- Laying out stationery: Keep out only as much stationery as you will need for a few days. Store the rest out of the way.
- Mounting items on walls: If you have limited space for work surfaces, mount items such as a telephone and a desk lamp on a wall.
- Using a cart: Keep a cart to hold items that you use every day. Push the cart underneath your desk when you have finished work.
Pad a piece of wooden cork board with a sheet of foam. Cut a piece of scrap fabric to cover the board, leaving a 2-in (5-cm) edge of the fabric all around the edge. Lay the foam-covered board on top of the material, and nail the excess material to the back.
Plan a layout so that the items you use most often are within easy reach of your desk.
Study Space – Using Shelf Space
- Installing shelves: When you fit shelves, allow more shelf space than you think you will need so that you have room to store extra items in the future.
- Using furniture: Use the tops of cabinets as shelving for lightweight objects. Make sure that you do not overload these surfaces.
- Storing books: Put reference books (or other materials) on a shelf by your desk so that you can reach them without leaving your chair.
- Storing files: Put filing trays on deep shelves to keep your work surface clear.
Study Space – Creating Storage
Clean a set of unused, stackable vegetable racks, and use them instead of a filing tray to hold papers. Stand the racks on an accessible work surface or shelf. In your home office work, you’ll see the benefits of this arrangement.
Study Space – Displaying Data
- Using wall space: Display visual information such as planners and notices on a wall in front of your desk, where you can see the information without turning around.
- Making bulletin boards: To make an inexpensive bulletin board for your Study Space, collect several dozen corks. Cut them in half lengthwise, and glue the pieces onto a wooden board.
- Using spaces under shelves: If you have shelves just above your desk, fit a panel of cork or bulletin board between the lowest shelf and the top of your desk so that you can make use of the wall space of your Study Space.
Study Space – Making an Office Memo Board
- Pad a piece of wooden cork board with a sheet of foam. Cut a piece of scrap fabric to cover the board, leaving a 2-in (5-cm) edge of the fabric all around the edge. Lay the foam-covered board on top of the material, and nail the excess material to the back.
- Lay thin ribbons on top of the fabric in a crisscross pattern. Fasten the crossing points to the board with drawing pins, and pin the ends of the ribbon to the back of the board. Mount the memo board on a wall, and tuck cards and notes under the ribbons.
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