Thursday 22 February 2018

Study break... How to ensure the perfect study space

Start the school year with the perfect study nook

Picture by Cuckooland
Picture by Cuckooland
Marseille Metal Dining Chair, €70, Tesco Direct
Copper desk lamp, €65, HomeSense
Marble pattern file organisers, Tiger
Photo by Cuckooland

Emily Westbrooks

In my family, we have a saying that's particularly apropos when the new school year rolls around: Start as you mean to continue. In other words, get yourself organised at the beginning of September and set the pace for a successful, productive school year to come.

Nothing sets a kid (or adult!) up better to go back to school than a comfortable and efficient study nook to call their own. Start with a desk that has lots of space for spreading out papers and sufficient legroom underneath. Add a comfortable chair that will encourage concentration, and throw in a little extra lighting for those dark evenings to come. And finally, the really fun part - stock up on a few fun organisational tools that are just as fun as they are functional. Four simple steps that will help students of all ages get over the back-to-school blues and encourage them to crack open those books and get down to business! 

1 Desk Jockey

Start with the perfect desk with space to spread out papers and calculators, pencils and rubbers. A storage drawer or two will be a bonus for tidying.

2 Take a Seat

A comfortable chair is probably the most important ingredient to the perfect, useful study nook. There's no sense in having a seat that will make your little one wiggle more than usual! Try bringing your child along to test out chairs but make sure to set some parameters first or narrow down a set of acceptable (and colourful!) options.

Buy it: Marseille Metal Dining Chair, €70 from Tesco Direct

3 Let There Be Light

It's only a matter of time before the days start to get noticeably shorter and darker. Soon enough, your study nook will need a little extra light and a desk lamp is the perfect solution. Choose one that gives just enough light to add atmosphere and keep students focused.

Buy it: Copper Desk Lamp, €65 from HomeSense

4 Get Organised

The organisational bits for your study nook are the icing on the cake. Plan a visit to ­Tiger to stock up on colourful but affordable ­accessories, like quirky pencil cases and these trendy file organisers.

Buy it: Marble Pattern File Organiser, €3 from Tiger Stores

Nice Notebooks

Stoke your creativity by stocking up on some crisp new notebooks. We chatted with Mark Haybyrne, owner of Irish designers Jam Art Factory to learn about their notebook collaboration with Duffy Bookbinders. Mark explains the choice of the Poolbeg Chimneys. "The fact that something so industrial and, as some people call it, ugly, is loved by so many just shows how much it means to the people of Dublin. It's the first thing you notice when you're flying back into Dublin from being away."

The collaboration itself was a simple process. "We designed the image and sent it to Duffy Bookbinders to make the printing plate. We then decided on the colours and text to use inside. They then did the rest. Duffy Bookbinders is Dublin's oldest working bindery, and they're a lovely bunch of lads!" A5 notebook €20, A6 €10,

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