Craft Area/Homeschool Space Inspiration

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If you have school-aged children, I imagine that you’ve been struggling with the decision of how to navigate their education during this pandemic.

Everything is changing at a rapid pace around here, so this is what we have planned for the time being… we are going to be homeschooling Luke this fall. We are choosing not to follow along with the county mandated virtual learning program in an effort to have more control over Luke’s curriculum, screen time, and schedule. We’re juggling a different school and pre-school option for my other kids as well. Our hope is that Luke will be attending a different school in the 21/22 school year so losing 1 year of Kindergarten at a school we do not intend to keep him at wasn’t a big deal.

We have this area of our playroom that we call “the stage”. I’ve always wanted to ask the previous owners, who built this house, what their intention was for it, but I’ve not been able to. Right now it serves sometimes as a craft area, a casual temporary crisis homeschooling area, and the space where David sits and plays Mario Kart on the Wii. Our playroom in general was a room where we just dropped our stuff and never designed or painted when we moved in. It’s the only room in our house with a TV, so our grey sectional is there for lounging and watching movies. Other than that, we are still using two IKEA storage units for toys that we had at the old house, and haven’t made any plans to update the space.

See the “stage” below, in a normal playroom state:

With growing kids, the playroom needs are always changing. Right now, it’s a nice space for fort building, wrestling, tickle monster fun, and lots of crazy playing. Eventually, I imagine it to be used for crafts, games and hanging out as the kids get older.

In thinking about setting up this space for a full academic year of schooling for Luke, I wanted to choose pieces that could work for both right now, and after we have finished homeschooling as well. In the long-term, this is a great area for crafts because of the hard floor (instead of carpet), so I’m planning for it to be a creative-looking space with plenty of room to spread out when working on art. In the meantime, it will also function well as a school area!

Below are a few inspiration images I found as I develop this area, and some art that caught my eye as well!

Original Image source: https://www.crazy-wonderful.com/playroom-makeover-built-ins/#_a5y_p=6619710 

Original Image source: https://www.laybabylay.com/craft-room-ideas-kids

Original Image Source: http://www.winterdaisy.com/blog/2020/1/22/classic-blue-and-white-kids-modern-playroom-reveal 

Original Image Source: https://magnolia.com/our-show/episode-09-the-chip-2-0-house/

I also thought these rainbow decals were really cool! It’s a great way to add whimsy and color to the space without committing to painting!

I’ll continue to share the process of converting this space into a homeschool/craft/workspace for the kids as it comes together. I find that my personality, and my kids, tend to thrive well in a space that is functional and inspirational and I hope to create that for them in this area of our playroom!

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  1. Sara says
    Posted August 6, 2020

    We set up a small antique table in our formal living room for “school.” We too have decided to home school our son, who is 6. The county is offering virtual school, requiring mandatory attendance 6.5 hours per day. I am not a fan of having my son sit in front of a computer for that long, nor do I think he learns that way. When paired warith our daughter’s rare autoinflammatory condition, it was the best choice for us.

  2. Kimberley King says
    Posted August 6, 2020

    As a teacher of little ones, I am comfortable sitting in the same chairs as the kids do when I sit at their tables…but I’m sure my husband wouldn’t be. Maybe include a chair for the adult who will be helping them with their work?

  3. Jessica Sonderfan says
    Posted August 6, 2020

    We are having homeschooling at the beginning of this year.
    I am setting up two work areas in different parts of the home because they will be online with their different classes at the same time.
    I had not considered the need for some physical space between the learning areas due to sound.

  4. Posted August 6, 2020

    This is the cutest! Thanks for sharing! ❤️✨

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  5. Joanne says
    Posted August 6, 2020

    There is a blogger/YouTube called The Minimal Mom who is starting to homeschool her 4 children this year. She has created a Facebook group with a couple of other homeschooling moms to help with questions, curriculum, fears, etc. Could be a great resource for families.

  6. Posted August 7, 2020

    Those are some lovely spaces.. great inspiration.

  7. Denise Erlandson says
    Posted August 13, 2020

    Please add your bought pieces to your LIKEtoKNOW.it page!

  8. Posted August 27, 2020

    In fact, I have often thought about the fact that it would be important to make a separate large playroom in the attic for my two children, just like yours, because it really affects them well, I have a very large bedroom and when they start to play of course they like it better, there is where to turn around.