10 Homeschool Desk Ideas to Inspire Your Remote Learning Space

Abigail Sawyer | 11 Aug 2020 | Office

If your kids have been doing remote learning, or you're considering homeschooling this year, you're probably thinking about creating a permanent space for your kids to do their schoolwork. Whether you're creating a built-in desk or just clearing off the dining table, we've got some tips and inspiration for creating a homeschool room.

girl working at homeschool desk in office with woven wood shades and open shelving

Photo via @prettyonfridays. Featuring Woven Wood Shades in Tibet Walnut.

Tips for Creating a Homeschool Room at Home

We decided to consult Kris, head of our category experience team and homeschool mom of 6, to get some tips for setting up a homeschool space. Here's what she had to say:

  • Set up your school space in a dedicated area away from toys and especially not in a playroom. This will help kids distinguish between "school time" and "play time," as well as reduce distractions.
  • Use available wall space for a daily schedule and assignment calendar. These visual systems will help kids know what to expect each day.
  • Color code supplies by child to make cleanup easier.
  • Consider using cubbies or a bookshelf so all of your kids' items will have a place to go at the end of each day.

home office with white desk and storage cubbies

Photo via @madisonnicoledesign. Featuring Premium Woven Wood Shades in Barcelona Sienna.

Think About Lighting for Your Homeschool Classroom Set-Up

We also recommend thinking about lighting when setting up your kids' workspace. Consider placing their desk close to a window to take advantage of natural light, or outfit their desk with a reading lamp.

If your child is close to a window, blinds are a must. You don't want harsh glare shining right in your child's eye when they're trying to focus. And if they'll be on lots of video calls, be sure that a window isn't right behind them. Backlighting will make it very hard for teachers and others to see your kiddo's face on camera. We recommend positioning their desk facing a window or with window light shining on their face from either side. Check out our other tips for optimal video conference lighting.

If you're considering buying new window treatments for your homeschool space, be sure to check out our guidelines for child safety, or speak to a Blinds.com Design Consultant.

built in homeschool desk in dining room with open shelving

Photo via @penningtonpoint. Featuring Woodcore Faux Wood Shutters in White.

7 More Inspiring Homeschool Desk Ideas

If all you have is a corner in a guest bedroom, a small desk will do the trick! We love the bulletin board above the desk for displaying art and assignments.

small space homeschool desk in guest bedroom

Photo via Ned and Ariel Fulmer. Featuring Premium Roman Shades in Tantalum Antique with Blackout Liner.

If your home has an oddly shaped corner or unused nook, now's the time to make the most of wasted space. A shallow desk, or built in floating work surface are inexpensive ways to create your set-up.

odd shaped cordner room with homeschool desk

Photo via @allisajacobs. Featuring Designer Woven Wood Shades in Kula Sandy Beach.

This minimalist office has the perfect lighting set up for video calls. A light-filtering shade blocks glare, and lighting from the side will make sure the teacher can clearly see your child's face.

minimalist home office homeschool room

Photo via Amanda Jane Jones. Featuring Light Filtering Cellular Shade in Glacier.

Use the space you have to spare, even if it's just a corner of the living room. We love this set up if you're looking for homeschool desk ideas for small spaces.

child's homeschool desk in corner of living room facing window with white roman shades

Photo via Curbly. Featuring Premium Roman Shades in Lexi White.

Homes often have lots of wasted space of the entry, whether they're formal living rooms or just a large foyer. Add a desk, and POOF, you've got a homeschool space. Plus, they'll most likely be a bit farther away from the living room or kitchen where distractions from the rest of the family may be going on.

homeschool desk in entry faving large windows with white blinds

Photo via @littlemissouricottage. Featuring Classic 2" Faux Wood Blind in White.

If you're on a budget, you can still create a built-in homeschool desk that looks surprisingly high-end. Just grab a few old filing cabinets or drawer storage units, and place a piece of plywood or butcher block on top.

homeschool room with DIY desk on filing cabinets and window shutters

Photo via @meadowlakeroad. Featuring Premium Wood Shutters in Bright White.

Even if you can only spare a teeny amount of space, like this spot at the top of a staircase, you still may be able to fit a slim desk.

apartment small space homeschool desk at top of loft stairs

Photo via @madebycarli.

Need Help Creating Your Homeschool Space?

If you need help picking out window treatments for your homeschool room, don't hesitate to speak with a Blinds.com Designer.

For more remote learning inspiration, check out our tips for creating a window seat reading nook, or try some education outside the school desk with 55 home improvement projects you can do with your kids.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw