As many of us gear up to head back to school, the classroom will look a bit different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly all aspects of our day to day lives, and school is no exception. Although some districts have opted to continue face-to-face education, the majority of the country has needed to adapt to a brand new environment and to convert their homes into makeshift classes. This blog post will provide some teacher-approved and design-friendly essentials for turning your space into a classroom, to help optimize the success of your students.
Turning Your Home Into a Classroom
We can all agree on one thing: The transition from in-person to online instruction has been difficult. At the beginning of the pandemic, the immediacy of it all was stressful, and adapting to an entirely new method of learning in the middle of the school year was hard. But now, five months into this, we’ve figured some things out. And, although nothing can replace the physical classroom, we’ve also learned a thing or two about turning our homes into a virtual learning space where students can thrive, and interior design can survive.
Dry Erase Board
One decor item that is essential for an office or a classroom is a whiteboard. Not only are they helpful for writing down and keeping track of everyone’s schedules, but they also provide a way for your student to diagram, take notes, and write math problems. The benefit is that things can be erased and changed for continued use. But whiteboards can also be chic. You can keep your whiteboard design-friendly by adding a DIY frame, pairing it with a corkboard, or by placing wall hangings around it.
Multifunctional Metal Grids
Recently, several interior designers have incorporated the use of hanging metal grids in their designs. These decor items are not only on point, but they also serve a purpose. Metal grids can be used to hang papers or photos, and you can also buy shelves that attach on to them for items such as candles or small succulents. Wire baskets can also be hung on these metal grids for storage of school supplies or other essentials such as tissues or hand sanitizer. Multifunctional metal grids can keep your DIY-learning space organized while enhancing the design of your room.
Again, some of the essential items to any home-classroom design are those that are both trendy and multifunctional. Another recent design craze is floating shelves. These can be incorporated into your space to help promote organization and eye-catching interior design. Floating shelves can be used to house easy-to-reach books and office items. This keeps the books from cluttering the floor or desk and allows for them to be displayed in a design-friendly way. Floating shelves can also be used for storage bins. You can label these containers with your students’ items, like art supplies, which can quickly be taken down and put back up after use.
TIP: Add other decorative items to the shelves to create an even trendier space. Use succulents, picture frames, and standing clocks. These extra decor items can also elevate the learning environment for your students.
A Comfy Chair
With constant meetings, classes, and calls, Zoom fatigue is real. Depending on what grade your student is in and their teacher, they may find themselves in long hours of virtual classes. It’s beneficial to your student to invest in a comfy chair that they don’t mind sitting in for some time while they’re in class. Trendy saucer chairs or cushy office chairs will keep your student comfortable and attentive. Some students find it challenging to sit for long periods. In this case, consider trying alternatives, such as exercise balls they can bounce on, wobble chairs they can move on, and bean bags they can rest on. These different chair options offer stylish solutions to the issue of long-term sitting.
Rolling Storage Cart
Rolling storage carts are yet another fashionable and multifunctional piece of decor that is beneficial to your home classroom. With their multiple layers, they can be used for extra storage, they can add space to your room, and they’re a hot ticket item in interior design. Rolling storage carts can easily be moved around your home, especially if your student likes to utilize different spaces for their learning. They can hold essentials such as books, supplies like scissors and colored pencils, and if your student gets hungry, snacks. These are also a great option if you want to add a pop of color into your classroom space.
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