The back-to-school shopping list is a bit more complicated this year, especially for parents who need to re-create a classroom at home.
Parents who quickly cobbled together study stations in the spring are spending time planning out more permanent spaces this fall. Many are adding work zones in the home—sometimes eking out space in hallways or closets—and differentiating furniture setups based on children’s ages and incorporating gadgets that make virtual learning feel like (slightly) less of a drag.
“A lot of our customers have been struggling with, how do you create a workspace for the whole family,” says Alessandra Wood, vice president of style at Modsy, a San Francisco online interior-design service where clients record video of their rooms to get a virtual setup.
Start with a sense of place. Most students will benefit from feeling like they have a place to go, whether it’s a couple of steps to a different section of their own bedroom or a walk down the hall. Getting dressed, brushing teeth and eating breakfast beforehand can make their home classroom feel more official.