Double Duty Rooms – Marrying the Hobby Room and the Children’s Study Room

by Rachel Laurendeau on December 26, 2012

Do you feel as though there just isn’t enough space in your home to accommodate all of your family’s interests and needs? You’re not alone. In most homes, there are rooms serving double duty. The best way to create these multipurpose rooms is to group activities by likeness or needs and to group together the activities that will not likely overlap when it comes to time-sharing the space.

The similarities between what you need in a hobby or craft room and a study room are quite similar. At a minimum, you will require:

Good lighting – preferably plenty of natural light but also task lighting to illuminate the table or desk as you work.

Work surface – space to spread out your books, notebooks, computer or your craft supplies. The type of craft of hobby will likely determine the type and size of work surface you need. You will also have to decide whether you and the kids can share the surface (that means clearing it off every single time they/you use it!) or if you will put in separate desks or tables. If you have enough space in the room, I definitely recommend giving everyone their own work area and making the space really serve both functions.

Seating – comfortable and ergonomic seating is important. You and your children may spend many hours per week in this room so it is important to have chairs that suit each person’s size and needs.

Storage – if the room is cluttered, it can be detrimental to the study process and to your creativity. Getting organized and using proper storage solutions will help keep the room clutter-free. Items that are used frequently should be close at hand while extra materials and tools should be in closed drawers or marked boxes. Ensure that each person has their own storage areas so that things don’t get mixed up. For a very tidy and organized space, you could have your general contractor  or home improvement contractor build cabinetry with both drawers and cupboards in the room or even think about putting in an island as a workspace.

Color and decor – a home study area or hobby room should be motivating and encourage creativity and productivity without being overstimulating. Choosing the right color palette and decor is quite important.

If you found this blog post helpful, you may want to read Part 1 of our Double Duty Rooms series where we discuss how to successfully marry the guest room and home office.

Resource: Houzz

Have you had to carve out space for activities in your home? Tell us how you’ve done it in the comments section below. We always love to hear your inspiring ideas.

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