Easy Ways to Design a Kids Learning Centre

Whether they’re mastering letters or learning fractions, Canada’s youngest learners need study spaces, too. When it comes to the Kindergarten to Grade 5 set, think “co-working space.” Littles do best at a workstation set up in a shared area such as the kitchen, living or dining room. Studying in a common space ensures they have adults or older siblings nearby for support and/or supervision. 

Carving out a dedicated workspace is as simple as 1-2-3: desk, seating and accessories. 

Here are 5 must-haves that’ll get your young learner set up for study success — without cramping your home-decorating style.

Desk dedicated to learning

While a seat at the kitchen island or dining table will do in a pinch, if you have the room to tuck in a dedicated desk, it will keep your junior scholar out of high-traffic zones during meal-making or table setting.

TIP: Choose a slim model that saves space and has a sleek, home-furniture aesthetic.

TRY: OSP Home Furnishings Writing Desk, $98

This desk wouldn’t look out of place in a compact workspace tucked into a kitchen or living room, or even hallway alcove.

Task chair for comfort

Whether you roll it up to the kitchen table or pair it with a dedicated desk, a modern task chair earns an A for extended study sessions.

TIP: Look for lumbar support, comfy foam padding and a height-adjustable design appropriate for different users.

TRY: Union & Scale Essentials Mesh Back Fabric Task Chair, $129.00

Choose a fixed-arm chair like this one to provide stability for younger users.

Light up learning

If your child’s study space features a shadowy overhead fixture, brighten things up with dedicated task lighting. This will make it easier for them to focus and concentrate on their work.

TIP: A cord-free desk lamp is easy to set up and put away as needed.

TRY: Merangue Flexible LED Desk Lamp, $18.99

This battery/USB-powered model fits the bill, and on a budget too!

Keep organized

Corral markers, glue sticks, pencils and more in this large-capacity desk organizer. Keeping stationery in one place makes it easier for your student to see what supplies they have at their fingertips.

TIP: Just stow the organizer in a cupboard or closet whenever you want to tidy up fast.

TRY: Poppin Large Desk Organizer, White, $26.00

This minimalist design is great if you don’t want kiddie-style accessories taking over your space… but if your child insists on customization, stickers would make for a neat compromise.


Round out your child’s dedicated workspace with dedicated stationery and accessories that are just for them. Find age-appropriate tools that will get them motivated to take ownership of their workstation.

TIP: It’s never too early for an organizer! Simple list-making is great for students who are too young to need a day planner.

TRY: Merangue Paper Clipboard, Rainbow, $4.98

This fun clipboard is the perfect spot to create and save lists.





By Staples Canada

July 31, 2020

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