Thank you to Lamps Plus for sponsoring our homeschool classroom tour!
As many of you know this is our second year of homeschooling, and now that we're getting comfortable with our identity as a homeschool family and have decided to continue homeschooling our four children, it was time to give our beloved homeschool classroom a much-needed makeover. Check out our new classroom in our homeschool classroom tour and reveal below.
As we were contemplating the design of our room, we decided to focus our layout on two main purposes: to create a functional room with ample storage for homeschooling four children, as well as to create a room with a comfortable and quiet reading area for our children to study. Most importantly, we wanted to make as much of the space we had, around 100-125 square feet, stylish and livable.
Homeschool Classroom Tour
We set up our original classroom on a budget because as you know, the first year of homeschooling is the most expensive. This is the year of purchasing not only your yearly curriculum and supplies but also your furniture. And to be honest, in that first year, we weren't 100% sure if homeschooling was going to work for us so we didn't want to invest a large amount of furniture into a lifestyle that wasn't going to happen. (Thankfully, that wasn't the case.)
Take a look at the video below as we share our new space in our homeschool classroom tour. After the video, I'll share with you some of our favorite furniture products in the classroom and why we love them.
Amazing right! We are in love with the new room, and best of all the kids love to spend time in it.
As you could see in the before photo the room was a mess. We were lacking the storage we needed to homeschool four children. We had books, classwork, art projects, and in full disclosure toys from my work, that were stacked anywhere there was open space. We also had the third desk in the room that was unused taking up an entire wall of the room.
To create our new homeschool classroom, we decided to remove the unused third desk and we added a second 2×4 storage cubby next to the first. We also repositioned the remaining two desks against the storage cubbies along the wall. Now, we not only have the organizational space we needed, but we have added the essential reading area for our older kids to use for reading and study time.
To keep our books organized, we found the magazine file folders that match the arm chair in our reading area perfectly. The blue folders hold our kid's books in order of grade/age, and the black magazine folders hold my teacher guides.
The new reading area features an armchair our kids love to relax in, along with a pillow and blanket for comfort. The addition of a reading chair to our room has more than doubled the time our children read at night, which as parents we love.
Across the room is a second armchair that doubles as an additional reading chair and a chair I use while teaching. This gives our older kids the opportunity to separate themselves to a room with little distractions to read and study together.
Next, we added clocks and chalkboards to our room. Just like in traditional classrooms at school, a homeschool classroom should have a clock available for parents and children to keep on task throughout the day. I suggest getting an Arabic number clock if you have little ones to use as a tool in helping to teach time and time management.
We also added this desktop clock for the other side of the room to help our youngest children get a hands-on look at how time works.
This ladder bookcase helps the kids keep the books they're reading neat, organized, and close at hand. We have a larger library upstairs and have the kids switch out their reading books each month.
This is also where our class pet, Phineas Finn, lives.
And to keep their reading books from toppling over, we added these fun, metal vane bookends which I love.
A reading lamp was another must have for our homeschool classroom since our kids read in the evening. We opted for a swing-arm desk lamp to give our kids the control over how they position the light.
Another amenity I suggest to look for when shopping for a desk lamp is a USB port in the base. This port is perfect for charging classroom iPads, speakers, or any other electrical device without having to leave the classroom.
Just like art displays at school, our kids love the DIY art boards I created. If you missed the instructions in the video, the boards are simply a picture frame with the glass removed. Then, I hot-glued a roll of cork board to the frame back, and hot-glued burlap fabric on top of the cork board. Reassemble the frame and you are done.
To complete the look of our homeschool classroom we added a few home decor products like faux flowers, pillows, and blankets.
We hope our new homeschool classroom tour inspires you to create the classroom of your dreams. You can learn more about the furniture products we used from Lamps Plus in the video below.