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Workspace | Rooms to Study

A lot of people have asked me about setting up a space that’s good for studying. And since I know how tough it can be to get kids to focus – especially those lucky ones that have ADHD – I wanted to share some ideas that might help in your home.

Sometimes the only way to get kids to focus is to work with them one-on-one without any distractions. You can do this in a variety of ways, but here are some easy fixes:

1. Schedule the room’s activities – You don’t necessarily have to change a room’s design to change its dynamic. If you block off time for studying, time for playing, and time for relaxing, and adhere to a specific schedule, you’ll find your family/living room become organized and useful.

2. Set up a stimulating environment – If you incorporate bright colors and fun shapes into a specific room, the environment quickly becomes an inspiration. Just be sure not to toe the line between stimulating and distracting. A little pop of color here and there is enough to satisfy a child’s need for

3. Promise rewards – When I had trouble focusing as a kid, my mom would sometimes offer me a reward if I finished my schoolwork. It’s always a good idea to give kids an incentive, and if they have a sibling, why not motivate them to help each other out? That way the reward is something the whole family enjoys. It’s a win-win situation.

Do you have any tips to help get kids to study? Design or not, share them in the comments below.

Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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