10 Cool Homeschool Room Setup Ideas & Supplies You Need



Want some ideas to help you setup your homeschool room? Today we’re going to be looking at some simple suggestions that will inspire you to set up a colorful, fun space in which to educate your children. Many supplies, furniture, and stationery items can be picked up at IKEA or Office Works. To complete this article, I had a look at Office Works and photographed items that you might find helpful. 

Home educators don’t need a huge layout of money to get started. Many of these items can be sourced second hand through Buy&Swap websites or Facebook Marketplace. You can also source many things buy doing a few DIY projects.

Contents of this article:

  1. Table and chairs
  2. Desk setup
  3. Modular cube bookcase
  4. Stationary
  5. Pictures and posters
  6. Blackboard or whiteboard
  7. Decorating ideas
  8. Additions to organize your homeschool room
  9. Montessori Home Setup
  10. Setting up a small homeschool room

Throughout the article, I’ve put links to relevant Amazon products. HDIH is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.

 

1. Homeschool Table and Chairs

Getting a good homeschool table and chairs isn’t difficult. Many are hard and plastic or wooden and can be sourced from IKEA or Office Works. (Homeschoolers usually don’t sit in chairs for too long as most only do about 2-3 hours of homework a day.) Many second-hand shops offer cheaper table and chair options for those with a tight budget.

You can also get a more comfortable desk chair with padding for your teenagers who might be putting in a few extra hours as they study for entrepreneurial or college pursuits.

Table and Chairs for a Homeschool Room

 

A table and chair set can be useful for doing craft and painting projects. They allow children to spread themselves out and get messy without sullying your dining room table!

For little people, these miniature chairs are a great way to feel comfortable while you work and are a favorite with many small people.

Miniature Homeschool Table and Chairs - a great option in a homeschool. Miniature Homeschool Table and Chairs. A better looking and slightly more expensive option in a home school.

The one below is a folding table and chairs so you have the option of clearing it out of the way when not in use.

If you don’t have a lot of money, children can work at dining room tables. The downside of this is that your house might look permanently messy. But, some mothers might not mind this; some might even like having children close to them in the main living areas as they complete other tasks such as feeding a smaller baby or making dinner in the kitchen.

 

2. Homeschool Desk Setup

Another great furniture item for your homeschool room is a desk. Desks are particularly useful for high schoolers as they can open multiple books on the same slab of timber without having to balance them or overlap them.

Students can also store their stationary in drawers which allows easy access and reduces interruptions from having to get up out of their chair and access stationery elsewhere. Some children who are easily distracted might benefit from having a desk that faces the wall for less visual stimulation that a window might offer.

A homeschool desk from IKEA or Amazon is a simple option that parents can purchase straight away. Another option children might want to participate in is a DIY homeschool desk using reclaimed lumber from your local recycling centre.

Desk for Homeschool Room: This is a great cheap option that should serve your child's whole primary and secondary education life.

Or you could make it a bit fancier by doing a DIY homeschool desk like the one below…all you have to do is plonk a bookcase on your desk and you’re done!

This is another option for a desk in your homeschool room. It can house all books or curricula on the top hutch and all the stationary in the draws.


 

For homeschooling rooms that accommodate more than one child, consider setting up an L-shaped desk that can fit more than one child in a small space. This way you’ll be able to add other furniture and storage supplies into your small homeschool room space or just have more space to move around in larger areas.

A great desk for a homeschool room that will fit in a compact area. A larger desk option for high school aged homeschoolers.

 

 

3. Modular Cube Bookcase for a Homeschool Room

Bookcases are great homeschool furniture ideas as most home educated students are avid readers and well-above-average in this department. Consequently, most homeschools contain many books which can be housed in a modular or horizontal bookcase.

If they’re on top of the desk, make sure they are secured appropriately and are not a falling risk.

Modular cube bookcases are especially popular these days as they can double as a bookcase or a loose item holder. Parents can purchase specially made plastic or fabric boxes to fit into these spaces which can house small homeschool room supplies like loose stationery.

The modular bookcases below are from Office Works and IKEA and Amazon have similar options:

This is what every homeschool room needs. A modular bookcase. I found this one at Officeworks but I also think you can do an IKEA homeschool room and get something comparable. #homeschool room. #howdoihomeschool This is what every homeschool room needs. A modular bookcase. I found this one at Officeworks but I also think you can do an IKEA homeschool room and get something comparable. #homeschool room. #howdoihomeschool



 

4. Stationary for your Homeschool Room

Neatly contained homeschooling room supplies inspire learners and educators alike. Without appropriate storage options, stationery supplies can get messy and disorganized. 

A good way to get around this is to purchase mess and space-minimizing stationary holders for all your loose pens, pencils, and papers. Pencil cases are a great option for escaping pens and pencils while document holders will hold curriculum workbooks and extra paper for writing or craft purposes.

Pencil cases. I always think fun stationary make one want to study even more as your environment is improved. Document holders to keep papers you're using semi-regularly in your homeschool room. Different options for storing documents or curricula notes in your homeschool room. Minimalistic document holders for your homeschool room. These might get messy though.

Don’t forget to get some clipboards too. These will be useful when you go on nature walks.

Clipboard stationary to keep nature walk documents or other papers neatly in your homeschool room.


Organization in a homeschool room is important, otherwise, things get frustrating, not to mention messy.  Sarah from FrugalFun4Boys said:

This sounds silly, but… make sure everything has a place. Otherwise, it will not be put away. This has taken me a long time to learn! Scissors, tape, glue, pencils – they all need designated homes in your school space.

So make sure your room is organized neatly.

 

Stationary for Your Homeschool Room

You’ll need some simple stationery to get you started. Except for having to get name labels for every rubber and pencil, you don’t want to go missing, the supplies you’ll need are similar to the ‘back-to-school’ items most parents purchase. These include:

  • pens,
  • paper,
  • a stapler with staples,
  • a box or two of printer paper,
  • blank paper books to do drawings,
  • lined paper books for essay-writing,
  • texters, pencils, markers, crayons,
  • sharpeners,
  • scissors, and
  • post-it-notes

There’s a lot more, but these are most of the basics.

 

Faber Castell is one of my favorite texter options for homeschoolers.Good stationary pencils makes home educated students want to be artists! None of those second rate pencils that don't work properly. Stationary for a Homeschool RoomFun decoration options for your homeschool room setup.


 

Technology for your Homeschool Room

Laptop and a Laptop Bag

In this day and age, it’s wise to buy your kids a laptop to use in common areas, as they’ll need to be doing research on it for various homeschooling projects. A laptop is a great idea if you want to record things as you go on excursions and field trips.

A laptop has the advantage of portability, but a desktop will last longer as children won’t ruin the unit by moving its hard drive while it’s operating.

A Warning about Technology in the Bedrooms: I would think twice about allowing your children to take technology in their room alone. Keep the laptop in communal areas. It’s easier to get tempted to look at things you shouldn’t be looking at if you’re in your room alone than it is if you have a computer in a communal space.

 

If you can afford it, a good computer will last you a long time and you won't regret its purchase. Beware if you're doing a course that requires a fast processor as these cheap computers might not be able to do the job.
If you can afford it, a good computer will last you a long time and you won’t regret its purchase.

 

Laptops for a homeschool room don't have to break the budget. Beware if you're doing a course that requires a fast processor as these cheap computers might not be able to do the job.
Laptops for your homeschool room don’t have to break the budget. Be aware if you’ve purchased a homeschool curriculum that requires a fast processor (like Monarch). Cheap computers might not be able to do the job. Check the technology requirements in the details section before purchasing.

 

As you can see, some of the cheaper laptop options are as little as a couple of hundred dollars, while the pricier laptops can set you back almost $2,000. If you’re the sort of homeschool family that likes to go places, you should consider purchasing a decent bag to carry your notebook, Kindle or iPad.


iPad or Galaxy Tablet

An iPad is a good compromise if you don’t want to buy a big, expensive laptop. It can be a great idea to take them on excursions and nature walks as they’re not ruined if children use them while moving.

Unlike a laptop, an iPad or tablet can be kept clean easily, and some even come with waterproof cases in the event your child is prone to little accidents.

As far as price goes, a Galaxy tablet is much cheaper than an iPad. Both will do the same job, although an iPad might be better in some areas. You can compare the prices in the two Amazon boxes below. One shows different iPad options, while the other shows Galaxy tablet options.



 

A Kindle

If you have a small homeschool space like a dining room, a Kindle is a great way to reduce the clutter of books contaminating every flat surface. You can purchase a Kindle for every child or buy just one. One limitation of buying a single Kindle is that if you have multiple kids who want to read at the same time (i.e. during independent reading time), you might struggle with being able to share the Kindle around appropriately.

 

iPads are a great option in a homeschool and are easy to carry on excursions or field trips.

 

A Printer

If you’re home educating, it’s a great idea to keep a color printer in your homeschool room. I would call a printer an essential these days, especially if you’re using a more eclectic homeschooling style.

A printing unit allows parents to print out notes to save their children from looking at screens constantly. Some parents purchase curricula that can be printed online such as the Easy Peasy and Good and the Beautiful. You’ll need a good color printer if you want to print out curricula in their intended glory.

A great color printer is useful, especially if you're doing a curriculum that has many printables.

Many printers come with inbuild scanners. If yours doesn’t, make sure you purchase one of these too. They come in handy when children want to reference a page they found in a library book. Laminators are an optional item for parents who wish to preserve certain art items in their original glory.

Another optional purchase is a mobile document scanner like the one below. These allow students to directly print their images from their mobile devices.

Many printers come with scanners, but you can also get scanners to print things straight off your mobile phone.
Many printers come with scanners, but you can also get scanners to print things straight off your mobile phone.


High School Stationary

When students reach high school, their resources list starts to change significantly. They need more complicated accessories, some of which can be borrowed like Bunsen burners and some of which need to be bought due to their frequent usage. Resources homeschooling parents should buy include circular and triangular rulers and angle measures like the one below. These can be purchased inexpensively at Office Works or similar stores. Don’t forget to look out for back-to-school sales.Triangular rulers: Stationary for a homeschool room which is a necessity for most teenage homeschoolers.

 

Scientific calculators are also used frequently so they should be purchased. They can be expensive though. To navigate this hurdle, I’ve found many second-hand stores carry scientific calculators for a reasonable price.

High school-aged homeschoolers will find a scientific calculator indispensable in their homeschool room.

High school-aged students also need:

  • highlighters
  • loose leaf hole paper
  • tabbed dividers
  • a weekly planner if this isn’t on their phone
  • ring binders and
  • a USB flash drive.

10 Great Homeschool Room Ideas and What You Need for It

 

5. Homeschool Classroom Pictures

Hanging pictures and putting artwork graphics up on the walls can be a great way to make your classroom bright and inviting. But, why not make it educational too?

Putting bright mathematics graphics on the wall can help to motivate your homeschoolers and inspire them to learn their arithmetic. Some samples of times table and multiplication graphics I found from Office Works are below.

These multiplication tables provide colorful decoration for your homeschool room. These times table posters provide colorful decorations for your homeschool room. They almost make you want to learn your mathematics!

It’s also an idea to include a world map or a map of your local country. I found this one of Australia in our local store.

Homeschool geography isn't complete without a map of your country on the wall.

Given phonics is the best way to learn grammar, a phonics graphic like the one below might be appropriate in your homeschool room.

A phonics graphic is helpful as homeschooled children learn how to read.

A poster of the human body might also inspire your home learners to learn about anatomy and physiology.

A colorful portrayal of the human body inspires anatomy and physiology study in your homeschool room.

 

There are many options available as you can see in the pictures below. Also, check out the Amazon box below that has different options, relevant to the country you live in.

Other poster options for your homeschool room.  Other poster options for your homeschool room.    Other poster options for your homeschool room.

 


Bible Verses on the Walls

As a Christian, I love being surrounded by encouraging words of hope and love. Bible verses remind me of my purpose in life and inspire me to live the way Jesus wants me to live. For this reason, I’ll be putting a few Bible verses on the walls of my homeschool room. These are some of the ones I did myself:

Bible verses for Homeschool Classroom Pictures

You could also put up some quirky artwork. This is one I put up and I love (though my husband isn’t a fan…):

Artwork for Homeschool Classroom Pictures

 

6. Blackboard or Whiteboard

If you love organization, you’ll be wanting either a blackboard or a whiteboard. Whiteboards are good for illustrating your points and storing information in visually obvious places (such as the daily tasks or memory verses). I was surprised that you could purchase these at fairly cheap prices.

A whiteboard for your homeschool room
Luke advising me on the best whiteboard

 


Homeschool planners also help parents organize their time effectively. I found the annual calendar below and thought it would be useful to mark when assignments are due or tasks need to be completed.

Annual Calendar for a Homeschool Room

But, if you don’t want to have your plans up on the board for everyone to see, you might prefer a paper-based journal planner like the one below.

Paper-based journal planner for curriculum planning.


7. Homeschool Room Decorating Ideas

Other than classroom pictures and wall hangings, how else can you decorate your homeschool room?

Lamps make a great addition to the schoolroom as they can help make a cosy and enticing spot to study at night. This is especially relevant to high-school-aged students who will tend to study more at night when their brains are still active.

Lamps for use at night. Many teenagers will study at night so a lamp may be helpful in those situations.

 

A book nook almost makes your homeschoolers want to read piles of books. It’s a great place for home learners to retire as they do independent family reading time or read a chapter of the History textbook. Pick a nice spot by the window and add some fluffy cushions. If you don’t have the right setup for a book nook, a beanbag under the window can suffice to make a comfy warm spot for homeschoolers to park themselves.

A moveable pull-along cabinet on wheels lets you follow the sun around the house. Overly hot or cold environments can make concentration hard, so having the option to take advantage of the sun can help home educated students be more motivated. Store all your bits and bobs in your moveable cabinet and enjoy the sun wherever you sit.

If your children love pets, an aquarium or mouse cage might be just the thing for your homeschool room. Put an aquarium or mouse cage in the corner to keep your homeschoolers company while they study.

 


8. Additions to Organize Your Homeschool Room

Storage containers are an essential item if you want to maintain order in the room. They don’t have to be housed in your homeschool room, but this is useful so you can drop your child’s homework in the box after they’ve finished and think about sorting it out another day.

 Bin for extra paper and other items. Storage containers for a variety of items. Storage containers for a variety of items.

 


 

9. Montessori Home Setup

If you love the Montessori method, you’ll be wanting to incorporate a Montessori style homeschool room. You want to make the area visually attractive and sturdy, using ‘real’ materials where you can (no plastic items). The American Montessori Society says:

Throughout the room, children will be sorting, stacking, and manipulating all sorts of beautiful objects made of a range of materials and textures. Many of these objects will be made of smooth polished wood. Others are made of enameled metal, wicker, and fabric. Also available to explore are items from nature, such as seashells and birds’ nests.

Don’t cram shelves until they’re overflowing. Make things sparse, so children can easily focus on specific objects. In a Montessori homeschool room, it’s okay to get breakable things as children learn from their mistakes and learn to value what can be broken.

 

What materials are in a Montessori Classroom?

While you need to be age-sensitive, these are some of the things in a Montessori classroom:

There are many things you could get for a Montessori classroom. You’ll have to pick your or your children’s favorites or choose age-appropriate items you think they will learn best using. You can see this link for a complete list of Montessori materials.

 

10. Setup a Small Homeschool Room

If you’re about to start homeschooling in a small space and you only have limited options, you can easily make it work. For example, dining room tables make great substitutes for homeschooling rooms. Many parents don’t even have schoolrooms and instead, home learners do all their work on the floor, sofa, or balcony. Some ideas for small homeschooling rooms or small educational spaces include:

  • instead of wall-to-wall bookcases, consider getting a Kindle for your books. As your kids get older and devour more books, you might be grateful you don’t have 100 books for fifth graders when your teenager is graduating.
  • instead of keeping and storing…why not chuck! The freedom of living with no clutter is exhilarating. Google ‘stuff I should throw out in my house’ for ideas where you can minimalize your ‘stuff’.
  • for some homeschool organization ideas for small spaces, look at a store that specializes in small spaces. Even if you can’t afford to buy the stuff, you can DIY some solutions for a small homeschool space.
  • use the great outdoors as your classroom. Spending a lot of time outdoors is a great idea anyway, and you have all the more reason to do it if you have a small homeschool space!
  • when you think about how small your homeschool room is, think about the fact that you’re actually probably incredibly wealthy compared to most people in the world (if you’re in a Western country, you’re probably in the top 2% of wealthy people in the world!). Showing your kids you are happy with less is also a way of modeling humility to your homeschoolers.

 

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Conclusion

Having a great homeschool room setup will help you to organize your thoughts and put you ahead of the game by having material, resources, and supplies you need ready for your family’s educational journey. Many parents can more clearly when they have things organized and in their right spot. This article helps you stay organized and adds a bit of fun to your day when you’re creating your schoolroom at home.

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Rebecca Devitt
Most adults don't particularly want to relive their schooling experience on a daily basis. They would gladly move on to a new life devoid of homework and teachers. Very, very few adults will passionately blog about their schooling some 15 years after graduating. This makes Rebecca Devitt somewhat unique. As it happens, she was homeschooled. And she loved it. Still does. And she wishes every kid could get a taste of homeschooling at its very best. Her website How Do I Homeschool, is a springboard for parents to see what a life of homeschooling could be for both them & their children. When she's not blogging Rebecca is still homeschooling her-adult-self by learning Latin, growing weird vegetables and most importantly looking after her two children Luke & Penny. She has a husband Tristan and is a participant at Wollongong Baptist Church. She's also written a book about why parents should homeschool called 'Why on Earth Homeschool'.
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  1. Thanks so much for the video! It was great! I just started homeschooling in October and I modeled our school room after yours because I loved it so much!

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