How to Decorate a Study Table


If you or any of your children are trying to study, you know that having a designated place to work without a lot of distractions is a necessity. Even if you don't have the space to create a full study room, you can create a study area with a table, chair and some well-chosen accessories. If the study table is in a public area, such as a living room, choose accessories that coordinate with the rest of the room so that the table doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise nice-looking space.

Things You'll Need

  • Desk lamp
  • Desk blotter
  • Office supply storage
  • Bookends
  • Bulletin board
  • Trash can
  • Place a desk lamp on the table. The lamp should be bright enough to offer light for reading and studying without contributing to eye strain. A traditional banker's lamp with a green shade is a classic choice, but any small lamp that coordinates with the room decor is appropriate.

  • Add a blotter to the desk. Home decor retailers and office supply stores offer blotters in multiple styles. A fabric or leather blotter adds a decorative touch to the room, but a plain paper blotter is inexpensive and offers a space for making notes or doodling.

  • Provide storage for pens, pencils and other supplies. An office organizer with multiple compartments keeps everything neat and tidy, but if space is limited, a simple container to hold writing instruments is sufficient. Look for a holder to coordinate with the blotter, or use a plain glass vase. Fill the vase with dried beans to support the pens and add a decorative touch. Baskets that hold paper, files or writing equipment can also complement the decor in a room.

  • Stack useful books on the desk. A dictionary, thesaurus and any required manuals for term papers, such as the Chicago or MLA manual, are useful additions to the study table decor. Use decorative bookends to hold the books upright.

  • Hang a bulletin board over the study table, if appropriate. A combination cork board, white board and calendar can help keep you organized and on top of deadlines. Frame the bulletin board to give it a finished look.

  • Place a trash can near the study table. Purchase a small can that coordinates with the other accessories on the table.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the study table is in a dining room, living room or other public room, add a basket or other container where study materials can be stashed when they're not in use. The container can be moved to another location to keep the study table neat and tidy.
  • In general, a study table should be clear of unnecessary clutter. Keeping the table clear helps you focus on studying and keeps your books and supplies organized.

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