Create a Study and Reading Corner for Your Teenager

Every teenager needs a quiet corner where they can read and do their homework in peace - a multifunctional space where they can study, practise, and let their creative juices flow.
Create a Study and Reading Corner for Your Teenager

Last update: 28 January, 2021

A teenager’s bedroom doesn’t just need to be somewhere they can get a good night’s sleep. As they get older, they’ll also need a study and reading corner. Most schoolwork requires students to spend long hours shut in their room with their nose buried in a book, so it makes sense for your teenager to have somewhere comfortable to work.

In order to create a space where your child can concentrate and study effectively, you’ll need to pay attention to the little details and make the most of all the available space.

Creating a study and reading corner: the aim

When it comes to making a study and reading corner for your teenager, your aim should be to design a space that is both practical and comfortable to ensure they can get the most out of their study time. Try to create an area that is:

  • Functional
  • Organized
  • Attractive
  • Versatile
A teenager's bedroom.

Versatility is an important factor when it comes to creating a space that is designed for one specific activity. That way, if you ever decide to use that area for something else in the future, it will be much easier to redecorate.

Because teenagers spend large amounts of time in their bedrooms, it’s best to make sure they have a space that can adapt to their needs and ideas. After all, they are at a stage where they need to be free to express themselves and their creativity.

A step-by-step guide to creating a study and reading corner

  1. Arrange the furniture so that you have as much open space as possible. This will be important when it comes to organizing all the additional elements in your study area.
  2. Be assertive. Instead of placing the bed underneath the window, place the desk there instead. After all, darkness is essential for a good night’s sleep.
  3. Look for elements that can help separate the different areas of the room. Though they don’t need to be decorated in exactly the same way, every section needs to be clearly defined.
  4. Avoid overfilling the space with decorative objects. While being able to personalize a space is important, adding too many elements can be counterproductive when it comes to trying to read or study.
  5. Buy multi-functional furniture. For example, a wall-mounted fold-out desk is a great way to save space.
  6. Invest in comfort. A good chair, a pouf, several cushions, a soft, thick rug, and even a rocking chair will help your teenager feel more at home, and ready to hit the books.
  7. Don’t forget about lighting. As well as the main ceiling light, you could also buy a desk lamp so they don’t strain their eyes.
A reading corner.

Other aspects to consider

If you don’t have much space, you could simply add a small or medium-sized pouf, a rug, and a floor lamp to create a mini-study and reading corner, choosing colors and textures to match the rest of the decor.

It’s also important to think about how your child likes to study. Some prefer to sit at a desk, while others like to sit back in an armchair. Some may even choose to lie on their stomachs, either on the floor or on the bed.

A study and reading corner.


If you’re short on ideas, you can find many photos of incredible reading corners on social media. They are almost always located close to windows with incredible views out onto the surrounding landscape. If that weren’t enough, they are often equipped with stunning furniture, accessories, and all the luxuries you could ask for.

While these photos are great sources of inspiration, try not to get too caught up trying to recreate what you see on social media. It’s easy to feel disappointed when things don’t turn out exactly like what you saw online. However, the idea isn’t to copy these designs to the letter, but simply to use the basic ideas as a rough guide.

And last, but definitely not least, remember to get your child involved in decorating their study and reading corner. This will motivate them to take more responsibility for their own school work.