Use a contrasting color to define a homework niche in the family room to make it feel like its own distinct area.
— David Eisen, principal at Abacus Architects + Planners

 Incorporate mailbox-like slats in kitchen built-ins for school notices and permission slips.
Jill Litner Kaplan , designer

 Large European-sized square pillows in a down/polyester mix and upholstered in a thick material are the perfect firmness to lean against on a bed.
Christine Tuttle , designer

 Electrify desk and night stand drawers with USB ports and 10-foot cords.
Heather Vaughan , designer

 If custom built-ins are beyond your budget, opt for semi-custom modules from companies like Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen, and Ballard Designs.
Elizabeth Benedict, designer

 For an affordable DIY desk, buy a piece of wood at The Home Depot, help your child stain it, and prop it up on metal file cabinets from Craigslist.
Julieann Covino , designer

 Offer a balance ball instead of a chair and consider a standing desk, or better yet, a standing desk with a treadmill.
— Elizabeth Lowrey, principal and director of interior architecture at Elkus Manfredi Architects

 Hang an extra-large monitor or flat-screen television in your workspace so kids can project and practice multimedia presentations at home.
Kelly Taylor, designer

— Marni Elyse Katz

View Article