Deciding where to plant yourself can be deceptively complicated. It should be someplace that’s off the beaten path (read: where your kids or pets won’t walk by you every two minutes) and that’s distraction-free, whether your distraction is the TV, your adorable cats or your waiting-to-be-unloaded dishwasher.
“Most people think, ‘Oh, I’ll go study in the dining room,’” observes interior designer Megan Murray. “Well, that’s often either close to or attached to the kitchen, which is one of the busiest rooms in the house.”
Murray, who earned her Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, is based in Michigan and has more than 15 years of experience in design, much of it for commercial spaces. She urges people to think creatively when deciding where to study.
Do you hit the books when your kids are at school? If so, a child’s bedroom might be a good, distraction-free zone. Do you have a basement, a nook under the stairs or even a spare bedroom? Any quiet, semi-private space can fit the bill.
And if you get antsy after spending too long in any one place, Murray recommends going where your tasks take you. If you need to read for an assignment, you might settle onto the couch. If you need to write a paper or work in a group, you might seek what
Murray describes as a “task posture” with a desk and chair.
After all, Virginia Woolf famously observed that a woman must have a room of her own in order to write fiction. Students may need several rooms in order to study.