New York City School Construction Authority - NYCSCA

A study can be a desk or an entire room. Some studies need only be functional, a place where you can block out distractions and work for hours at a time. Other studies will double as a home office where you can meet clients and co-workers. Whatever your needs, be sure to create a study suited to your purposes and style.

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Personalise to Your Style

A study for the purpose of your own use can be personalised as much as you want, just like embroidered workwear. You can go for neutral colored walls and ceilings or go with outrageous colors and prints. Some people need an orderly and calm environment to work while others will thrive with stimulation. Decorate your study according to your own working style as everybody is different. If however you are sharing the study with other people, be considerate and keep the decor on a neutral tone, much like a public library. You can block outside noise with added insulation on the walls and by hanging heavy curtains on windows. There are also devices that create a white noise that cancels out most disruptive sounds.

Be Aware of Lighting

Light is very important and if you can afford to, let in as much natural light into the study as you can. Natural light helps increase productivity and keeps an upbeat cheerful working mood. If large windows are not practical, set up spot lighting such as study lamps in the room, particularly on the desk. People who do precision work such as drawing can get a special led white light lamp that produces a stronger light while keeping cool and using less energy. Reflectors on the back of the lamps also helps maximise light and saves energy.

Have Functional Storage Spaces

To help keep organised and tidy even in a small study room, create built in storage spaces that have double functions. A couch bed with storage boxes underneath or a long side table with even more storage space under the table surface. Storage cabinets close to the ceiling will allow more storage space while keeping the floors clear for other uses. A ceiling to wall bookcase looks attractive while providing ample storage for book and letters. You can also have specially cut cabinets for a computer or a sound system. It is not advisable however to put in storage under a study table because it reduces space for the legs and feet, causing discomfort if you need to sit at the desk for several hours at a time.

Position Outlets Strategically

For studies with computer and other electrical equipment design your outlets strategically to avoid the often tangled wires on the floor and walls of busy studies. Set an outlet behind the busiest desk so there is no need for the use of extension wires. You can also put in multiple outlets into the wall, like the way they do in Starbucks or in many libraries, to avoid the use of extension wires entirely. Setting up a wifi connection will also remove the need for hardlines.