Best Back-to-School Products for Comfortable and Organized Studying
Top-notch furniture and accessories for the ultimate homework area
Start getting kids back into school mode by working together to create the ultimate homework and study station. Outfit the space with the coolest new essentials and gadgets, and your little learners just might find themselves enjoying homework time. Here are a few kid-approved picks for smart students everywhere.
This compact all-in-one is a great space-saver for small work surfaces. The clutter-buster provides illumination for all-nighters while keeping pens and pencils at hand. There's even a built-in universal iPod dock and bass boost speakers to make homework time a bit more bearable.
About $60; CSN Stores
Get your kids plugged in with this problem-solving power strip. Traditional surge protectors only have enough space between outlets to accommodate standard plug sizes. But with phones, laptops, MP3 players, and more to power up, it's easy to get blocked by fatter plugs. This clever design puts six outlets on a flexible base so that you can move plugs out of the way as needed.
About $30; Bed Bath & Beyond
Chargers, cables, and cords—oh my! Keep your wires from becoming a jumbled mess with this little organizer. The weighted, flexible rubber holder provides four slots to keep cords from falling to the ground. Consider labeling the wires near each end to prevent unplugging the wrong thing, too.
About $10; Bed Bath & Beyond
This compact refrigerator is a favorite for dorm dwellers. But experts suggest keeping water and healthy snacks at the ready for marathon study sessions at home, too. If space at your homework station allows, consider this fun miniature, which doubles as a dry-erase board for important reminders.
About $99; Target
Ever get stuck in rush-hour traffic or at the dentist's office with your kid in tow? Prepare yourself for homework on-the-go with this clever case, which protects iPads and features a wireless QWERTY keyboard.
About $56; Amazon
No space for a study room? Create an on-demand homework station with this rolling cart. Adjustable height makes it perfect for growing kids.
About $90; Amazon
Waking up for school can be harder than a calculus exam. But before you install an ejector in your kid's bed, try this. It's a combination alarm clock, radio, and iPod dock that comes with a handy bed shaker to tuck under Junior's pillow for an added A.M. jolt.
About $42; Target
Kids are busy these days. Help them keep track of exams, soccer practice, violin lessons, and more with a place to post it all. The bulletin board is a long-lasting adhesive surface that doesn't require push pins and the dry-erase board is a great place for parents to leave reminders. Mounting hardware is included.
About $65; Amazon
Install a custom bulletin board anywhere. Made of natural cork, these versatile squares can transform any wall into a message area or a place to post A+ exams.
About $10 for a pack of 4; OfficeMax
If you're worried that a bedroom study area will keep your kid from sleeping soundly, hide it with this. The divider is also great for dining room or living area study spaces that you might want to cover when you have company. Fun slate-surfaced panels come in handy when helping small kids with lessons and for scribbling reminders.
About $150; Amazon
Technology is a big part of education. Make sure your machine is equipped with enough memory to hold all of your kids data, too. That includes documents, presentations, music, and more. A portable device like this one allows on-the-go students to always have the digital files they need.
About $120; OfficeMax
This durable file holder will take your kid from preschool paintings to college term papers. It's the perfect place to keep papers put away until the end of the school year. The low profile allows the unit to be tucked away just about anywhere.
About $90; OfficeMax
If you're investing in new furniture for your study station, this is as good as it gets. Posture in Style's ergonomically designed desks and chairs promote proper posture to prevent back-pain and fatigue, all while encouraging good penmanship. All of their pieces are adjustable, so they'll grow as your child does. You can create a truly custom space with changeable seat covers and desk system additions.
Visit Posture in Style for custom work station options and pricing.