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kid’s Homeschool Playroom Design Idea

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We moved into this house when I was very pregnant with our third daughter, and one of the main reasons was to give each girl a room of her own. Fast forward to adding a fourth daughter to the family, and now all four would rather share a room for nightly sister sleepovers! While I absolutely love that about their special little bond, it made for an unused bedroom that took the natural next steps into becoming a total dump zone for junk. We recently cleaned it out and gave it a new purpose with this kid’s homeschool playroom design idea today! We kept it simple and practical, and they seem to love it already! *Note: this post contains affiliate links.

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I wanted to make sure we left most of the space open for them to play and have fun together since that’s one of the two purposes of the combo homeschool/playroom space. This small sofa [HERE] was under $300 and will hold up to possible stains and tough wear by the girls. I loved the look and couldn’t beat the price! We grabbed a couple of natural fiber poufs [HERE] to use instead of a coffee table so that they could easily be moved (or played with!) when creativity sparks! The framed rainbow print [HERE] adds a touch of playful whimsy to the space, too.

diy desk four chairs kids space

For the school area, Russell put together this simple DIY desk using three 2 x 6’s using a Kreg jig and brackets. A couple coats of paint and Minwax polycrilic, and it was good to go for school time! We grabbed this set of four chairs [HERE] when they were 40% off, and I love the look and durability for this kid-friendly space. They are kinda pricey when not on sale, so I don’t think I would have gone for them otherwise, but I’m loving how they go with the space! The lights are not hardwired; they have little battery-operated puck lights adhered inside with Command strips! We didn’t want to have an electrician come out to hardwire, so this was the next best option.

homeschool space for kids

The bunny pillows [HERE] and little toy bins [HERE] complete the space, and it’s honestly so nice to have a purpose for this room. It’s a good problem to have that we ended up with a spare room, I realize, and now it feels like it can really add another “zone” for our kids to be while we are all spending so much time at home together. Hope this kid’s homeschool playroom design idea might be helpful for someone out there looking to make your space work for the season of life we’re all in right now, and for a couple more kid’s space ideas, click [HERE] for a farmhouse playroom idea and [HERE] for their double bunkbed room!


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  1. Christine Brown says:

    This space is so calm and inspiring!

  2. Jeanne says:

    Oh this space is perfect Erin! It’s sweet, functional, and I just adore it! 💛 The desk came out so good and a great place to learn or just color and craft for your girls!

  3. Robin Alexander says:

    This is such a darling space that incorporates work and play, and even for the tiniest!! Love the lights over each chair! Adorable as always!!

  4. Laura Hopkins says:

    I just Love it. I Bet the Girls love it too.

  5. Lisa says:

    The school/play room looks awesome!! Great use of the space

  6. Paige says:

    So, so, so adorable 😍. Great space for learning and creativity!

  7. Rayobella says:

    It looks so good!! I love it! 😍

  8. Jet Green says:

    It’s wonderful! I’ll bet the girls love it. 💚

  9. Aline Miller says:

    Looooove this space! Lucky girls! 🙂

  10. Emma E says:

    Adorable room! You are so smart to use the puck light trick instead of hiring an electrician. Love the brass chandelier, I just need to decide if I want it in brass or black. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Natalie Loveland says:

    What a perfect space! Love the desk area, simple yet spacious enough for all 4 girls. It’s lovely Erin.

  12. debbie hosaflook says:

    Again, I just love how you and Russell work together to do projects in and for your home and family. what lucky gals to have such an awesome classroom and playroom. Perfectly functionable and still really stylish and inviting for anyone!!!! Great job Erin and RUssell and thanks so much for showing the end results!!!!!

  13. Deanna says:

    I must have missed it, but how do you like the couch from Walmart? It’s such a nice style so I hope it works out!

    • Erin | Cotton Stem says:

      We’ve only had it in here a couple days, but I am hopeful bc it’s darker (stain hiding) and pretty sturdy!

  14. Cindy says:

    It’s perfect for the space you have! I love the desk area with the lights!! So cute! And that couch is so pretty!!

  15. Noël says:

    This is so cute! I love those bunny pillows. I bet the girls will love sharing but also having their own little spaces at the desk.

  16. Molly Copeland says:

    Love it! It turned out so good!

  17. Rachel says:

    I love love LOVE everything about this room! 😍
    Nice work!

  18. marms says:

    Turned out really nice!!! good sleepover room for some of us, ha!

  19. Katie Cochran says:

    This turned out so good!! I’m actually jealous of the girls. Always love to see what you come up with!

  20. MorganP says:

    This is so adorable!!!!

  21. Rendi says:

    That looks adorable Erin and very practical. I love how they each have their own cork boards. Perfect.

  22. Rebekah says:

    I love it so much! The sconces are genius and really bring it all home!

  23. Rochelle says:

    Perfection as always 🤤😍 He did great on the desk! I assumed that tool was more pricey!

  24. Susan Meyer says:

    You have such great taste and style

  25. Nikki Donahoo says:

    This is amazing, Erin! Your girls are so blessed by your intentionality and love for them!! Thanks for sharing your gift of design and mommying and being YOU with us!

  26. Tawana says:

    Wow, wow! It turned so nice. Love it so much.

  27. Rachel Sudduth says:

    I love the transformation! So adorable❤

  28. Andrea Kornowski says:

    Wow really turned out great!! Love the lights! I love the idea of using puck lights 🤯 praying for a blessed school year 💕

  29. Mati says:

    This is so beautiful! Fun yet grownup!!!❤️

  30. Michelle says:

    This is a great use of this room. I can see a lot of learning happening here!

  31. Alyson says:

    This came out so cute!

  32. Heather says:

    Can’t wait for you to post them using this space elbow to elbow! They are so blessed to have each other and two awesome parents!

    Have a great school year!

  33. Aurora says:

    This is soo beautiful and so functional! Love it!

  34. Nicole DiGiuseppi says:

    I love it! Will be a great space for the girls – you and Mr Stems are so creative!

  35. BEcca P says:

    We call our dump room “the room of requirement” ala Harry Potter…yours is adorable!!!

  36. Michelle says:

    The bunny pillows are the PERFECT touch! I think it completes the room. Does your oldest fit well in the kid size chairs?

  37. Kayla says:

    This room turned out so beautiful!! Absolutely love this space!!

  38. Christine Stroer says:

    Love the kids play/work room. what board did you use for the desk top?

    • Christine says:

      Your schoolroom inspires me. I am changing my computer room to a playroom for my three grandsons. How did you attach the lights on the wall since they are not hardwired?

  39. Faith M says:

    How wide is the 4 person desk?

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