How to Incorporate a Study Nook in Your Custom Joinery
If we’ve learned anything over the past two years, it’s the importance of having a good work-from-home set-up. For those who don’t have a dedicated home office, it can be hard to try and incorporate a dedicated space to set up your computer.
Then there’s the matter of finding a desk that offers the storage and surface area you need, that also fits into the space you have available. Easier said than done!
With flexible working set to stay, it’s time to reevaluate that makeshift workspace at the kitchen table and plan for a long-term solution that meets your needs. Creating a dedicated study nook with custom joinery means you can create a workspace to suit you, maximising every inch of space available without encroaching or disrupting other zones in the house.
Here’s how you can incorporate a study nook into your own home.
Choose the right location
As you’ll potentially spend a lot of time working from your study nook, it’s important to tick off some basic needs when choosing its location.
You’ll want an area that has access to natural light and ventilation. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a dark corner, that’s overheated in summer and freezing in the winter.
Depending on who will be using the study nook most, you may want to build it in a quieter room like a bedroom, where noise from communal areas won’t carry (especially if your work involves a lot of meetings, or time spent on the phone). If you have young kids on the other hand, a study nook close to the kitchen and living area means you can easily multitask when required. Primary-school-aged children might also use this study nook for their homework, where you can easily supervise while cooking.
Keep it all in proportion
Once you’ve decided on a spot for your study nook, it’s time to bring out the measuring tape and take some measurements for your custom joinery. If you’re currently working from a desk, you can use this as a reference as you go.
Things like optimal height can be subjective, but we generally recommend placing your desk at around 750mm up the wall.
When it comes to depth, we wouldn’t recommend going any shallower than 500mm. A general rule of thumb is that the bigger your computer screen is, the deeper this should be – make sure you have ample room to set up your monitor/s, a keyboard, mouse and any other accessories or notepads you’ll use during the workday.
The length of your bench is really up to you – depending on where you’re installing your study nook and how many of you generally work from home, you might want to accommodate for two seats. Leave at least 800mm for each seat, ideally wider if you have the space. Don’t forget to factor in room for your seat to pull out as well, without impacting the room around it.
Optimise your storage
An added benefit of installing a study nook with custom joinery is that you can create extra storage space in the same material.
While you might not otherwise want to break up a space with shelves or cabinetry, when placed above a workbench this extra storage can actually help to tie the whole space together.
The type of storage you want to opt for – drawers, cupboards, shelves – is completely up to you, and might be influenced by where your study nook is going.
If you’re creating a nook in a smaller space, then installing overhead cupboards might make the room feel even more cramped. Open shelves on the other hand draw the eye upwards, and can make for a style statement at the same time.
Power your workstation
Lastly, think about the devices you use or need access to while working, and make sure you include the electrical infrastructure in your custom joinery to accommodate them.
Powerpoints can be easily concealed either in the wall or on the benchtop, with the option of adding USB ports for handheld devices. You may also want to include powerpoints in your cupboards, for printers or laminators that you don’t want on display.
If your study nook doesn’t get enough natural light, you can also add in a downlight or pendant to brighten the workspace. Strip lighting underneath overhead cupboards can also help to illuminate your desk, and create ambience in the room.
And there you have it! A customised workstation that will make working from home all the more enjoyable for you and your family. If you’d like to create a study nook in your home, let us help – we specialise in custom joinery for all rooms of the home. Get in touch with us for a no-obligation quote here.