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DIY Wood Crate Shelves + Creating a Home Study Area for Your Kids

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DIY Wood Crate Shelves + Creating a Home Study Area for Your Kids

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When a child makes the plunge to online learning, parents should consider upgrading their home’s study station. Since your child will be using it full time for school work, it’s important for the study station to be easy to use, comfortable, appropriate for all types of learning, and of course, appealing.

Creating a virtual study area for your kids

Creating a Home Study Area for Your Kids

My kids do not attend school online full-time, but my daughter Vayda will be enrolled in summer school virtually this year.  Since she will be attending summer school online, I wanted to make sure I could provide her with a good study area to focus on her work.  I partnered with Connections Academy, a provider of full-time online public school for grades K-12, on this sponsored post and together we developed a list of a few things to do to support learning at home.

1.) Cut Out Distractions

My daughter Vayda is easily distracted, so this is often one of the first areas I work on. Kids are easily distracted from the things they see and hear around them, and may find it difficult to concentrate if they are in a high-traffic area of your home. To avoid distractions, find a perfect spot where your kids can take the time they need for their work, making sure that the study space is located in a nice quiet area of the house with no clutter on the walls or on the desk. A quiet study space will allow your child to efficiently focus on their school work.

diy wood crate shelves for your kids virtual learning space

2.) Think Storage

Don’t forget to think about storage areas around your child’s study space. Your child will need space to keep all their school supplies — from notebooks and calculators to pencils and textbooks. Supplies should be located around the study space, where they are ideally out of the way, but still easy to access.  I have tried several different storage ideas, and so far, wooden crate shelves (pictured below) are by far my favorite. Not only are the shelves appealing to the eye, but they also hold a decent amount of supplies, can be easily rearranged, and fit just about anywhere in the home.  Oh, and they are affordable and super easy to make!

Quick & Easy DIY Crate Shelves

These wood crate shelves are super easy and a storage solution that you can put together in no time, without any tools.  A huge plus for me, as I can never find my tools!


DIY Wood Crate Shelves

To make the wood crate shelves, you’ll need the following:

  • 5-6 wood crates
  • Wood glue (optional depending on how you stack them)

wood crate shelves


  • To assemble, just rearrange the wooden crates however you like, making sure they are sturdy.  If you choose to stack the crates high, you might consider using wood glue, just to be on the safe side.

computer3.) Get the Right Equipment

As you know, the right tools are a necessity as far as learning is concerned. Because your child will be taking advantage of online learning, they will need a good computer. A helpful tip is to make sure all software is up-to-date and updated regularly.

I like to have a chalkboard or dry-erase board on hand. My kids love working problems out on the chalkboard, so my husband and I created one for the kids. All we did was use chalkboard paint to paint one wall, and the kids now have their very own chalkboard!  It’s been used a lot too. I recently added the dry erase board, and while it hasn’t got much use yet, the kids are going to love using it this summer.


 4.) Keep Comfort Top of Mind

Sitting for extended periods of time not only isn’t good for us, but it’s also hard to do. That being said, you may want to consider a standing/sitting desk for your child’s study space. Styles vary from stationary surface areas to floating standing desks that can transition from sitting to standing easily. The desk that we chose is great! It moves up and down so that your children can stand or sit depending on their mood. I’ve noticed that my children like to stand up most of the time, which is great for me –  they seem to be more focused when they are standing.

5.) Stay Flexible

It’s nice to change things up now and then, rather than have your child work solely from a computer monitor. As an alternate option, you can use an e-reader or laptop if you have one, so your child has a little flexibility. It can also be helpful to print some assignments out so your child can work using a pen and paper.

There are so many things you can do to make sure your child’s virtual learning area meets all of their needs. I’m sure I’ll be making changes, but I think our current set-up will work great to get us started. I’m excited to see how Vayda does with her online summer school … if she does well, we just might consider New Mexico Connections Academy, Connections Academy’s online public school that serves students in grades 4-12 in New Mexico, for the following school year.

fun kids homework table6.) Leave Room for Their Favorite Subject

A balance of work and play is essential for virtual learning. Since Vayda’s favorite subject is art, I couldn’t help but to move our old homework table into the new virtual study space for her. The kids love this DIY Chalkboard Homework Table, and it serves as a nice break throughout the day. Instructions to make the table can be found in the link below.

DIY Chalkboard Homework Table.

New Mexico Connections Academy

For families considering virtual school, New Mexico Connections Academy is a tuition-free online public school that serves students in grades 4-12. The school gives students the flexibility to learn at home while helping reach their academic goals through an individualized online learning program.

I’m excited for Vayda to start summer school online! In the past, we have had to cancel trips and work our schedule around summer school, but not this year. Online school gives students who need an alternative to the traditional classroom the flexibility to learn from home and on the road, so we can enjoy our vacations with no interruptions.

Connections Academy provides high-quality curriculum for students to explore and master core subjects such as math, social studies, language arts, and science. Students have the opportunity to discover a range of electives, courses for the gifted and talented, and customized learning plans. Oh, and not to worry, they are committed to meeting the state’s standards for academic achievement and accountability. The school uses a variety of tools to track students’ progress and meet public school testing requirements such as online and offline assessments, parent interviews, as well as regular follow-up evaluations during the year. Additionally, Connections Academy involves parents in their child’s learning, as it can lead to improved grades, better test scores, greater enrollment in post-secondary education and better graduation rates.

I love the customized learning children can get with Connections Academy and I think this is something Vayda needs. I mean, let’s face it, students do their best when they get to do things they are interested in and able to do. To learn more visit ConnectionsAcademy.com.

This is a sponsored post written by myself for Connections Academy.  


I have a smart mouth, don't sit still well, extremely opinionated, have a lot to say, work hard, love lots, don't have time for drama, or negativity. I love animals, & my job as a New Mexico mom blogger! I love sharing travel adventures, tech gadgets, recipes, parenting struggles (success), crafts, helpful tips, giveaways and sweepstakes, product reviews, and more.  I have amazing 4 children, and have an amazing boyfriend. On my downtime, you'll find me spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, geeking out on tech, plotting the next home improvement, create crafts with the kids, and riding my horses We are plotting our move to greener pastures, with trees, and stuff. Connect with me on Google + Page.

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  1. kflickinger73 November 6, 2017

    I love this idea and I am sure the kids love it. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Miranda Wood September 18, 2017

    I have been dying to do my north wall all in crates. Books, nick knacks, pictures, crafts that I’m working on. Oh the possibilities.

  3. Linda Manns Linneman July 3, 2017

    This is such a great idea. I know my grandchildren are easily distracted. I love the crate idea. Thank you for sharing

  4. Calvin F. June 28, 2017

    Very nice work area. I like the spacious and simple design.

  5. Charlotte May 30, 2017

    Love the tip about painting one wall with chalkboard paint.

  6. perkysusan May 16, 2017

    Really love those wood crates – they work great and are very good for a child areas.

    I just want to add a little word of caution that if you use wood glue, you should be working outside or in a well ventilated area as the glue can cause headaches and other problems. Also, after using the glue keep the crates in another area for a couple of days to eliminate any fumes.

    1. Jenn May 26, 2017

      OMG yes, they work great for just about everything! I made a table out of them not long ago it’s on the blog

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