How to set up a home study space in your NYC apartment

Since the global pandemic started many people started working or studying from their homes since it’s safer. So now it’s important to set up nicely a home study or home office in your apartment. That can be problematic in NYC since people usually live in smaller apartments because the rent is so high. But that is not a very big obstacle. All you need to do is think ahead, prepare for this project, use a little bit of imagination, and set up a home study space. We will give you some ideas in order to help you get started.

Where to begin?

Start with cleaning and decluttering your whole apartment. This will be great for you and once you get rid of all items you don’t use or need in your place you will have much more space. Then you will be able to see where your home study space will be. If you live on your own then maybe the living room will be a good place but if you have roommates maybe your bedroom will be the best place just because it’s easier and quieter. You need your peace while studying.

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After you are done with decluttering you can focus on finding the perfect sport for your study space.

How to declutter?

Make a list and think about every item. Ask yourself the following questions :

  • Do I need this?
  • Do I use this?
  • When did I used this last (if the answer is over a year ago then maybe you don’t really need this)
  • Will I be needing this ever?
  • Is this functional?

This way you will have a better insight into what you really use. The things that are perfectly fine but you simply don’t need them you can sell. There are even apps for that so you don’t have to go through all that trouble of garage sales. If you have some items that are important for you but you just don’t use them often you can rent a storage space. If you need to put something away the best course is to use climate-controlled storage space so your household items are safe and sound.


Make a list of all the things you need and the things you don’t.

Set up a home study space

Now that you know where it will be it’s important to think about how will you make your study space. Of course, you will be needing a desk. On the desk, you will probably have your pc or laptop. It might be good to incorporate some light. Maybe even make a bookshelf near the table. Adding a rug will make this setup cozier. If you already have all the things you need – great. If not, you are up for some shopping. That can be fun right? If you are looking to stay on the budget may be some big chain furniture stores like IKEA will have some cheap yet quite nice solutions. Or, if you are feeling crafty you can DIY it and save a lot of money. Look for some old desks and pieces of wood to make your own shelves and the desk you can restore, repaint, etc.

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First of all, get all the essentials and then you can start with adding small things.

Decorating your home study space

It’s important to give a little life to your corner. You will be spending a lot of time here. But it’s also important to not overdo it. Having way too many things on your desk will be contra-productive. Adding some small plants can be nice (if you are not great with plants get some succulents they are easy to handle). It’s ok if you want some pictures too, just don’t have too many of them or put them on a wall near the desk. Also, you can add a splash of color to the wall facing your desk just to spice it up. Use colder tones they are supposed to be better for studying and easier on the eyes. Colors like orange or red should be avoided for this project. Pastels are also very nice and calming. You can get some inspiration on Pinterest. Just type home study space and you will get many great ideas.

Starting the process

You will probably have some heavy lifting to do especially if you are moving some items to storage and buying a new table. heavy lifting can be very dangerous for your back, so ask your friends to help you out. An even better solution is to hire professionals to help you out like It’s best to leave the heavy lifting to professionals. They know how to do this safely. Make sure to inform your neighbors about upcoming noise coming from your apartment. Giving them a heads up is the polite thing to do.

Improving your home study space

If you live with a few roommates, you might want to think about soundproofing when you set up a home study space.. This sounds a bit weird at the beginning but having some peace will do wonders for your studying. There are even ways to DIY it and make the place quieter than it was before. Also, there are things you can also do. Adding some essential oils might also be great. Some like to use sound machines to focus. Try adding those little things to improve your home study place. It will pay off later on while you are acing all your tests.

Good luck on your new project, use the advice we just gave you and start planning and preparing for all the hard work you will have on your hands soon enough. Of course, if you want you can always get an interior designer to help you out if all of this sounds like too much work. That way you will just get the space you wanted without any trouble.