As summer wraps up and fall creeps in, the back-to-school season is now in full force. Are you thinking of updating your kid's study room, or maybe even creating a whole new one? The garage is a great space for this project.

Here's an opportunity for a unique renovation as the school year kicks off. Let your kids join in for a fun, family bonding experience. We've come up with a few pointers that will help get you started.

The Backdrop to a Study Oasis

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Insulation

The garage is a cool place for your teen to hang out or study. But come winter, it might get a little too cool. Check your garage insulation—and be sure to get a garage door with a high R-value rating if you live in areas that are prone to cold winters.

We recommend our Wayne Dalton Classic Steel Garage Door 8300-8500 because of its high insulation rating of R-14. This is one of our best insulated garage doors which will help regulate the temperature in the study space, so it's not too cold during the winter or hot during the summer.

Flooring

Carpet flooring makes the space cozier and more comfortable. Hardwood floors, on the other hand, offer a sophisticated touch, but are more expensive. Even a simple rug under the desk can up the comfort level.

Lighting

Natural light has many health benefits, aside from the daily dose of Vitamin D. It also promotes productivity, helps reduce eye strain, and boosts your overall mood. Ask your nearest garage door specialists about window accents, and frosted or tinted options for your garage door, to let natural daylight in while maintaining privacy.

Colour

Blue, green, red, and yellow are the best paint shades for study or homework spaces. These colours can improve your teen’s mood, while stimulating productivity and energy levels. A good tip is to just paint one accent wall behind your kid’s desk.

Study Essentials

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Desk

A functional desk makes all the difference when studying. Make sure that your teen’s desk is the right fit for his or her size. To promote good posture, the desk should be high enough so that his/her feet are firmly on the ground. Also, get a desk with a lot of storage space to organize all your kid’s study materials in one place.  

Chair

When it’s exam season, your teen will be spending a lot of time in the space—primarily sitting. Opt for a good quality, ergonomically correct chair. Get a sturdy model that has a dense seat pan, adjustable mesh back, headrest, and armrest. It’s important to look for a chair that has good lumbar support to avoid back strain when sitting for long periods of time.

Decoration

Just because a room is for studying doesn’t mean it should be absolutely bare and quiet. Maximize wall space by installing long shelving units for books. Let your teen add his/her own flair to the study room by having him/her choose his/her own decorations. By adding his/her own style and personality to the study room, your teen will feel more motivated and relaxed when spending time in that space.

Do you have questions about garage door insulation ratings and window accent options? Ask your nearest Creative Door branch or contact our garage door specialists.

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