Turn That Extra Bedroom Into a Study Room

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DeskYour new Chicago, Illinois, apartment comes with one room that you are not sure what to do with, but it’s not a problem. Everyone needs a place to study or work, and that room can be a perfect fit with a little planning. How can you turn that extra bedroom into a study room and get the most from the space?

Start By Defining the Color

The color palette is the heart of any room, so that’s where you start. The color choice depends on how you intend to use the room. If your goal is a place to study, then think relaxing colors like:

  • Cool Grays
  • Blues
  • Greens

If you are looking for inspiration, think brighter like orange or red.

Plan the Lighting

The next step is to figure out the lighting schematic. It will dictate where you put the different pieces of furniture. Look to see where the electrical outlets are and consider any windows in the room.

If this is a space for relaxation, then a floor lamp provides just the right touch. If you want to work in the room, you might need something brighter like overhead lighting.

Now, About That Furniture

The first thing to consider is if you might still want to use the room as a spare bedroom. If so, you will need a day bed, Murphy bed or sofa sleeper for your Chicago, Illinois, apartment.

Any office or study space needs a sturdy desk, but what style? If you need extra space, maybe a corner desk. If you only intend to use the desk for paying bills, a secretary desk is a chic choice. Standing desks are all the rage right now, too, if you are looking to improve your fitness. Some even come with treadmills.

What Kind of Room Accessories Do You Need?


  • A filing cabinet
  • Bookshelves
  • Chairs
  • A recliner

For the desk, if you will be spending lots of time there, look for something ergonomic to protect your back.

Finally, add some appropriate wall decorations to the room and enjoy your new study space.

If you are looking to expand your living space or are new to Chicago, Illinois, and shopping for an apartment, give our office a call and schedule a tour.

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