Living room

A Simple Yet Functional Study Nook Transformation

You can always count on smart storage and a comfy seating piece

Original Article: Bubbles Salvador and Tala Singson Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions Styling: Tala Singson

Whether it’s a corner for studying, crafts, or reading—a bright and organized nook can contribute to the overall look of your home. Just imagine if you have a cluttered desk or a pile of magazines taking over precious floor space—aside from having an instant eyesore, your house might end up looking cramped as well.

Take inspiration from this study area makeover for a seven-year-old boy. By adding a cabinet and pieces that complement each other, a cohesive look was achieved while giving importance to storage. Here are key points to remember when working on a tiny work or study area at home:

1. Define the area and invest in sleek pieces.

Before getting a redo, the drab corner used to have the basics—a chair, a table, and an extra table to hold various belongings. The addition of the Shiraz Area Rug helped define the space and give it depth. To ensure comfort and a clean look, a wooden chair from AllHome was brought in. The table and chair worked well with the Santo Cabinet. 

Since it's a place for studying and other activities, the multiple drawers came in as a welcome surprise. It can help keep books, school supplies, and even toys organized.

Shiraz Area Rug, P1, 295 | Wooden Chair, P4, 250 | Santo Cabinet, P7, 295

2. Personalize your space.

Prevent clutter by limiting the number of items you'll put on display. If you have a favorite wall art, make it the focal point and hang it up for everyone to see. Meanwhile, those who love collecting figurines may want to choose one piece to highlight. With a clean and organized table, you'd be able to add a lamp as well as get more tasks done easily.

3. Prioritize storage.

Having a neat work area can help you focus and even fuel your creativity. Keep books, pens, supplies, and other must-haves in its proper place with bins, catchalls, desk organizers, and shelves. You can install wall-mounted shelves for books and use plastic organizers to compartmentalize your drawers.

Maximize the space under the table by having stackable bins that you can use to store more books, toys, and other essentials. Push the bins to one side and make sure you have enough legroom.

4. Choose the right lighting.

It's vital to have task lighting in the area to avoid strained eyes. A work or desk lamp can get the job done while still keeping your table chic and neat. You may also want to consider having a wall-mounted lamp to save on space.

Table Lamp, P1, 899.75

5. Have a spot for plants.

Complete the look of your personal corner by adding a potted succulent or faux plants in a pretty vase. It can add a pop of color while giving your nook an invigorating vibe. With these wonders around, you'll feel energized to finish your tasks.

Faux Succulent, P169.75 per piece

All pieces are from AllHome. Click here to learn more.

Read the original article in the October 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

How Much It Costs:

Wooden Chair, Santo Cabinet, Shiraz Area Rug, Painted Wall Art, Philips LED Bulb, Table Clock, Large Woven Storage Basket, Chair Pad in Blue Suede, Faux Succulent, Gray Stone Pebbles, 3M Mounting Tape, Round Clear Glass Vase, Table Lamp, USB Hub - P 18,096
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