Create The Ultimate Study Space & Make Homework (Relatively) Fun

Necessary disclaimer: We love school, you should definitely do your homework, and education is extremely important. But ahhhhhh, it can also be a drag sometimes.
Sitting on a hard library chair at two in the morning as your vision slowly blurs? Not fun. In fact, it's scientifically proven to be miserable. On the other hand, unless you're some kind of superhero whose special power is not needing to take three to four naps per day (that's normal, right?), you know doing work in your bed is impossible. So, what's the happy medium?
Create your own perfect (upright) study space! Whether you're plopping down in an academic building or carving out a productivity nook at your dorm-room desk, we've got all the tips and tricks you need to make studying fun.
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Decorate Your Desk

This is for the homebody-turned-student, or maybe just the type who's way too easily distracted by friends to deal with a public study space. Your personal desk can be productive and pretty — you're going to look up from your textbook every once in a while, so why not have something fun to look at?

Expedit Workstation, $119.99, available at IKEA.
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This rug asks so nicely, you won't be able to say no.

2x3 Rug, $19, available at Urban Outfitters.
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It's like a garden for your computer!

USB Tulip Hub, $24, available at Fred Flare.
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If your desk faces a wall, hang a large print or hi-def photo that's calming or inspirational to you. Also try taping magazine clippings directly on the edges of your desk!

Painted Desert Print, $40, available at Wild Wilderness.
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If you're like us, you lose pencils constantly, so make sure you have an accessible way to keep them all in one place.

Besom Holder, $68, available at Anthropologie.
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Don't skimp on the chair. If you have funds to go for a little extra something, this is definitely the place to spend it.

Traditional Guest Chair in Oxblood, $129.99, available at Target.
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If you have a larger chair, a pillow makes it look inviting and, obviously, keeps you comfy while you learn.

Double Chevron Pillow Cover, $55, available at Au Retour.
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Make Lounging Productive

If you're not nap-prone, there's no reason you can't study and lounge at the same time. The trick is not to overdo it. Use lots of pillows to keep yourself propped up; and rather than sitting on your bed, go for a big, comfy chair.

Modern Chair, $349, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Make sure your blanket is comfortable, but not so warm or plush that it'll put you to sleep.

Bentley Throw, $79, available at Zara Home.
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Keep a clock close by, so you don't lose track of time.

Colored Metal Clock, $14, available at West Elm.
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A hard surface will keep you from losing — or sitting on — your papers.

Bamboo Lap Desk, $32, available at Overstock.
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Keep the essentials in your backpack for an impromptu study sesh. Make sure it's big enough to store anything and everything, and cute enough that you never want to put it down.

Jas MB Oversized Backpack, $413.37, available at ASOS.
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A planner is a no-brainer, but if you're not organized enough to update it, a blank notebook can easily accomodate your random stream of thoughts, reminders, and ideas.

Anve Notebook, Medium, available at Need Supply.
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Once again, keeping your odds and ends (like pencils, erasers, or USB drives) in one place is crucial. These boxes come in a larger size for your desk and a small, postcard-sized version for your backpack.

Set Of 4 Birch Storage Boxes, $29.95, available at CB2.
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Why not throw something fun in that pencil case — for a much-needed mini study break!

Predict-A-Pen, $7.95, available at Z Gallerie.