They say it’s the little things in life that make all the difference, and that couldn’t be more true for the trusty study nook. The solution to idle corners and the absence of a home office, the study nook makes homes even more functional – and to help you bring one to life, we’ve put the best ideas in one spot.
What is a study nook?
A study nook is a small built-in workspace that makes use of empty spaces and facilitates productivity.
So much more than a buzzword for modern homes, a study nook serves an important purpose for family members of all ages. Use it for homework, paying bills, letter writing – or just surfing the web while dinner cooks.
Think of it as a pint-sized zone of productivity that looks as good as it performs.
11 Amazing Study Nook Ideas For Australian Homes
From kitchen study nooks to hallway and hidden options, we’ve dug up all the inspiration you need to bring your own teeny-tiny workspace to life.
Out Of Sight
Not everyone wants their study nook on display all the time, especially if it’s in a busy area or bedroom. This genius built-in workspace solves the problem with the addition of crisp white-panelled doors. So you can quite literally shut up shop at the end of your workday.
Image: De Rosee Sa
A Nook With A View
From Bryant Alsop’s Powderly project in Brunswick comes a study nook complete with a window seat and a view. It boasts enough bench space for extra computers or monitors and ample shelving for storage and books. Finished off with a plant, green velvet cushion and a mint-hued desk chair, it’s both fresh and inviting.
Image: Bryant Alsop Architects
Kitchen Study Nook
From Elwood House by Matyas Architects comes one of our favourite kitchen study nook ideas. Pared back, yet complementary to the clean white kitchen, it brings warmth and functionality to the space. The wall-mounted monitor frees up desk space and the ample shelving facilitates storage. They really thought of everything here.
Image via: Matyas Architects
Dark And Light
We crushing hard on this contemporary combination of colours featured in the Jannali project by Sydney’s interior experts, The Stables. But it’s not just the clever use of wood with white and dark shades, but the VJ panelling that really brings this nook to life. And can we talk about the proximity to the French-door fridge? Easy snacks!
Image: The Stables
Meeting In The Middle
What a fabulous way to fill an empty space between two sets of wardrobes – and it’s only made better by the fabulous pop of colour the green chair brings. Complete with shelving and a deep desk, this is clean, crisp and inviting.
Image: Kemple Homes
From Bower Architects, this New Modern nook complements the home’s heritage beautifully. The desk is actually big enough for two and features built-in drawers for extra functionality. We love how the space is completed with a mid-century armchair in a matching palette.
Image: Bower Architects
A Dividing Nook
Sometimes it’s not a corner or nook you want to fill with a workspace, but an open area – and that’s just what Ben Callery architects did with the Wakanui Trail house project in Northcote. Not only does this clever nook serve as a room divider, but it brings the family together while capturing the homeowners’ connection with nature.
Image: Ben Callery
While Dinner Is Cooking
A hop, skip and jump from the stove, this inviting little study nook is conveniently positioned within the hub of the house. Shelving provides a space to add decor, while the wooden benchtop pairs seamlessly with the pantry handles and cabinetry.
Image: Schipper Constructions
Freedom is a master of creating inviting spaces and this bedroom study nook is no exception. It’s well-lit, roomy enough for a feature chair and serves as a quiet place to tackle projects. Backed with a mirror for the illusion of more space, it also doubles as a dressing table.
Work Meets Play
Positioned right opposite a pair of beanbags, this playful study nook couldn’t be more perfect for rumpus rooms and second living areas. Shades of blue with wood give it a fresh, coastal vibe and the white backdrop is instantly modern.
Image: Dale Alcock Homes
With just the right amount of moodiness, this spectacular nook is every bit the resort dream. Rather than using shelving, it features sleek cabinets for a clean finish with no clutter. Some study nooks are meant to be discrete, but this is a nook you’ll want to show off!
Image: Zephyr and Stone
Top image via: Dale Alcock Homes
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