Fun and easy ideas for setting up an inexpensive, multi-purpose homeschool room that will meet all of your family’s needs. 

homeschool room

Woohoo! We made it! The first week of school is under our belt, and we’re all the better for it. I hope you are all faring as well as we are. With that behind us, I finally have some time to share our newly completed Homeschool Room with you!

Most of our August was spent getting this room ready for occupation the first of the year so that we could begin our home school journey. You can check here for a looks-y view of the before-disaster at where we started. With just paint left, we are so happy with our final result.

The goal: To provide a space that acted as both a family area and a classroom, as well as a craft room.

How to Setup up a Multi-Purpose Homeschool Room for Cheap

The outcome: A sitting area provides a place to read together, watch movies together, and relax and hang-out together. It also doubles as a guest bed when needed.

homeschool room sitting area guest bed
Adding fun pillows and accessories brought whimsy and fun to the futon sofa – it truly is a place we like to spend time in, and fun is what we were going for!

homeschool classroom pillow talk

dedicated desk area provided space for a sewing desk, as well as our family computers. It’s a nice quiet spot that we use for crafting and homeschooling sessions, as well as homework.

homeschool classroom - desk area makeover
Storage was obviously a necessity – we provided inexpensive, not to mention super cute, storage using these file boxes providing hidden, decorative storage for the entire room.

But, the most integral part? The classroom. We started off with a table.

homeschool room - table
The pedestal table was a Goodwill find – it was a steal at $49.99. It was a tad bit beat up, filthy and nicotine stained, and came with a cigarette burn (or two!). After a good sanding, two coats of Zinsser,  a coat of paint and a thorough cleaning, it is perfect for our classroom. It’s sturdy, small enough for the room, but large enough to accommodate all of our needs. It’s a great cutting table, crafting table.. well, you get the picture. The chairs were our old dining chairs. After a coat of Rustoleum, in black satin, they quickly became our new classroom seats! After meeting the basics, we were on to necessary accessories.
homeschool room how to make a chalkboard
A large, framed chalkboard sits upon one wall. The frame was another Goodwill find. We made an instant chalkboard by applying chalkboard paint to a piece of hardboard then inserting into a large frame, painted Rustoleum’s Gloss Apple Red. 
homeschool classroom - writing materials
I gave this fun tray a makeover with Rustoleum Lagoon, added a few containers to catch-all, and now have a super functional desk supply caddy. I attached felt to the bottom to protect the table finish, as it often is moved around the table to make room for projects, or moved closer for easier reach. It is so nice to have everything at arms reach and know exactly where to find what I need!

homeschool classroom - wall eisle

We also added an easel of sorts, using binder clips and hardboard attached to picture hangers and then to the wall – the place the art magic happens. A small decorative shelf acts as a paint or supply tray, and a hook to the side stores Ayden’s art smock and paint palette, that he picked out himself.

homeschool calendar area

Our calendar/bulletin board area is made up of both cork and foam board, with various printables and pieces from numerous places. A small side table and chair act as storage and seating during circle time.

homeschool classroom - pillow story time

Large floor pillows and a basket full of books provide an instant reading nook.

homeschool classroom - art frames

And finally, framed cork boards, painted to coordinate, provide a space to show off artwork, creating an instant gallery wall. They were painted using Rustoleum Lagoon, Apple Red, and Fire Orange.

homeschool room for cheap

We set out to create a happy, relaxed space, that sparks creativity, and supports learning, and managed to accomplish something pretty close to that. I take that as a win! I know our family will be able to enjoy this room for many years to come – once it’s painted, of course. Thanks for following along on our journey!


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  1. Susie Jax on September 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Wow what a beautiful class room! I think its fantastic. Wish I had one like that! I am stopping by today from Made U Look Blog hop! I look forward to a visit at

  2. Kim Young on September 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Susie! Thank you, thank you and thank you! I'm on my way over to your blog right now!

  3. Cindy deRosier on January 2, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Love it!

  4. Savannah Pitman on February 13, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you so much for this idea! Every once in a while, I will print of school work pages, so my little brother can get help, and be ahead of everyone else in school, and I’ve always needed a little space to do it with him. Now, I’m going to use this idea in the corner of my living room, and he will enjoy it alot more! I always have to persuade him too do this, but now, I won’t have too! I really want to be a teacher when I grow up, and doing what I do with my brother helps me be better at my hope to be future job. Once again, thank you so much!!!

    • Kim on February 13, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Savannah! The room was a lot of fun to put together and my son loved having his own space. What a GREAT sister you are to help your brother out like that – I have no doubt that you’ll be a fabulous teacher someday! And thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

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