Nothing bums a kid out like coming home after a hard day at school and having to crack open the books and start their homework. And if homework is done in a common area like the kitchen (where help with geometry and snacks are on hand), noise and other distractions can make it hard to focus. We tackle this scholastic conundrum in the latest episode of Smart Simple Solved by creating a Homework Carrel that makes the grade. It’s covered in chalkboard paint so there’s plenty of room to work out problems, and a bulletin board and other pockets store supplies. Watch the episode for more tips on how to create a great homework spot that doesn’t invade your eating space, and top marks if you make a carrel just like this — it’s easy!