My living room is extra long one direction, so we bought a sectional couch and don't have it against a wall on one side. As you walk in my front door, you are basically in the "school room"... you have to walk past the couch to get into the "living room"... (although they are one room)
In that area, there are three pantries lined up with school things against the far wall as you walk in the door. They are only spaced about an inch apart, so it's a "wall" of school pantries. (simple screw together kind from walmart, dark cherry wood look)
in front of those, facing the wall is a cute little student desk with a whiteboard cover. Abby really loved this ($5.00 find) and it was well worth the investment just to get her excited.
There is also a very petite oval kitchen table that we use as the teacher's desk and a place where I have bins to store library books. We keep out the main calculator, hole punch, stapler, a cup of pens/pencils. I also have a morning board propped on either her desk or mine, and a few small whiteboards and clip boards.
We have three bean bag chairs that get stored in front of the pantries because it keeps the baby from being able to get into my pantries.
I have one dry erase board on the wall, but we have yet to use it for much.
Technically, we don't really "school" back there, but it's where we keep it all, and my daughter does like to use her little desk for tracing her letters and doing her little do-it-herself worksheets.
Yes and No. We have a full "classroom" but we don't use it all that often. The kitchen table is really better and closer to the sink for our science projects. The couch is really just better for our reading time. The porch is just do much better for our out of control big giant history projects (like building a castle). The back yard works better for our astronomy lessons. The livingroom floor just has enough extra space for our math manipulatives.
Not really. We do most "together work" at the dining room table, but we read in the living room or on the comfy chair in DS' room. The white board and anything wall hang related to school is in the hallway. I'm not one who would be okay with homeschool and materials taking over the entire house, lol, so I try to keep all materials streamlined and in a place where they can easily be placed back on their shelves.