by: Claire Andreas for InteriorCrowd
January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016
As more and more Americans work from home each year, home offices are becoming more of a necessity in design. However, not every telecommuter has an extra room in their home to turn into a fabulous home office. It is very easy to carve out a workspace in an extra bedroom or den, but what if all the rooms in your home are already accounted for? Or maybe you find yourself in a studio apartment with no other rooms at all?
There is no need to fret! The right design elements can help you carve out a functional working space that you will love no matter your current living situation.
Take an inventory of your house and ask yourself some important questions:
Even after you consider the questions, you may be limited to only one or two places that can still seem less than ideal. That’s okay. Find your nook, and then make the best out of the situation.
Just because a space is not traditionally used as an office does not mean that it cannot be transformed into one. A closet may be intended to hold clothes and linens, but it could be a great home office option. Transforming a closet into an office can be a helpful use of space since it is already set out from the room it belongs to. You won’t be cutting into any bedroom space. Bonus: when you are through with your workday, just roll your chair aside and close the closet door. This will help you separate your work life from your personal life.
When there is not a lot of floor space, find yourself some wall space. Utilizing vertical space will increase your office size without creating a larger footprint. This desk unit from West Elm provides an extra three shelves to hold office supplies, books, small electronics, and any other necessary items. You could set a small file cabinet right next to the unit for more storage and place a printer on top. This vertical office space could become all the office you need and can fit in a living room, bedroom, kitchen, or even certain hallways.
It may feel difficult at times to work from home without a dedicated office room, but a little design help can help you create an office space that will be efficient, functional, and beautiful. A professional designer can be of great service in figuring out exactly how to fit your workspace into your living space effectively.