The freedom and flexibility of modern technology is allowing more and more of us to work from home. A properly designed office is the key to keeping organized and focused in your new work environment. Even small spaces – a closet, a bedroom wall, an under-the-stairway alcove – can be transformed into a home office (see My Idea Book below).
After months of sitting uncomfortably on the living room couch with her work in messy piles on an ergonomically challenging too-low coffee table, my client called on me to repurpose the spare room as her primary workspace. In this small room which had been used for TV-watching and overnight guests, I found available space on one of the walls (see the before shot below).
I designed custom built-ins that turned a previously unused 7’ wide x 30” deep niche into an inviting, functional focal point that houses files, a printer and office supplies and serves as an anchor for a large desk positioned perpendicular to the wall. Floating shelves and cabinets were chosen to create an artistic feel that is a welcome contrast from a typical office. Made of rift-cut oak, the cabinets were stained a light tone to match the wall color, which gives the room a more spacious feel. Additionally, the glass desk and clear acrylic chair keep the atmosphere airy and open.
With space to spare, the sleeper sofa and TV remain so that the room still functions as both a den and guest room. So pick your spot and make a plan that includes adequate lighting, sufficient electrical outlets, a comfortable chair and ample storage to make working at home, work for you.
Small Home Offices