With ‘working from home’ becoming the new normal, you might be contemplating a more creative home-office space rather than your kitchen dining table. Here are 7 creative ideas for those who want a dedicated workspace but don’t necessarily want to feel isolated in a separate room.
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1. Turn a part of your open plan space into your home office
If you’ve got an open-plan kitchen/dining/living space or are thinking of creating one, incorporating a dedicated workspace would be a great option. Particularly, if you go for a neat and simple layout with colours that complement the existing space. If you have this, along with plenty of storage to contain the day to day mess, you will reap the benefits of an exciting and creative space.
2. Alcove office
Alcoves are often a neglected space but create a great frame for a dedicated workspace. Even if you can’t fit a full-sized desk, you could install a wall-mounted surface with plenty of storage above which could include shelves to maximise storage opportunity.
3. Multi-use home office
If your home is slightly on the small side, having a dedicated office space may seem like an impossible task. But that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze a small desk and some essential storage into your bedroom or living room. In fact, you may notice your productivity on the rise as you rely less on your sofa to ‘zoom’ from. When not working from home, it could even double up as a sideboard.
4. Under the Stairs
This cute space allows you to reclaim lost usable space and create a beautiful workspace in the process. The casual feel allows you to feel connected with others.
5. Garden Office
For properties that may have a planning restriction or if you just want to feel connected to the garden, building a garden room is an efficient use of outdoor space and a creative office idea. If you designate it as a workspace from the get-go, it can be fitted with the necessary power-points, lighting solutions and insulation. It will be a real comfort. Architect Laura talks about the benefits of her office space here.
6. Hide-away Office
If you don’t want to see your workspace when it’s not being used, and don’t want to spoil the aesthetic of your beautiful space with printers and monitors, then you can incorporate a hide-away office which would allow you to shut the doors when you’re done for the day. This is great if you’re trying to achieve a good work-life balance. Being able to separate workspace from where you live could be great for your mental health, rather than leaving work open on your kitchen table in the evening.
7. Unused landing space
If space is at premium, utilising an unused landing space may be the way forward. You can even incorporate a small drop-leaf desk and folding chair if your landing is on the small side. In this way, you can include your workspace into the tightest spaces without taking up too much room.
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