With more people than ever working from home, the biggest obstacle many face is not having enough room to accommodate a separate working space. But here at The Wooden Furniture Store, we think that a home office doesn’t have to be a self contained room. Brilliant work-friendly spaces can emerge from a spare corner of wasted space, for example under the stairs, a large landing or in the kitchen. Sounds too good to be true? With thoughtful planning and creativity, almost any alternative space can be turned into a home office and here’s how…..
In the kitchen
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We’ve noticed a real trend on Pinterest and Instagram to have a designated study area in the kitchen. A lot of us spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, so it seems like a natural room to create a work area and it really doesn’t need a lot of space. Creating a multi purpose home office is often the best way to make use of an otherwise awkward corner or area. This slim end worktop in this kitchen has been transformed into a practical and useful breakfast bar and extra work station.
Invest in a standing desk
There’s a big trend for standing desks, as the health benefits of standing rather than sitting for long stretches of time have been widely debated! The good news about a standing desk is that it takes up a lot less space than a regular desk arrangement. Take a look around your home and see if there is an area you could clear to create a standing-level perch. The Hulstone Industrial bar table features a strong, geometric shape and is crafted from reclaimed rough sawn pine with a powder coated frame for a stylish finishing touch.
Use an alcove
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Choose a hide away desk in the living room
Space on the landing
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The hallway landing is a space that is often overlooked, but if it is large enough it can provide an ideal spot for a small home office. Do you have space for a slim desk on your landing? If you have a window could you place a table underneath it and you would have the perfect place to work.
Under the stairs
If your space under the stairs is a dust trap for winter coats and odd shoes, you might be able to convert the space into a bijou working space. This savvy homeowner has turned this space into a compact home office thanks to slim desk and neat shelving – a perfect use of the space.
In a cupboard
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It’s surprising how small a space you need for a home office. As long as the desk is large enough to accommodate a laptop, then it can function as a place to work. Conceal your office space within floor-to-ceiling storage and add bi-fold doors to ensure you can shut away work cares at the end of the day.
Create a dual purpose room
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With a carefully considered layout, it is possible to turn a guest bedroom into a dual-purpose space that can accommodate overnight guests and also work as an office. Keep the sleeping area well defined and choose a desk that suits a bedroom setting for example one that could easily double as a dressing table. Add shelves above the desk area, and invest in some matching storage files to keep your work materials organised.
Have you turned an alternative space into a home office? We’d love to know, use the #woodenfurniturehomeoffice on our twitter, facebook or instragam feeds to show us how you’ve created your space.