In this busy world of ours, we often need to take the job home to make any headway at all. And so, it is crucial that our interior space, however big or small, accommodate the increasing demands of our vocation.
Traditionally, this home-grown setting has been referred to as a home office: a well-sized room with a desk, book shelves and, with any luck, a fully-stocked liquor cabinet. Many of us, however, don’t have the luxury of an extra room. So we must roll up our sleeves and get creative with the space we have. Here are a few examples that might help you along.
While most are familiar with this old adage, far fewer have considered good ol’ Murphy in the context of home office design. Simply put, when there is no room to spare, you should try a “Murphy Desk.” This handy bit of furniture folds out from an otherwise discreet location, giving you a serviceable platform in addition to convenient shelving space.
Nooks and Crannies
While typically seen as an architectural flourish, nooks and crannies are prime real-estate for a functional home office. With a little bit of creative shelving and perhaps a dividing curtain, you’ll feel right at…work, and thus be more apt to answer those emails or finish that report you’ve been putting off. A stylish, yet comfortable chair might be in order as well, ensuring you stay in that seat until the job is done, while also adding a decorative presence to the surrounding decor.
As with nooks and crannies, open spaces are either inefficiently used or ignored altogether. It makes sense (and perhaps goes without saying) that you should set up shop in the space you have available. And yet, if you don’t look carefully enough, you could miss a perfect home office location along a wall, beneath a bunk bed or floating between this room and the next. Take a look at the following examples, and you’ll see what can be accomplished with just a little extra ingenuity.
When sufficiently organized, closets can offer more than enough space for your home office. Rather than simply stuffing them with shirts and dresses and other unmentionables, why not remove the door and add a desk with some shelving? The results may surprise you. This out-of-the-way space is a great solution for those with modestly sized rooms, or those simply looking for a way to open up their home decor.
Far too often, at the end of a long work day, we find ourselves stumbling home with a stack of papers yet to go through and a throbbing headache to boot. Then we huddle up on the couch or in bed with our computer here and our papers there and our phone…wait…where did we put the phone?…. You get the picture.
Today, having a home office space is absolutely necessary to keep pace with the frantic working world. But thankfully, you don’t need a dedicated room to accomplish this. You just need a little foresight, a little elbow grease and, of course, a little creativity to build a workspace that will help maximize your potential.