One of the unexpected positives of the global pandemic is an increased flexibility in work procedures. The downside is that cramped office spaces that would just about do pre-Covid, just don’t cut it now that they are used regularly and, potentially, by various family members. Even if you are fairly limited on space, with a little creativity and maybe some professional help, you can create a great home office space to meet your needs.
Create a cubby
If you rent a room in a shared house, or for teens looking for their own workspace, one option is to downsize on the wardrobe to create a study nook. You may not even need to downsize; simply by moving a wardrobe out of the corner, you will create a natural recess into which you can add a desk, memo board, and appropriate lighting. Just the act of creating a “cubby” will help the desk space to feel separate to the rest of the room, and help create an environment conducive to focusing and learning.
Under stair office
The space under the stairs is often wasted; if you don’t make the most of your under-stair void, then it could be the perfect location for your home office space. If the space is currently enclosed, ask a carpenter to open it up for you; a good carpenter will be able to leave some storage and give you clever ideas about optimising the space.
Choose your furniture wisely
One of the biggest issues with creating a home office space is finding somewhere that will fit a desk. If you are short on space, a corner desk can be a great idea as it allows you to create a defined workspace without dominating the room.
Create a space with colour
Creating an office space isn’t just about the desk and the chair, it is about creating an environment that allows you to focus on work. Keep the décor light and simple, look for innovative ideas to keep clutter to a minimum. You can even try painting the office section of a room a different colour to help define the area as one for work. Another option is to create a cubby-style area by using painted wooden panelling attached to the wall. This can be a striking feature as well as helping you to mark out a workspace.
Close the doors on work
One downside of home working is that it is hard to switch off, especially if the office space is in a living area or bedroom. By building your home office into a large cupboard or dresser, you can make sure that you can shut the doors on work at the end of the day. You don’t have to use a cupboard; if your office is in an alcove or created cubby, a carpenter can put doors on it for you. What’s more, when the doors are open, the insides offer valuable extra wall space for memos, calendars etc.