Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How to create a workspace in any room

In many compact homes today, there is often hardly any room for a dedicated office space. However, most of us still need some form of workspace for take-home work, browsing the Internet and organizing bills and expenses. Solve this problem by incorporating a workspace in any room in the home. Here's how...

Incorporating a work desk in the living room takes shrewd space planning skills.

Living room

Incorporating a work desk in the living room takes shrewd space planning skills. For bigger spaces, create separate zones for work and living areas. A sofa facing away from the work zone can serve as a subtle separation of the two areas. You may also add dividers for more privacy. For small living rooms, use a console table as a desk when not in use. Choose a desk with drawers for workspace functions. You may place the desk at the back of the sofa, to integrate the workspace fully into the living room. 

Dining room

The dining room is a tough place to incorporate a workspace in. Consider using it as a multi-purpose room. You can actually use the dining table as a work desk whe not in use. This works particularly well for condo units and other small spaces, as the office space virtually takes no space at all. Choose a table with drawers to store your work implements. 

Kitchen

The kitchen can be a sensible place to incorporate a workspace, since it’s the central command area for some homes, with the family schedule tacked on the fridge door and spacious countertops that sometimes serve as breakfast nooks. A workspace in the kitchen fits the lifestyle of stay-at-home moms and those who love to cook, as they can mind their cooking while getting some work done. If you decide to carve out a workspace in the kitchen, it’s best to plan your kitchen layout and design with this in mind. Integrate the desk space in your built-in kitchen counters and cabinets for a cohesive design. 

Bedroom

For most homes, the bedroom is where work desks are located. Flush your desk against the wall to save space and reserve some wall space for storage. You may also add a slight partition to make your office environment more conducive to work. For smaller bedrooms, consider having a dual-purpose desk for both vanity and desk areas.


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