Monday, November 18, 2013
Having your workspace right in your bedroom may be one of the most impractical space planning decisions in most homes. While you’re in your personal space of rest and relaxation and just a few feet away from your bed, it will definitely be difficult to focus on your work and the tasks at hand.
For limited spaces in studio units and apartments though, homeowners hardly have any choice. If you are in the same predicament, here are a few tips for you to maximize your bedroom space without sacrificing your work and productivity.
The great divide
The most effective way of creating a focused workspace is to separate its space from the bedroom. With the use of tri-fold dividers or screens, a bookcase or display shelving units, or even just curtains, establish a clear line between your space for relaxing and your space for work.
If you are one who likes big, open spaces, you may opt to play with the ceiling design instead. Drop ceilings or different ceiling treatments can work to your advantage. You may also incorporate an arch or a post and lintel design as an 'entryway' to your workspace. This will establish a physical transition to your work place and a mental transition to work mode, as you step through the arch or into that part of the room with a different ceiling design.
For smaller bedrooms, especially for bedrooms that don’t have considerably low ceiling heights, the loft bed is the next best solution. The loft bed is a bunk bed with only the top bunk. By using the empty area below as a work area, you will be creating the necessary separation of bedroom and workspace as well. This idea works well with kid’s rooms, since they are smaller than adults and small spaces are still comfortable for them.
Face the wall
For really tight spaces, the only remaining solution that can somehow still help you focus on work is to have your desk face away from the bed. It can be facing a wall or a window, depending on your preference and your room layout.
If you have the budget and space, you can go the extra mile by building a shallow recessed wall area, just enough for your desk and chair. Install a double-door usually used for closets and pantries at the entrance, so you can stow away your entire workspace at the end of the day, leaving you with a relaxing bedroom space free of office clutter. - Aislinn Kee