Whether you are working from home for an extended period of time, or are preparing for the next school year, having a dedicated office space inside your home may seem a bit tricky at first. In the later stages of COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions, Homes.com surveyed almost 700 parents on how they feel about schooling and the upcoming changes that could affect their families’ regular schedules. Twenty-six percent of parents said they wouldn’t consider putting in a permanent office space because they didn’t have the room for it. Now, it is time to think outside the box. These are just a few ideas of how to create an office space that is not only functional, but doesn’t take up a large amount of space. While also helping to keep the balance of office and home life.
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Try the “Cloffice“
The term “cloffice” refers to a home office space inside of a closet. No matter if you have a small hall closet, closet under the stairs, a guest room with an under-utilized closet space, or better yet a walk in closet, you don’t need much to make it a functional working space. Some shelving, a work surface, and pull a chair from the dining room and you have a cute little working space. Plus there’s nothing better after a day putting in work, to simply close the door behind you.
Think of all the hidden gems in your home. If you have a wall space or even a corner of a room, this may be a perfect solution for a work space. Take a step back and see which room isn’t used to its max capacity. Better yet, that alcove that serves no real purpose, can now be transformed to a working space. These overlooked spaces could be the answer to all your work from home woes. If you do have open space, but it’s a smaller area, try using a shelf-office desk combination to maximize functionality. This unit at west elm, and below in the Pinterest photo, is a great example
Kitchen and Dining Home Office
If you already have a desk space in your kitchen, or a separate countertop from the main cooking area, then you may already have the perfect space. Use baskets to group and separate work from home. Rework a cabinet to hold supplies for the family. Especially helpful if you want to meal prep and have someone you need to keep a watchful eye doing homework.
If you have a dining room or eat in kitchen, this space could work in a pinch. Use the sideboard to store supplies that can easily be closed when school or work is not in session. In our home, our eat in kitchen table has storage under that allows for us to tuck away our school supplies at the end of the day.
I am all about multi-functional furniture. Coffee tables come in all sorts of styles, and you can find one that converts to a desk with storage and then collapses down for evening entertainment. Even better for a laptop table turned side table.
Speaking of furniture that performs double duty, a decorative armoire makes the perfect space to hide away your desk and supplies. I love this bookcase that converts to a desk space. The shelving provides plenty of space for supplies, just add baskets and when you’re done, the desk swings back to clear up space.
While mixing business with rest may have mixed reviews, it’s still an area that shouldn’t be overlooked. A desk side table combination either in yours or your kiddos room help to not only contain the work, but also a place to store things for your nightly routine.
Bottom line whatever you choose, the theme between all of these home office space ideas is the ability to transition from work to normal life. Using multifunctional furniture and utilizing spaces that are otherwise overlooked, will allow you to make a comfortable working space within your home. Perfect for anyone that didn’t have a dedicated room, but needs to be able to complete work and school tasks. Especially at a time where the entire family could be doing either office or school work from home.