More of us work from home now than ever before. Even those of us who don’t do it full-time need a home office to get stuff done on occasion. But not everyone has space in
More of us work from home now than ever before. Even those of us who don’t do it full-time need a home office to get stuff done on occasion. But not everyone has space in their house to dedicate a whole room to their work. Often, the only space there is for a desk is in your bedroom. But your room should be your sanctuary, and taking stressful work into it could be harmful to your sleep. How do you create an office right by your bed without ruining the tranquility of your sleeping area? Make a start on your design by considering the following ways to combine these two different spaces.
Play Down the Office Furniture
Before you start putting everything together, you should think about the furniture you’ll use. It’s a good idea to have a desk and chair that will look inconspicuous, and that you can ignore when you’re not using them. An excellent option, especially if you’re short on space, is using transparent acrylic or plexiglass. It gives the illusion of more room because you can see right through it. It’s also an easy material to clean, and you can add some nesting tables for extra storage.
Create Two Distinct Areas
If you’re going to put your bedroom and office together, it’s better if you can redesign the whole room. Trying to fit the desk around an existing bedroom is a little bit more difficult, and the office might never look or feel right. You need to consider your available space and work out if you can split the room. You don’t need to be able to divide it down the middle, but it’s best if you can designate a little corner for your desk. Find somewhere for the bed first, because it will be easier to fit an office around a double mattress and bed frame than the other way around. As best as you can, try to set up separate spaces for working and sleeping, so you’re able to keep the two activities apart.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
When you’ve arranged the furniture, you have the option of hiding your office. This works best if it’s on one side of the room or in a corner. One of the things you can do is get a screen to split the desk from the rest of the room. Another idea is using a tall bookcase, or perhaps a wardrobe, to form a barrier between the two sides. A bookcase works well to let the light through.
As well as your desk and computer for working, you’ll probably need to store some important documents on paper too. Save on space by keeping files under your desk, or slot them under a nesting table. If you want them to look better, buy some beautiful files that go with the rest of your decor, instead of choosing dull, office-look ones.
Having to put your office in your bedroom isn’t ideal, but you can make it work. You just have to think both practically and on a design level.