Many people have recently been jumping on board with an alternative design concept: mixing the bedroom and home office. Whether you are running low on space in your home, need to use the space of your current home office for something else, or just want to try out something new with your bedroom, incorporating your home office space into your bedroom design could be the perfect solution for you.
Placing your office inside your bedroom might seem like an odd move for some. After all, the bedroom is meant for types of furniture like beds, dressers, vanities, perhaps a couch or chair, right? However, this design insight might just add some dimension and depth to your bedroom setup, not to mention giving you multiple valuable uses for your space.
If no other options are available, a bedroom can be a fantastic spot to fit in an office workspace. Remember that it doesn’t even have to be in the master bedroom. Guest bedrooms also make wonderful shared office spaces. And hey, if you find yourself tiring of working and need a rest, the bed is right there for you to lay down and take a little nap. So convenient! A combination bedroom and office can offer you an oasis away from the rest of the busy household.
Take a look at some of the following design ideas for how to integrate your home office space into a bedroom.
Utilizing a Walk in Closet
If you have a walk in closet, you might want to consider converting it into a mini office. Depending on the size and shape, a large walk in closet can make an excellent office adjacent to the bedroom. Take down closet rods meant for hanging clothes and shoe organizers, and repurpose the space with filing cabinets or your choice of organization container. If your closet has built-in shelves, you can choose whether to keep them or not; they can become useful extra storage space for the office, or if you take them down it can make the office seem much larger, giving a more open atmosphere, which is important if you’re going to be working in an enclosed space.
Choosing brighter colors to paint the walls can also help to open up the confined feel along with adding cheery art or decorations. If you have enough room to place a desk in the middle of the closet with sufficient space behind for a chair, it’s recommended to have the desk facing out towards the rest of the bedroom to be able to receive the window light. However, if you don’t have the room, you can put the desk up against the closet wall, utilizing that wall to hang a bulletin board, magnetic board, or calendar to help you stay organized. Adding extra lighting, either overhead or from a lamp, is suggested, as accessing good lighting in a closet is often difficult.
While using a closet as an office space you can either keep the closet doors as they are or remove them and hang curtains to act as a partition. Curtains not only add style to the rest of the bedroom, but can also help to hide or block off the office space if you find it necessary.
If you’re truly dedicated to adding a home office space and you happen to have a very large bedroom plus a bit of extra budget, doing some slight remodeling could be the answer. Partitioning off a section of the bedroom such as installing translucent doors or a sliding wall can create the illusion of having an entirely separate room without actually adding on an addition to the house.
Installing or constructing furniture that’s built into the wall might also offer some stylish solutions, like an attached desk with connected cabinets for storing things like papers or a printer.
With the modern age of design has come a deluge of remarkable space-savers and creative multi-purpose items. Now furniture doesn’t necessarily have to take up tons of space or be used for only one thing.
If you’re looking to make a guest bedroom part office, consider installing a Murphy bed instead of using a regular bed frame. A Murphy bed is one that retracts in order to be stored within the wall or a cabinet, leaving lots of room during the day for whatever else. There are even brands that create desks on the back of Murphy beds, so that what is at one time a working space converts to a bed for nighttime.
Desks that fold out from the wall can slip away easily when not in use. With this floating desk from Wayfair all you really need is an empty bit of wall and you have yourself a work area. Or install a floating L shelf at the height of a desk in the corner of the room for easy laptop space that transitions to decorated shelf space.
Various Desk Locations
Consider spots in your bedroom that you might not have previously taken into account. A bay window can be a fabulous nook-turned-desk area, as it already receives lots of natural light. Or instead of a usual nightstand by your bed, why not switch it up with a small desk and chair, accentuated with stylish accessories? An alcove formerly used for storage might be able to fit a desk with hung curtains if you’d like to hide it from view when not in use. And space previously taken up by a clunky dresser can be lightened by purchasing a combination dresser and desk in its place.
If you have various options of where to place a desk in your bedroom, it’s always suggested to have an outward-facing desk. In front of a window is ideal, but even positioning it against a wall will keep you more focused and concentrating on work. It allows for a feeling of separation from the rest of the room.
Don’t be afraid to take your bedroom to the next level by assimilating an office space. Decide which of these design tips are best for your home and start planning your home office!