8 Ideas for Squeezing in a Work-from-home Area
Think you haven’t got room for a home office? Think again...
Looking for inspiration? Check out these ideas to find out how you and your laptop can move away from the kitchen table and into a workspace of your own.
An understairs area is often used as a cloakroom or storage cupboard, but it can make an equally good spot for a desk. The sloping ceiling isn’t a problem when you’re sitting at the desk, and the width is usually ample for a screen and lamp.
Here, the team at Santamaria Design have ensured the practical desk and drawer unit fit in with the décor in the hallway. The timber work surface echoes the treads of the stairs, while the drawers and chair blend into the white backdrop.
For an even better view, consider creating a surface in front of a window. The outside aspect is ideal for its calming, biophilic properties and the natural light will help to balance your body’s circadian rhythm.
A shelf like this one designed by Clare Gaskin Interiors is ideal if you don’t need a large work area. The simple design helps the desk to blend into the room without impinging on the rest of the space.
Here, an MDF desk has been built to perfectly fit the window area, with a cable hole and an upstand to make the space super-practical.
A bedroom is often the obvious place for a desk area away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the home – and if you can squeeze in a dressing table, you can squeeze in a desk, too. This desk and dressing table combo by Maurizio Pellizzoni illustrates how small a space you need to make this work.
However, it can be challenging to ensure it doesn’t impinge on the calm feel of your sleep space. The key to success is to opt for a minimalist style. A clean white ledge in this scheme sits neatly alongside the bed and echoes the crisp white sheets. The team have balanced this out with a comfortable blue chair that tones with the upholstered bed and navy bedding.
Make more of a living room media and shelving unit by investing in some clever joinery. This full-wall construction designed by Neville Johnson, for example, looks as if it’s only storage, but closer inspection of the bottom right-hand corner reveals a nifty fold-out desk (see below).
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If you prefer your desk area to be shut away in the evening, try building it into a cabinet. The door on this tall unit designed by Openstudio Architects slides along to display an attractive, practical work area.
A handy pull-out shelf adds more surface area and is ideal for the computer keyboard. When you’re planning something like this, it’s a good idea to think about the main elements you want to include in your desk area beforehand.
Even a tiny space can accommodate a desk, as long as you’re clever about the design. Consider an ergonomic curve like this one by Mood London, which fits neatly into a niche.
The rounded edge is space-saving and comfortable, and has the added bonus of looking rather stylish, too.
Here’s a smart idea for those who want to hide their desk away when it’s not in use. A wall-hung cabinet by BoConcept Scotland flips open to form a work surface, then flips back to sit unassumingly in the corner of the room.
Think also about investing in a foldable chair like this one, as it can be tidied away if necessary.
Sometimes a simple idea can be wonderfully effective. Take this kitchen worktop by Making Spaces, which has been continued along into the corner. The ledge is just large enough for the owner to perch with their laptop.
Additions that make this an even more useful area are the comfortable bar stool, the handy wall light and easy access to the plug socket.
Are you in need of a dedicated small desk area? Would any of these ideas work in your home? Share your thoughts in the Comments.