How to Make an Office in Your Living Room
Because you work from home or run your own business, you need a home office. But your idea to convert a bedroom into one runs into a big obstacle: rental homes and apartments with an extra bedroom fly way beyond your budget. But don’t give up the search yet. These tips show you how to create an office out of a living room, which any rental space will have.
Place a Desk
Any office begins with a desk, so placing one properly is the key to creating your work center in a living room. Putting a desk next to a sofa allows it to double as a side table where your work lamp can also act as living room illumination. If your sofa sits in the middle of the living room, you can put a console table or a desk behind it as your workspace. Finally, in a small living room, keeping a desk in one corner allows you to preserve the flow of the room and prevent the space from being cramped.
Create a Nook
Many living rooms, especially if they’re in older rentals, have nooks and cutouts, such as next to fireplaces or by entries, that may seem like unusable space. However, they may be perfectly sized to hold a small desk and act as an office. Even if the space is too small to hold a full-depth desk, it may have just the right measurements to install a wall mounted shelf at desk height, which can then hold a laptop. A small chair in front of that shelf then turns the area into a productivity center.
Rely on Shelving
If you have a blank wall in your living room that’s big enough to hold a shelving unit, then it can become a home office, particularly if you can hang it from the wall. A shelf at desk height can be slightly deeper than the other so it can hold a laptop to act as a workstation. You can also use an all-in-one PC that puts the processor in the screen that you hang on the wall to save space. Then all that sits on the shelf desk is the keyboard and mouse. Use the other shelves for books, stationery, and business supplies.
Use Double-Duty Furniture
You may not have enough space for both living room and office furniture. But you can still create a work-at-home area by using furniture that serves more than one function. An example is a desk that turns into a dining table once you take away all the business supplies from the table top. Instead of using a dedicated business chair, use a living room piece as office seating. Make sure that your ottomans, side tables, and even a coffee table have built-in storage space where you can keep business supplies and paperwork.
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