Working from home is a smart financial move as it saves not only the price of outside office space, but also gas and car maintenance required to use a car to commute each day. If you are capable of making the move to a home office, there are a few things you should consider. Many people see dedicating a room as an office as losing valuable space for guests. If you are dealing with a small floorplan there are still ways to create a multipurpose space. For example, desks do not have to be an eyesore when clutered with paper work. To avoid this, a secretary desk can be used to double as not only a desk, but also a storage unit. The “Graham Smart Technology Secretary” desk from Pottery Barn is a perfect example about how function meets practicality and design.
With the pull down desktop open, this piece offers a fair amount of workspace and shelving; closed, it is a charming hutch that neatly stores all books and office supplies out of site while using very little floor space.
In order to avoid sacrificing guest space, even small rooms can provide sleeping arrangements while maintaining the feeling of a home office. Crate & Barrel’s “Willow Twin Sleeper” shows how a great side chair can also offer a comfortable place to accomodate a guest.
With even just these two additions, a small space can provide for both a home office and a spacious guest room. The key is to allow for both aspects of the room to hold its own while the other is tucked away. In this example, if the room is being used as an office, there is a comfortable side chair available for breaks and quiet reading; when the room is being used as a guest room, the desk will fold away and transform into a beautiful nightstand. A home office does not have to feel like wasted space in your home. Multipurpose space utilizes both function and style. There is always a way to create an inviting environment for guests while maintaining an orderly work space.