In an ideal world, you have a specific room in your home for each part of your life, such as a bedroom for sleeping and an office for working from home. Unfortunately, devoting a spare room to a home office isn’t always feasible, so carving out space in another room for an office is the next best option. The bedroom can be a great place to set up your home office. Use these bedroom office ideas to design a stylish, functional home office.
Make Smart Use of a Small Space with a Cabinet or Corner Desk
You may be dying to have a full-length office desk, but how can you enjoy dedicated office space if there is barely enough room for your bed? Enter the cabinet desk, a classy armoire that opens its doors to a small work space along with vertical shelves and cubbies to keep all your office supplies in place. Rest the cabinet against a bare wall, and store your laptop and desk lamp on the desk space. When you’re not working, keep the doors closed and place the office chair against the wall so that it doesn't interrupt the flow of the room.
If your small bedroom has an underutilized corner, put it to work with a compact corner desk. Find a triangular- or L-shaped desk that fits snugly in the corner, leaving just enough room for cables to fall behind the desk. If the corner is far from the windows, invest in a light-dispersing desk lamp to brighten up the area.
Separate Your Personal Space and Work Space
Mixing your personal area with your office space is a recipe for disorganized chaos, as laptop cables find their way to your bedroom drawer. Keep your sanity in check by designing a dedicated work area. An alcove or nook provides a great physical separation, but you can get the same effect in a standard bedroom by installing an elevated bed with a desk underneath. Choose a loft-style bed with a ladder to the mattress, and find a work desk that fits between the bed supports.
If you have a bit more room to work with, aim for a standard desk with lower drawers or vertical storage space to keep all your office-related belongings in one place. If a storage desk doesn't mesh with your bedroom decor, choose a sleek, simple table to use as a desk, but add some box-shaped wall shelving above it for storing cords, printers and other office equipment.
Find Matching Bedroom Office Furniture for Aesthetic Appeal
How do you create a functional home office without sacrificing your bedroom's decor and color scheme? Find office furniture to match your bedroom, of course. When choosing a desk, opt for a finish that best matches your bed frame, wardrobe, dresser and other furniture. While laminated wood and wood veneer are ideal for a classic or rustic bedroom, stainless steel and acrylic add a sleek touch for a more modern theme.
When choosing a bedroom office chair, keep in mind that your choices go beyond the gray rolling chairs that populate cubicles. A rustic wood chair, an old kitchen chair or even a wicker chair can serve as the perfect office seat if you only plan to use your desk for short periods each day. Otherwise, opt for an ergonomic office chair. Keep in mind you have a variety of modern styles and eye-popping shades to choose from. When selecting a shade, go for an accent color to create a streamlined look. For instance, if your desk and bedroom furniture are white but your lamp and comforter are red, choose a red office chair to tie the look together.
With a few simple changes, you can design a functional home office that fits well in your bedroom. To maintain the serenity of the room, position your office space as far away as possible from your bed. Keep cords, equipment and other eyesores tucked away and add some wall paintings to create a cohesive space that includes a relaxing bedroom and productive work space.
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