Need an office that pops up then packs away? Or a working area that fits stylishly into your living space? Here’s how.
The key to planning a home office in a compact space is to think carefully about what would help you get your tasks done (or those creative juices flowing) and build exactly the work zone to match those needs. Then you just have to figure out a way of squeezing all that in to whatever floor area you can spare.
Wall-mounted desks that drop down when required, then fold up again to occupy as little space as possible, are perfect for tight corners. Floating wall-mounted desks are another option as they free up floor space (Ikea sells a wide selection). Choose one with a cubbyhole or shelf below so that you can store your laptop when not in use. If you’ve got a spare corner in the living or dining area, look for furniture that transforms when office space is required, such as a sideboard that becomes a desk by sliding the top forward, or a chest with a fold-down work surface.
Alternatively, opt for a desktop on trestle legs, which is easy to remove and slide away under a bed or behind a door if you’re planning to have guests round.
Or why not hide your office in a built-in closet? A simple curtain pulled across can conceal your work space, allowing you to roll your chair under the desk when you are done and keep everything out of sight. If you already have a wall-mounted modular storage system with uprights and brackets, there may be a desk module available. Such systems are ideal for creating a versatile work area that’s tailored to your needs – and they’re great for making the most of every inch of space, too.
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
How to create a home office in a small space
This is an edited extract from How We Live Now by Rebecca Winward (Ryland Peters & Small, £16.99). To order a copy for £14.95 until 17 January, go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193. Free UK delivery on orders over £15
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