Having your office in your bedroom is tough — you might feel less than professional or struggle to create a clear separation between work and relaxation. It's even tougher when your bedroom isn't much bigger than a shoe cupboard, but with some clever interior design tricks, you can create a multi-purpose room that you'll love spending time in. Read on to find out how to make even the smallest office/bedroom combo feel light and spacious.
Stick to Neutral Colors
Bright colours and busy patterns can instantly make a room feel smaller, so keep away from these in your design. Instead, choose soft, neutral colours for the walls, furniture and floor coverings. You might choose pale grey for the walls, white for the ceiling and plain wood for the floor, and then pick furniture made from white wood. Once you've created a blank canvas that maximises the space you have, you can start adding some splashes of colour here and there — perhaps some patterned pillows for the bed, interesting potted plants or brightly coloured ornaments.
Choose Soft Lighting
One bright light in the centre of your room doesn't help the space situation. Instead, dot several softer lights around the room to create the illusion of different areas. Gentle lighting softens the edges of the furniture in your room, making it feel less cramped. You could have a bedside lamp on your nightstand, a string of fairy lights around a bookshelf, and a standing lamp next to your desk. This is a great way to transition between work and relaxation, since you can stick to less lighting after you clock off.
Use Underbed Storage
Working from your bedroom isn't just about setting up your desk — there's a good chance you'll have lots of paperwork to file and store, too. For any documents you don't need to access regularly, underbed storage is a good option. To maximise the space you have, choose a bed with built-in drawers or storage boxes. If that's not an option, invest in shallow underbed boxes instead, and be sure to fit as many as you can under there. The less that work stuff is on display, the bigger your room will feel — it will also make relaxing after work much easier.
Get a Bespoke Fitted Desk
You need to make the most of every inch of space you have in a small room, and getting a fitted desk is the perfect way to do that. Is there an awkward alcove or strange corner in your room? Have a desk made to fit, and there will be no more wasted space. If your desk is located in a little nook, it's also easy to install a curtain or screen to hide it from view when you're not working.
Got a tiny room that needs to double as a bedroom and office? Use these tips to make the most of your space.Share
17 August 2017
When I decided to become a freelance designer, I decided I would work from home. I was sick and tired of being in an office all day and to be honest, some of my workmates were pretty annoying. However, I did not consider that I might have to make some changes to my home in order to make it suitable. On the first day of my new life working from home, I realised I would need much more natural light, so I had new windows installed. I then realised that I would need a larger work table to work on my cut out designs. In the end, I made hundreds of changes and I learnt an awful lot about home improvement.