With the United States’ stay at home order this Spring, many families scrambled to find new places to work or study from home. Some were lucky enough to have a home office space in place before schools and workplaces were shut down. Others used kitchen tables or side tables as makeshift work areas.
Seven Places to Put a Home Office Space
Creating a home office space doesn’t have to be difficult. For those still seeking a spot for working from home effectively, here are seven places to put a home office that you may not have considered:
1) Bedroom Corner Office Space
The bedroom is often a quiet spot for reading and relaxing. Use a corner spot and add an upholstered chair with a side table and gain an instant workspace.
2) Vanity or Sewing Table as Makeshift Home Office Space
If you have a vanity or a sewing table in your home, it can double as a desk area for anyone. Simply add a laptop and some desk supplies and go!
3) Sofa Table Workspace
A sofa table could work in a pinch as a workspace area. A table without a shelf on the bottom works best so you can put your legs or a chair underneath the area. Many people have sofa tables along a wall, or directly behind the couch, so adding a chair would be a simple solution.
4) Entryway Work Space
An entryway area could work as an extra workspace for a child or anyone who needs to study or concentrate, assuming that you have a little extra space near your doorway. Here I have added a vintage desk and chair to a foyer and painted it a bold color. See my vintage desk makeover here.
5) Dining Room / Kitchen Workspace:
Since you are probably not planning on inviting guests over for dinner anytime soon, the dining room or kitchen table is a perfectly acceptable place to work or study. Just make sure you protect your nice table from writing indentations with a good leather writing mat.
6) Guest Room as Home Office Space
A guest room is the perfect place to add a writing desk or workspace. Many times, these areas have extra space for a small desk or table. Or simply convert your guest room into an office, like I have done with my home office renovation, adding a futon for overnight guests that doubles as a sitting area.
7) Basement Office Space:
Not using your basement for anything right now? Turn it into a makeshift work area with a desk and chair, like we did in this basement. An office space doesn’t have to be expansive — just room for a computer and some storage will work just fine, as in this basement office space.
Creating Office Spaces Bonus Area: Lap Desk
If you really can’t fit an office or workspace in any of the above places, then work with what you have. Simply buy a laptop desk, and make any space in your home a work area – your bedroom, the family room or living room. I love lap desks because they work better than pillows to hold your laptop and mouse, as well as a spare pencil or pen.
Work from home easier with a dedicated workspace
As you can see, thinking resourcefully will help you uncover hidden areas of your home for creating office spaces or homework stations. All you need is a seat and a writing surface, and you are ready to start working.