How to Create an Office in Any Room

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Home offices are essential to any home.  Even if you don’t have anyone who is specifically working from home.  Creating a place in your home that is conducive to reading, writing, getting homework done, creating music, or indulging in crafts will help keep your home efficient. Whether or not you have an extra room for an office, don’t worry! These tips will work in any space!

  • Bookcases – These are a great jumping off point, especially if you’re not working with an extra room.  While bookcases are great for the obvious – books! – they can double as storage.  Filing boxes can help disguise craft materials, old bills, gift wrapping essentials, extra office supplies, etc.  Bookcases are relatively inexpensive, and if you’re willing to go the extra mile, you can disguise a free standing bookcase as a built in one, with these easy steps.
  • Desks – Once you have your bookcase ready to go, the second step is placing your desk (or desks).  Don’t feel restricted to the classic, single desk against the wall.  Although those do look great, you have more options depending on your home’s needs.
    • Tables – these are great for the artistic worker. If you work spread out/with multiple people/mainly with crafts, this is the desk for you.  Place it in your space with area around all four sides – similar to how you would place a dining table.  For best placement try it perpendicular to your bookcase, or centered under a light fixture.
    • Double Desks – family offices can be hard to organize.  We love the look of classic desks side by side, along a wall, and separated by a bookcase or smaller table.
    • Alcove Desks – Unused closets can easily be transformed into a built in office.
  • Lighting – Efficiency has a lot to do with setting yourself up for success.  If busy work is piling up, you need an inviting well-lit area.  Direct the light in your office with a desk/floor lamp , or make a statement with a pendant light.

If you need help creating an office in your home, give Handyman Matters a call! 866-FIX-MY-HOME.