Freelance Writer · Interior Design

Incorporate A Home Office

In recent years, many people have made the change from working in an office setting to working remotely from home. Telecommuting has gained immense popularity over the past decade. According to Forbes, “One in five Americans work from home, that number is expected to increase by 63% in the next five years.”

Working from home has some challenges, such as household distractions and time management issues. Where to put an efficient and beautiful work area should not be one of those challenges.

Follow along to learn what type of home office would work best for you.

The Unused Room Office

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When is a dining room not a dining room? When it’s your home office of course! Most of us use our formal dining room a few times a year. Wouldn’t this room be a better use of space as an office for the telecommuter?

The Alcove Office

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Do you have a bay window or alcove? This small area is the perfect size to fit a workstation or desk. Having a window to look out of while working is an added bonus.

The Bedroom Office

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When space is limited and you must use your bedroom as your home office, consider this option. Line the desk across the full length of one side of the bedroom and position the bed on the opposite side of the room. Install shelves to keep clutter off the work surface.

The Porch Office

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Working outdoors? Not exactly, but this is truly the best of both worlds. An enclosed porch or sunroom would be an inspiring location for a freelance writer. Not to mention you will get a good daily dose of Vitamin D, which you would never get working in a traditional office setting.

Behind the Sofa Office

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This solution is best for the occasional desk user. A small desk set behind a sofa is not only a decorative asset to the living room, but is a convenient place to work on your laptop.

The Closet Office

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Most people lack closet space, but if you are one of the few that was gifted with an extra closet, this is a superb space for a home office. The doors can be shut when the office is not in use, which makes your home feel more like a home and less like your office.

Under The Staircase Office

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You will want to call in a professional for this one. Most likely there is a coat closet under the staircase and that area will need to be reconstructed to incorporate this custom desk configuration. So worth it!


Published by June 2014