More people than ever before are working from home, whether this is full time or just for a few days a week, and having a dedicated working space is key to being productive when you’re not in the office. Whilst some homeowners will have a space that they’re able to transform into a professional home office, others will have to try and make a working space in their living room, dining room or bedroom.
It is very common for homeowners to need to create multi-purpose home office spaces too and many will have to share this working environment with other members of their family. Thankfully, no matter what the other purpose may be for a working space, whether it is a gaming room, a homework area or even a spare bedroom, with some careful planning, you can get the balance right. So, to help anyone trying to design a multi-purpose home office, below are some tips that might come in handy.
Choose the perfect location
The key to creating the best multi-purpose home office is choosing the right place for it. In order to work efficiently, you need to be away from distractions and in a space where you’re able to focus. So, think about the rooms in your home and which are used most frequently by the whole family, often opting for a quieter space is more beneficial.
Once you’ve chosen the room you’re going to turn into a working space, think carefully about where you’re going to put all of your office furniture too. Take into consideration what essential pieces of furniture are already in the room, whether this is a sofa or a bed, and how you’re able to work around them. You will likely find that one corner or one wall will be most suitable and convenient for you to use for your desk space.
Opt for bespoke home office furniture
Whilst there is an abundance of office furniture on the market, when you’re creating a multi-purpose home office, bespoke furniture is the best solution. Designing your furniture specifically for a certain area will allow you to make use of every inch of space and you can ensure that the furniture is able to meet the needs of everyone that will be using it. You will also be able to design something that complements your existing interior design too.
More often than not, opting for fitted furniture is better than freestanding furniture as well. Not only will this furniture be more durable, but it will allow you to make good use of the wall space you have too as many multi-purpose home offices will have more wall space than floor space. Fitted bespoke home office furniture will always be both practical and functional.
Use lots of different storage solutions
In order to ensure that your working space can also be used by other people, having plenty of space to store all of your work essentials is absolutely vital. When designing your bespoke furniture, think about what work items you have and what storage solutions you will need to be able to pack them all away at the end of the day.
Combining shelving, cupboards, drawers and filing cabinets will help you to ensure that you have plenty of storage space and that you don’t have to worry about expensive equipment or important documents when the office space is being used for its other purpose. It is always worthwhile thinking about where you’re going to keep your office chair in this working space too and don’t forget to make sure you can tuck this out of the way when required.
Creating a bespoke home office
When you’re working from home and you’re trying to create a suitable working space, hopefully, these tips will help you to transform a section of one of your rooms into a functional place where you can work efficiently. Whatever the other purpose may be for the home office that you’re designing, bearing in mind everything mentioned above will help you to find a way to meet multiple different needs all in one area.
Should you require some assistance creating a bespoke home office space, be sure to contact us here at Ashford Kitchens and Interiors. We specialise in fitted home offices and we can assist you with the design and installation of made-to-measure cabinetry to help you create a multi-purpose working area in your home. With contemporary and classic furniture designs available, we have something to suit all tastes and with a bit of creativity and some careful planning from our talented team, you will soon have the perfect working space in your home.