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Dual-Purpose Home Office: 5 Smart Design Ideas

Dual-Purpose Home Office: 5 Smart Design Ideas
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These days, almost everyone is constantly online with their phones, tablets, and laptops, which only means it’s much easier than ever before to abandon the conventional commute to work and comfortably work from home if you have a smart home office space.

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Tucking a small desk into a corner of a spare room may be just the ticket for office space in your home. Image: Angelique Emonet on Unsplash.
Tucking a small desk into a corner of a spare room may be just the ticket for office space in your home. Image: Angelique Emonet on Unsplash.

Whereas it’s a great advantage to be able to avoid the hassle of travelling to work, it might be challenging to set up a home office that satisfies all your needs, especially the one for a quiet and organized space. Very often, there is no spare room in the house that can become your home office, and even if there is, it will most likely have a dual function.

However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Dual-purpose spaces give you a perfect opportunity to allocate a place for your home office by taking advantage of commonly overlooked areas and in this way, you save up both on space and cost. Here are five design ideas for creating a home office by making one room do double-duty.

Office/Guest Room

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Turning a guest room into a dual-purpose space can be challenging. This room was designed with a fold-down wall bed and built-in corner desk to maximize space for work. Image: California Closets.

It’s a very convenient thing to have a guest room, especially if you have dear friends and family living out of town or state. But even if they frequently come to visit you, the guest room will most likely go unoccupied for the most part of the year. By turning it into a guest room/home office, it will become a usable and productive space.

This type of space is probably easiest to design as it won’t be much of a stretch, budget or style-wise, to simply bring in a desk. Just make sure it matches the existing décor and furniture so it all ties in well. And, for a more welcoming look, go for a decorative chair rather than a typical office chair.

In this compact. modern guest room, a wall bed and small built-in desk with shelves maximize office work space and cater to guest comfort. Image: Digitized House Media.
In this compact, modern guest room, a wall bed disguised as a closet and a small built-in desk with shelves maximize office work space yet still cater to guest comfort. Image: Digitized House Media.

If your guest room is not roomy enough for a desk and chair, consider replacing the bed with a fold-up wall bed. These can be purchased in ready-to-assemble kits or built from the ground up by a custom installer. For office tasks, the bed can simply be tilted up out of the way, then lowered at night for your guests.

Don’t forget to think about comfort. By installing a smart thermostat, you’ll be able to maintain a pleasant temperature in the room when you’re there, and keep it down when it’s not used, which will help you additionally cut costs. 

Office/Kitchen

It may not sound practical to have your office space with important documents and your personal computer or laptop close to a heat source, crumbs, or spilled drinks, you just might find a very convenient nook for your workstation that will match the rest of the kitchen and be far enough from the typical kitchen mess.

You can make your desk blend effortlessly by using the same elements, have it tucked into a corner with just enough room for a desktop and a chair. With clever shelving and top cabinets, you’ll have enough storage for your work-related material, office supplies, and electronics.

Office/Playroom

The idea of having your home office in a playroom full of toys might seem impractical, but similar to your guest room, this room is also vacant for the most part of the day, when your kids are at school or practice, doing their homework, or playing outside.

Your main concern besides brining in a desk and chair is to create some sort of separation between your work area and the rest of the room. This can easily be done with adjustable shelving system that can create a mock wall but still be light enough with ample storage both for toys and your office material and gadgets you might need while working.

Office/Laundry Room

This laundry room easily doubles as a home office space with a built-in desktop and hidden file drawers. Plenty of electrical outlets enable easy recharging for laptops and smartphones. Image: TwistTours.
This laundry room easily doubles as a home office space with a built-in desktop and hidden file drawers. Plenty of electrical outlets enable easy recharging for laptops and smartphones. Image: TwistTours.

If you have designed a large laundry and utility room in your home, you can take advantage of that extra space and set up your home office. By adding a desk, free-standing or built-in, you can easily maximize the space and with the existing shelves already there for your laundry, you’ll have abundant space to store your office supplies. 

The greatest advantage of this space is the fact that it’s usually separated from the rest of the house, so you’ll be able to have peace and quiet when you do your work, talk to your clients on the phone, or make business deals with your partners in a video conference call.

Onward to Productivity

Whatever the size of your home is, there are always ways you can get creative and make the most of what you have. Hopefully, ideas listed here will help you see the advantages of dual-purpose rooms.

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Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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