Creating a Dual Space: Turn Your Guest Room into a Workspace
If working from home is your new normal, maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tricky, especially if you’re short on space. Whether you work from home or just need additional workspace, we have some ideas on carving out an area that’s uniquely yours. Keep reading for helpful tips on how to create a functional dual-purpose space in your Invitation Home.
Make it productive
Having an extra bedroom is convenient when hosting guests. But most of the time, this room is forgotten. So how do you make the most of that lightly used space? It’s all about making sure your home office is productive while maintaining a Zen bedroom vibe for your guests. To do this, pick a corner of the room for your desk and chair, and then add a room divider or bookshelf to delineate the two spaces. This will give you the home office you need without overtaking the bedroom.
Keep it simple
It’s still a guest bedroom, so make sure you don’t clutter the desk with office accessories. Pick a low-profile desk that pairs nicely with the existing bedroom décor. Neutral colors like beige, black, and white are great for blending in and not overshadowing the room. Keep the desk tidy and neat by stowing away papers and hiding cords. And if you like to accessorize, mix in earthy tones and keep it minimal.
Storage and shelving
Spending so much time at home has made it more important than ever to maximize your space. Baskets are great for storing items while maintaining a homey feel for your guests. When company arrives, you can clear off your desk and stow away the items in baskets. You will still have easy access to these items when you need them. Add floating shelves above your desk for books and frames. And don’t forget to utilize the space under the bed! Keep bedding and extra linens for guests out of the way with under-bed storage bins.
To complete the perfect dual-purpose space, mix in some texture! The best way to balance a guest room-home office is to design a space you can be creative in while keeping the room warm and tranquil. Drape a fur throw over your office chair and anchor the space with a fringed rug. And finally, add some throw pillows to weave in cozy elements.
Working from home can be challenging, but by incorporating a few of these elements, your work-life balance will improve in no time!
For more inspiration, read our blog on creating a dual-function space for your home office.