Creating a shared bedroom and office setup is now easier than ever with the wide range of furniture, styles, and storage options available. Your bedroom is a peaceful and quiet space perfect for creating a calm and focused work environment. Here are a few tips to turn your bedroom into a multi-functional area.
1. Utilize the Space Efficiently
Even if you have a smaller bedroom, the home office space you have dreamed of is still possible. A bedroom desk is just what you will need to feel motivated and ready to tackle your workload. Choose a narrow desk that fits the essentials and saves on horizontal real estate, or go for a small corner desk that fits snugly in unused space.
Narrow bedroom desk
Another option for optimizing your area is to make use of the wall space above your desk. Build vertically and enjoy the ground space you will salvage. Floating shelves double as a storage area and a decorative aspect. Fill them with mementos and photos of your family for inspiration, and use the rest of them for desk accessories and whatever else does not fit on your desktop.
The area beneath a desk is an often overlooked wealth of unused space. You can easily add storage containers or drawers beneath any sized desk to keep nonessentials out of sight. This makes for a cleaner and more appealing space to relax at the end of the day.
2. Use Multipurpose Furniture
When you are limited for space, you need to make your furniture work double duty to free up floor space and avoid clutter, which is detrimental not only to your productivity but also to restful sleep.
Traditional bedroom design
One of the best ways to use your space efficiently is by placing a desk next to your bedside that also functions as a nightstand. Keep your nighttime essentials in the drawer and use the surface as an efficient work area.
3. Invest in an Ergonomic Chair
It is important to invest in a seat that is beneficial to your health. Bad posture while working is not only bad for you physically, often leading to lower back pain and other health issues, but is also detrimental for your mental wellbeing. If your job requires you to sit for long periods, look for a chair with lumbar support.
Also, look for features like a backrest that conforms to the natural shape of your spine, adjustable armrests, height adjustment controls, and breathable upholstery.
If you are limited on space, consider an ergonomic stool that is the perfect complement for a standing desk because you simply slide it under the desk when not using it. This portable option keeps your back straight while you work.
4. Designate Work and Sleep Spaces
Putting an office in your bedroom is a space-saving and convenient way to create a home office, but if you are someone who likes to have work and home life separate, you can still achieve a balance that works for you.
Consider getting an armoire desk that you can close up at the end of the day, signaling it is time to relax.
If you have a walk-in closet space, transform the area into a compact home office by placing a small desk inside. This allows you to close the doors on your workspace after the day is done.
For a slightly larger bedroom or those that feature an alcove, curtains can divide the room into sleep and work areas, allowing you to create a visual separation between work and rest.
If you rent your property, you can use a tension rod and lightweight curtain panels to avoid giving your bedroom/office a cramped appearance.
5. Manage Cables and Clutter
There are plenty of ways to keep cords under control, from storage boxes to cord stations. When shopping for a small office desk, look for models that come with a cable management feature, which uses grommets or an enclosed channel to bundle cords together and hide them from view.
Clutter is another culprit of anxiety that can be easily remedied with the right storage options. Invest in a smallfiling cabinet for under your desk or containers that slide discreetly under your bed to put away your work things until the morning.
6. Consider Portable Furniture
To separate your workspace from your sleeping area, consider a murphy bed or a wall-mounted desk. Murphy beds are renowned space-savers, and by simply folding the bed up in the morning, you create an instant home office. This may also help you avoid using the laptop in bed, contributing to postural issues and limiting your productivity.
Murphy bed and desk
A wall-mounted desk is ideal for bedrooms with limited floor space. The mounting desk should sit flush against the wall when not in use and easily fold down when you need a work area. To enhance the functionality of the piece, install floating shelves above the unit to keep small office supplies. Larger equipment, such as printers, and bulky supplies like office paper, can be kept in a large plastic container at the bottom of your closet until they are needed.
If you do not have the wall space for a desk or the ability to install a murphy bed, a portable desk on wheels is a great option. Although working from your bed is not recommended, a portable desk on wheels or a laptop tray, along with a firm lumbar support pillow, can help you to create a bed workspace that is supportive and comfortable. Ensure your portable desk has lockable casters for added security and a sturdy metal frame that slides over your bed.
Creating a space that is both conducive to sleep and a productive workday can be challenging. But, with a few simple tweaks to your current bedroom layout and the addition of functional storage and furniture, you can strike the perfect balance between your sleeping and working hours.