Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Creating Workspace In Your Home - 13 Inspiring Ideas

Where we work in the confines of our home varies based on who we are, the type of work we do, and the available space in our house.  Let's take a look at 13 rooms for ideas on how to get the space we need.
 
 
 
This is an arrangement that could work as well in a corner of a living or family room as it does in a room of its own.  The desk and chairs could do double duty as intimate dining.  Notice the storage surrounding the window seat.  Free standing furniture could accomplish this look.  Imagine two matching armoires on either side of a window with a storage bench underneath. 

 
 
 
Most of us dream of a craft room like this one, but even if that's not possible we can glean organizing ideas from the photo.  This room is packed with inspiration. 


 
 
Have some attic space available?  This craft room under the eaves boasts built-in storage, skylights and a clean up sink.  Maybe you can't go that far with your attic, but this may encourage you to turn that attic storeroom into a much needed work area.

 
 
 
This home office is small on space, but large on charm.  The good-looking work table placed at an angle lifts it out of the realm of ordinary.  If you have a home office that needs freshening, consider a new placement for your desk or work table.



 
 
This room is a  home office, but imagine if it were a  living room.  A pretty desk and shelf unit could provide minimal yet very useable workspace.
 

 
 
Here's another home office that could just as easily be a living or family room.  A beautiful desk like this really makes a statement and acts as a divider to separate the functions of the room.




 
Installing a glass wall in the corner of a large room creates a home office with privacy.

 
 
 
 
If it seems there's no space in an existing room for a work area, think vertically.  A secretary might just do the job.


 
 
Another vertical solution.  Although this room is designated as a home office, the desk and hutch could easily be part of any other room.
 
 
 
 
This small room barely resembles a home office.  The small chest paired with large floor baskets provide stylish storage. Placing a mirror against the wall gives the illusion of depth.

 

 
 
What to do if there's no available space for an office anywhere in your home?  Consider converting a closet.  This workspace can be hidden when not in use simply by closing the doors.


 
 
This built-in office was created by bumping out the wall into a garage. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dead space under a stairwell can become a home office, too.

Have you solved your own work space problem? 

Consider sharing any home workspace post at Every Room In The House between now and the end of the month.










I'm sharing at these lovely parties:
Every Room In The House at A Joyful Cottage
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage



 

34 comments:

  1. Wow! Every last one of these rooms is just stunning! I do not really have a work area, my kitchen serves as my craft and work space. There is something very charming about that first room. I think that would be my dream area. I could be so creative in that space!! :)

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    1. I agree, Kim. It may be the perfect room. It's certainly my favorite.

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  2. These are awesome Nancy! Great ideas in here for creating an office in small niches around the house for those who can't designate a room.
    Marie @ The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thanks, Marie. I've received comments from a number of my blogging friends about the challenge of finding workspace in their homes. Hopefully this post will give them some ideas to help solve the problem. :)

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  3. I agree - WOW! Give me office space #1 though, I am head over heels in love with it...

    xox

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    1. It's a very pleasing space. I think it's the neutral colors, as well as the beautiful, feminine furniture that speaks to me. Plus, the great windows.

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  4. Great ideas here Nancy . . . I liked the closet office . . .

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    1. Thanks, Lynne. I think the size of the closet really works as an office. Nice to be able to close the doors when not in use.

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    1. Thanks, Su. It's fun to gather ideas, and especially fun to share them. :)

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  6. I just adore those last two...

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    1. They are both great solutions, aren't they? Thanks for visiting, Rose.

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  7. Beautiful inspiration - I just wish I could be that organized.

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    1. Me, too, Donna. That's a post for another day. ;-)

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  8. Oh dear Nancy, you make me feel very guilty! We did get the ceiling scraped and walls painted, new carpet etc. earlier this year BUT have yet to complete our extra bedroom/home office space. Need the tech guy here to work on the computer system and equipment etc., maybe then we can complete the room. I did frame and hang a few of my Africa photos, and bought a new CD cabinet, but then everything came to a standstill with the huge amount of garden chores, family 'stuff', and now preparing for the cruise - we leave Tues.

    I love all these spaces you share - I've a long way to go to get my room looking as beautiful!

    Happy day dear - Mary

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    1. Oh no, Mary, we don't do guilt here at A Joyful Cottage. :) Everything is a work in progress as far as I'm concerned. It sounds like you've made great strides in your spare room. Life is meant to be lived, and you live yours very well. There's always time to work on a project later. Go on that cruise guilt-free and savor every moment. Can't wait to see your post about it. You will post something, won't you?

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  9. Lots of creative ideas here Joy. Love that craft room! Thanks for sharing this roundup with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  10. Oh my gosh Nancy, I am laughing at myself. I am watching Americas Got Talent as I type and I realized that I wrote Joy (for Joyful Cottage) instead of your name. lol! Gotta love it!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Now I'm competing with a TV show????? Haha! You're too funny, my dear friend. Have a great weekend! XO ~ Nancy

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  11. Lots of inspiration here. I had a closet office many years ago. It worked surprisingly well. One of the things I liked best was being able to leave a work in progress - close the door - and go back and get right down to work. Great post!! Now I have the 'rearranging' bug!

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    1. Oh, but isn't it fun to "rearrange"? To get a fresh perspective and then go to work recreating is one of my favorite things to do. Have fun, Susan!

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  12. What an inspiring group of choices and inspiration. Having a desk table is nice for a friend over for lunch, a family game and of course, work! visint from Home Sweet Home. Linda

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Linda. I'm not much of a traditional desk person myself. Working at a table has always felt more comfortable to me. And it is, as you say, more versatile. :)

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  13. My office is an awful mess, for now it's in the living-room, though I don't know if it'll stay there for ever. Your pictures are all very inspiring. The first one is my favourite, I think.

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    1. I think the first one is my favorite, too, Magali. It's very pleasing and really doesn't look like an "office" at all.

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  14. Wonderful examples and ideas - I like the Traditional Home office - I do appreicate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. I really appreciate your visit and kind words. :)

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  15. These are all very beautiful home office ideas and I pinned some for my board. It was very nice to find you on Kathewithane today

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I'm so glad you came for a visit. And it's nice to be pinned. :)

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  16. Great inspiration. Love the work spaces that have been tucked into a closet or under the stairs, great use of space!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. My pleasure, Cindy. Thanks for hosting every week.

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  17. Fantastic inspiration! I love the window seats!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. I've never had a home with a window seat, but it's definitely a part of my dream home. I'm always drawn to rooms that have one.

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