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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

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What a time this is for us all. In light of current world events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are faced with the new reality of working from home. Working from home isn’t a new phenomenon, but with so many people taking measures to practice social distancing, it has definitely become a new part of many people’s lives.

And with many families also facing the new reality of homeschooling kids, our homes now need to function in many different ways, all at the same time.

And if you’re one of the many people able to work from home during these unprecedented times, you might find yourself in need of some home office ideas. But not everyone has a spare room that they can dedicate to a workspace. If you’ve been clocking in from your sofa, consider incorporating an office space of some sort into your living room.

To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up 10 clever ways to design a home office in your living room. Have another clever idea for creating an impromptu workspace? Tell us in the comments!

home office in living room1. Place Your Desk Behind The Sofa

Putting a desk behind your sofa is a great option if you have an open floor plan where your sofa “floats” in the middle of your room. Instead of using that space for a console table, bench, or nothing at all, have your sofa’s back and use that empty space as a home office set-up.

This is also an easy way to work in a homework station for kids, especially now that many families are working and schooling from home.

home office in living room2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

Ever heard of the “Cloffice?” With whole households working from home, many people are turning to their closets as impromptu office spaces. You can use your closet as a quiet space to take a call, a place to take a few breaths, or even a full-fledged workspace if needed.

Here we transformed an unused nook area into a mini office set up. This is a clever hack that you can use in any awkward nook, corner, or closet in your home. Just add a desk or table, a chair, and ample lighting and you’ve got a simple office arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

If you don’t need a large office set-up, consider tucking a small desk or even a cocktail table into an unused corner. This will give you an easy dedicated place to set up your laptop and get to work that isn’t the sofa.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms. You can use it as a designated homework zone for kids or set up close by to keep an eye on the action while still having a place to focus.

home office in living room4. Put Built-Ins to Work

If your living space has built-ins, consider incorporating a home office into that set-up. Consider skipping the cupboards in one of the units and install a desk instead. You could even place a desk in front of the built-ins in a pinch and use the shelving space above for extra office organization.

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in your living room’s forgotten spaces. This could be anything from an unused corner or the space next to your sofa. The areas, which often go unused, make great spots to sneak in a workspace.

If you have a side table there currently, consider swapping it out and using that space for a desk instead. This is a great hack because you can still use the desk as a table when you’re not working, so it won’t be as disruptive to your living room’s regular functions.

home office in living room6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Small space or apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage. But this can also be true of any multi-purpose space—like a living room that doubles as a home office.

Consider incorporating an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk into your current layout to a seamless live/work space. Here we placed a desk between two bookcases (normally where the credenza or TV stand would go). This preserves the current layout, adds a home office, and can still function as a stand for TV viewing when you’re ready to clock out for the day.

home office in living room8. Sneak a Desk Into a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open living space, chances are there are walls or pass-through spaces that are going under-utilized. Put these passageways to work by placing a desk there!

Try one with wall-mounted bookcases to increase your storage space as well as adding a workstation. This is also a great way to get the function of built-ins if your space doesn’t have any.

home office in living room9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full desk. A compact wall shelving unit works as both a laptop workstation, a side table, and a bookcase—a triple threat!

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

home office in living room10. Put The Space Under Your Stairs to Work

Got an open staircase? Put that awkward wedge of space to use as a home office! This is a great way to increase your home’s functionality without taking up any extra square footage (as this is a space that would likely otherwise go unused).

Place your desk on the farthest side and work additional storage under the lower clearance. You can also use this as a semi-secluded study spot for kids who are schooling from home.

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Get in the Zone With These 8 Clever Home Office Layout Ideas

These days, more people are working from home than ever before. The “gig economy” means a huge part of the workforce is freelancing instead of reporting to an office. And with the state of technology today we even have the option of having full-time remote jobs with companies all across the globe! All of this is to say that home office design is a top priority for many of us right now.

If you have an office space at home or a plan to design an office, you’ve probably thought about your style preferences—but have you considered the layout? We tend to get excited about office design and decor but office layouts are just as important to think about as you plan! While choosing between types of office designs is a great start, layouts actually impact the functionality of space and your effectiveness at work. Depending on the type of office work you do, your office layout plan might even make or break your productivity!

If you plan on coming up with your own workspace design, read on! This post will show you the importance of office planning with 10 office layout ideas to inspire you!

office layoutThe Standard Desk-Against-the-Wall Layout

Most standard office layouts feature desks against the wall, creating a solid plan for the design. A typical room has all 4 walls as potential options for desks—plan on using one as your basecamp and boom! Your office layout is up and running.

This office layout leaves room for extra seating, which is a great way to plan for guests and coworkers visiting. It even makes a nice spot for a quick power nap to get you through the workday.

This office layout is perfect if your work plan requires a traditional set-up or you want space for extra seating for guests. It’s also ideal if you plan to work on a big monitor and/or have lots of cords because this office layout lets you tuck them away between the wall and desk.

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office layoutDesk Space in an Under-Stair Nook

We love how this office layout makes use of an otherwise hard to fill space. You can make the most of an under-the-staircase space by putting storage in the smallest part under the sloped steps. Use an area rug in your plan to help create a visual “zone” and distinguish your office from the rest of the space.

An office layout like this is a perfect solution if you don’t have a spare room to turn into a dedicated workspace. It is not ideal for someone who doesn’t want to work out in the open i.e if you need to concentrate or plan to host meetings with clients/co-workers. But all in all, this office layout helps make the most of a small and/or awkward space and provides a cozy place to focus!

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office layoutL-Shaped Desk Office Layout

This is an excellent home office layout for multi-use rooms, like an office space that the whole family shares, for example. The L-shaped desk is great for maximizing the usability of the space. The desk tucks nicely into the corner and also saves floor space for other essential furniture. It’s a great multi-purpose space for busy homes!

An office layout like this is great for someone who needs a combined workspace and reading retreat. It’s also ideal for an office layout that family members or roommates will share and use for different things.

Steer clear of this office layout if you are easily distracted from work by cozy relaxation areas because it has plenty of them! It also might not be the best if you need a lot of privacy in your office layout.

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office layoutHome Office in a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open, passthrough space or hallway that can’t serve many other purposes, this office layout can make use of that empty area. It’s a good design for open floor plans or if you don’t have room for a full office. For this look, consider using a desk with closed storage, and place it against the wall so the work area stays tidy and neat (a must-have for offices on display like this).

This office layout is good for someone who works from home but has limited space. It’s also great if you need a study spot for kiddos to do homework and want it to be visible in the main part of the house.

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office layoutThe Perpendicular Desk Layout

Most office designs have a desk facing the wall—but this office layout invites you to go “off script” and turn yours perpendicular. This simple pivot totally changes the feeling of the design and how you can use the room. Not everyone likes having their back facing the open room, for one.

An office design like this also leaves more wall space open for storage and seating options. Somehow the layout creates a sense of airiness, almost like an at-home cubicle but way nicer to work in!

This is a great office layout for someone who wants their work space to feel open and unrestrained. However, it’s not the best layout choice if you get direct sunlight through your windows—you’ll have to deal with a pesky glare on your monitor all day.

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office layoutThe Executive Suite Office Layout

Letting your desk float in the middle of the room lends a more formal feel to an office layout and creates the illusion of more space in close quarters. This design also frees up more wall space for storage. Plus, you still have room for additional seats in front of the desk!

This is a great design if you have frequent meetings at home or if you need an office layout with room to consult with clients. It’s not the best choice if you work on a large monitor and have cords galore to deal with.

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office layoutDual Work and Play Office Layout

This office layout is on double duty as both home office and play space! It’s a multitasking heaven where you can keep an eye on the kids while taking care of business. You can choose to either put the desk up against a wall or float it so you’re facing into the room and can keep an eye on kiddos nearby.

To make sure this office layout can accommodate two separate areas, make sure you use light, movable pieces that can easily be rearranged. The kid’s table and stools are light enough to be moved to another space if you need to use the room for a meeting.

This office layout works best for busy parents who freelance or need a home office space where kids can hang out too. It’s not ideal if you need a private space to work where you can concentrate or if you have a tiny room that can’t fit quite so many items.

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office layoutBistro Home Office Set-Up

We love this modern office layout with a tall desk and high chair as a workstation. It’s an ideal layout for studios or loft spaces where you don’t want a bulky desk taking up half the apartment. This is a good hack for people who like the option of standing as they work but don’t own an adjustable height desk.

Plus, this office layout leaves more room for under-desk storage! It’s a perfect solution if you have a small live and workspace or if you feel more energized in an elevated seat or standing at a tall desk while you work.

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Not Sure What To Do With the Space Above Your Bed? No Problem.

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When it comes to affordable and stylish ideas for bedrooms, you can’t beat the colorful and instant impact of some thoughtfully curated wall art. We like to think of art, whether it’s above your bed frame or alongside it, as jewelry for the bedroom. It’s the decorative accessory that can truly brighten up your sleep space and add a pop of personality.

The big question with art, as with all home decor, is what should you hang in your bedroom? Are there art options other than paintings and photos that can work in the bedroom? And what’s the best way to fill an empty wall space?

To help you answer all those questions, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring bedroom wall decor ideas that are stylish, budget-friendly, and easy to pull off. We’ve also included some quick tips for how to make wall art work in your space. Find it all below!

bedroom wall decor1. Hang A Statement Mirror

Among bedroom wall decor ideas, hanging an oversized mirror above your bed is guaranteed to add major bold appeal. It creates a dazzling focal point and it reflects light and will open up your space to make it feel larger and airier, no matter the style or size of your room.

We’re fans of this master bedroom that captures our idea of livable elegance, with its pops of pink and blue and it’s clean and cozy vibe. Try this light, pastel approach at home by keeping to a soft color palette and offsetting it with crisp whites.

Combine it all with a uniquely shaped mirror that’s visually interesting and has a bit of sculptural flair. It will serve as an eye-catching, functional piece of wall art that works nicely with the soft hues.

bedroom wall decor2. Show Off Your Collections

In small bedrooms where floor space is limited, think vertical. The wall area above and around your bed is the perfect spot for hanging art and a shelf that showcases your favorite objects, whether it’s a set of art prints or photographs and memorabilia from your travels.

Take a cue from this rustic-industrial modern bedroom, where wall shelving and matching mini gallery wall add function and warmth to the bed corner. It’s probably one of the coziest bedroom wall decor ideas we’ve seen. (Fair warning: It’s probably best for those of you who don’t live in earthquake zones!) It all goes perfectly with the room’s clean-lined yet earthy mid-century vibe.

If you’re looking to bring this look home, make sure to choose a streamlined shelving piece and keep to neutral art and warm wood tones that are in line with the modern look.

bedroom wall decor3. Get Bold With Color

Take an out-the-box approach to your bedroom wall decor by painting your walls a bold color to stand in as your main visual focus. Use negative space and captivating wall color to add impact and create a backdrop that lets your furniture pieces shine.

In this minimal-industrial master bedroom, the monochromatic blue walls give the room a bold and clean look. The color also helps set off the dark-metal canopy bed and sculptural light fixture, making them showpieces.

To reimagine this look in your own space, consider bold yet soothing wall colors, such as shades of green or neutrals, and pull in furnishings with strong lines that contrast with your walls. It’s a simple way to recreate this cool yet industrial look while still maintaining a cozy and comfy vibe.

bedroom wall decor4. Play Up A Decorative Headboard

Another way to work wall art into your bedroom without going the traditional route? Opt for a large, intricately designed headboard. It’s one of our favorite functional decor ideas for any bedrooms that have high ceilings and not that many wide empty walls for art. It’s also perfect if you want to make a statement without relying on tons of art and wall decor that could look visually cluttered in narrow wall spaces.

When it comes to bedroom ideas that involve headboards, you can go wrong with a decorative boho glam design. There are endless options, from carved styles to ones upholstered with bright global patterns. But all are guaranteed to add artful color and flair to any bedroom.

If you love this glam, boho look above, start by looking for a stylish headboard that has a global aesthetic to it and pair it with a similar palette of light blues, pinks, greens, and reds. Finish with some pretty art and textiles in the same palette, and you’re all set.

bedroom wall decor5. Build Up Bedside Art Moments

If you’re more of a contemporary minimalist but not one that’s all about spare, empty spaces, this one’s for you. Instead of going for big moments above your bed or painting your walls, turn your bedside tables into artful displays. Within our endless bedroom wall decor ideas list, this one is the most practical and affordable for any bedroom, as it makes the most of a space you’ll interact with on a daily basis.

Try hanging abstract art on both sides of your bed to create a symmetrical look and install matching wall lights to add further balance. Sconces can also relieve you from needing table lamps if you want more space on your nightstand to display art or use it to hold books, your phone, jewelry, and other small objects.

We love the clean-lined contemporary look of this bedroom, which is easy to translate into your own home. Just start with neutral pieces that have simple lines but are big on comfort, like a white tufted headboard or a black dresser with gold hardware. Then just layer on your bedside with art and accents that have aspects of those designs and details.

bedroom wall decor6. Make It Easy With a Decorative Tapestry

Among our designers’ favorite wall decor ideas for the bedroom is hanging a distinct textile hanging piece above the bed. This is an easy alternative to bedroom wall art that instantly gives a space a modern boho vibe.

Look for one with a geometric design and minimal colors if you’re going for a more casual but cozy feel, or take it all the way eclectic with a bright tapestry piece that adds impact with color. The idea here is to let your wall hanging be the main focus amid your other furnishings, so try to keep to neutral pieces and light wood tones.

Stylist tip: This is a great hack if your bed frame doesn’t have a headboard. Hanging an oversized tapestry in its place can help visually define the area and give your room a pop of personality!

bedroom wall decor7. Set A Scenic Backdrop

Wallpaper is, without a doubt, the most statement-making approach to wall art in the bedroom. It’s also one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that never goes out of style. If you’re ready to take a bold leap in the wallpaper direction, try starting with a nature-themed covering and using it on the wall behind your bed to create an accent wall that tells a visual story. We especially love it as a dramatic focal point in a small bedroom.

The key to making wallpaper work is lean into its style roots by going for a more eclectic and glam look with your furnishings. Think natural materials, like wood, brass, and marble, along with pieces that have bold dramatic silhouettes and details to them. Finish it all off with plants and greenery that tie back to your nature-themed wallpaper.

bedroom wall decor8. Frame Your Windows

If you have large windows in your bedroom, you might not even need wall art. Instead, place your bed in front of your windows and hang curtains behind to create an illuminated focal point. When it comes to unconventional bedroom wall decor ideas, this is by far our favorite since it’s simple but feels incredibly sophisticated and elevated.

With this layout, you’ll want to keep to a modern classic approach with furnishings, which means tried-and-true pieces that have clean lines and are which are functional, comfortable, and easy to mix-and-match. To really set off your windows, surround it with dark neutrals and earth tones, be it through curtains, an upholstered headboard, a pair of black nightstands, or a mix of dark and light-hued pillows.

9. Consider A Piece of Sculpture

For art that adds depth and shape to your bedroom, hang a big sculpture piece above your bed to make a true statement. It’s one of those bedroom wall decor ideas that’s often overlooked since many people tend to gravitate toward paintings and photographs by default. But an oversized sculpture is great if you’re looking to bring in an unexpected touch.

Look for a large sculptural piece with a captivating design that has bold lines, which will play up the organic modernist look we’ve been seeing all over and loving. But really there are no rules when it comes to picking a wall sculpture for your room, except that it should be big and eye-catching. The idea is that with one big sculptural piece, there’s no need to hang lots of other smaller art pieces.

bedroom wall decor10. Try a Simple Pair of Pendant Art Pieces

Simple and chic, you can’t beat the curated look of a set of art prints from one series. Hang a pair (or a trio or an entire collection of six or eight) over your bed to create a gallery wall focal point that draws attention no matter where you are in the room.

Among our favorite picks are a series of squiggly line drawings or abstract shapes in straightforward primary colors. They’re sure to add a mod and fresh look that’s impactful without overwhelming your space. Be sure you opt for matching frames for your pieces from the same art series. Simple black or wood frames will help continue the understated look. If you’re at a loss for bedroom wall decor ideas, this is one of the easiest ways to work art that looks stylish and purposeful into your space.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.

The Space: A small, square home office

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.

Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!

It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.

Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office

Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.

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The key elements:

Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.

Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.

Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.

Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
  • Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
  • Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
  • Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.

 

Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone

Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.

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The key elements:

Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.

Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.

Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
  • Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
  • Want a space that helps hone your focus.
  • Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
  • Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.

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7 Design Hacks for When Your Bedroom is also Your Home Office

bedroom office designWouldn’t it be nice if your morning commute consisted of simply waking up and walking a few steps across the room? With the work-from-home trend on the rise, that dream is becoming a reality for many people! And whether you’re working full-time from home, need a place to study, or just want a dedicated space that isn’t your sofa to answer emails, a home office is a great solution to limit distractions and get your brain into work-mode.

Unfortunately, not everyone has an extra room they can dedicate to a home office. But, with a little creativity, you can create an office space in your bedroom! Surprising as that may sound, your bedroom can be that peaceful spot you need, away from the distractions of the main living area. Ready to get to work? Here are 7 ways to create a bedroom that also doubles as a comfortable and stylish office.

bedroom office designMaster Bedroom Office Design

If you have a spacious master bedroom, consider incorporating a full desk set-up for your workday. You can make use of an open wall or, even better, a wall with windows because who doesn’t love working with a view?

But don’t let your workspace cramp your bedroom style. Make sure you have enough space to walk around and pick furniture that won’t be an eyesore. Look for a chair that tucks under the desk to create more space when you’re not working. And a desk with plenty of storage to tuck away supplies will help you strike the perfect work-life balance, visually.

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bedroom office designSmall Bedroom With a Desk Space

If you’ve got only a small bedroom to work with, try swapping out your nightstand for a desk. This gives you all the functionality of both a desk and nightstand in one and it also means you have one less furniture piece to purchase! If you go for this set-up, be sure to place your reading lamp on the inside edge of the desk to keep it accessible for both working and reading in bed.

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bedroom office designHome Office With a Sofa Bed

Guest rooms are great, but they can feel like a waste of space the other 350 days of the year when you don’t have visitors. If this sounds familiar, make your guest room work year-round as your home office!

You can either go the route of a full-sized bed with a desk set-up, or – if you plan to use this office on the regular – try designing a space with a sofa bed to create a fully-functional office that can quickly convert to a guest room when needed.

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bedroom office designOffice With a Daybed

If you have a room that’s super tight on space, consider an office with a daybed. Without a full-size bed, you can incorporate a larger desk, a bookshelf, and a comfortable chair without feeling too cramped. The daybed has a smaller footprint and offers a place to relax during working hours and the flexibility of a sleeping space for the occasional couch-surfing guest.

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bedroom office designBookcase With a Desk

If you think you absolutely don’t have room for a workspace, think again! This design sneaks an office space into even the smallest bedrooms or living rooms, and it can even fit into an entryway or pass-through space. What is this magical solution? A wall-mounted bookcase!

Many bookcase models come with an option that features a desk in place of lower shelves. This makes for a handy workspace that won’t take up extra floor space. This is also a great way to combine functional storage with a workspace. Now all you need it to find a comfortable chair (or steal one from your dining room table) and voila! Your very own home office.

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bedroom office designWorkstation in a Kid’s Room

Kids rooms can quickly get cluttered up with all kinds of stuff – but there’s no arguing that your budding scholar needs a proper workspace, too! If your kiddo doesn’t need a huge desk, you can try tucking a simple and sleek option into the corner. Even take a cue from small spaces and make it double as a nightstand. This way, they have a designated place to tackle homework or get creative with some arts and crafts.

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bedroom office designDesk Under a Loft Bed

Got a teenager who wants their space to feel grown-up and trendy? This cool, loft bedroom office design might do the trick. The empty space below the top bunk is the perfect spot for a cozy desk set-up that will also save floor space. This is also a great way to extend the life of the bunk bed you just bought a few years ago!

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