Not every home has extra rooms or even much additional space to designate to a home office. For renters or city dwellers, the only square footage to spare may need to be carved out of a large hallway, foyer, or bedroom closet. While storage space is highly coveted in a home of any size, those looking to create a cozy home office workspace can get savvy with a little closet organization and space-saving purchases.
After clearing out the unnecessary clutter, push hanging items like jackets or clothing to either side of the closet and install a pull down desk in the back of the closet. Pull down desks come in many shapes and sizes. From compact secretary desks, to wall-mounted desks that pull down and fold up, work from home office space is versatile and an opportunity to get creative.
If you’re already planning to move and know you will be working from home full- or part-time, consider purchasing a new home with a home office workspace established in the floor plan. By purchasing a home with a home office already built in, there will be no need to sacrifice a bedroom, the dining room table, or even a closet to get your work-from-home needs met.
Separate home office workspace is especially beneficial for those who use more than a laptop and a cellphone during the work day. A spacious home office can accommodate a printer, filing cabinets, your home’s router, as well as additional furniture like an armchair or a standing desk. As you hunt for homes with designated work space, keep in mind everything that you need in a day to be productive. This should help you narrow your home search.
If you work from home regularly, you’ll also want to consider your comfort and need for privacy when making your decision. For parents, in particular, consider buying a new home with a convenient home office workspace off the family room with French doors, providing a quiet space where you can still keep an eye on the kids. If you don’t have kids or someone else will be watching them during work hours, consider a secluded spot such as an open loft area on the second floor. In a new home construction, you have more options to make the office space fit your needs versus simply working in a bedroom office.
Either way, making your home office comfortable and productive is the key. It all depends on your workspace needs and future plans — not only for work but for your family. Take a look at the floor plans at Union Park by Hillwood for some inspiration for your home office.