DIY STORAGE SOLUTIONS
GUEST ROOM OFFICE
If you have the space, then using the guest room is perfect. Best way to incorporate the guest bed with an office is to build in a compact wall unit equipped with shelves, drawers, desk, a computer centre and a variety of slide –out and pull down work surfaces to increase your work space.
UNDER THE STAIRS
If you can utilise the space vacant under your stairs and fit shelves all the way down …. It is a perfect hideaway desk, office space. Once again use a slide out work surface and a tuck under stool so you have space but it can all be closed off when not in use. Or alternatively make it a showpiece! Have the shelves and cupboards all painted the same colour and have favourite pieces showing that enhance your technology.
An important feature of a good home office is a sense of separation from other household activities and if a complete separate room is out of the question, convert a built in cupboard which can be locked away.
Good lighting and electrical outlets need to be added and open shelves for books and equipment for easy access which can be closed off when not in use. Folding or sliding doors can hide the clutter at day’s end.
IN THE ATTIC
If there is room in the attic, don’t just store unused items, build in a clever home office with all the required connections. Great for adding value to your home by adding an extra room which is cleverly designed to use all the space ‘under the eaves’!
Don’t overlook the kitchen as a possible location for a home office/desk space.
Even a tight ‘Galley’ can cleverly do double duty as a makeshift office. Underneath a benchtop in a cupboard, install a pull out computer holder. A decorative stool can be placed in a corner with a pot plant on top when not in use.
Alternatively, if you have more space, convert cabinets for leg room and a slim drawer for all your office accessories/tools.