7 Tips to Make Your Living Room Double as a Home Office

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While not everyone has the luxury of a spare room to turn into a home office, with a little creativity, you can easily transform your living room into the perfect working environment.

Sofa Desk

Working remotely is definitely on the rise, and many of us would gladly ditch the commute and the cubical to get our job done from home. However, some people may feel they simply don’t have the space or setup required to work from home, especially those living in a small apartment. But don’t let this hold you back – there are still options!

While not everyone has the luxury of a spare room to turn into a home office, with a little creativity, you can easily transform your living room into the perfect working environment. And best of all, you can easily convert it back in the evening when it’s time to unwind and relax.

With that in mind, here are seven innovative ways to make your living room double as a home office, so you can ditch rush hour and office politics, and work distraction free from home!

1. Introducing…the Sofa Desk

Sofa tables can provide the perfect alternative to an office desk. Shaped like the letter “C”, the base of a sofa table slides under your couch allowing the table top to rest above the legs, eliminating the need to bend forward. Working sat on a comfy sofa rather than a cramped desk definitely sounds far more appealing to us!

Bear in mind that most sofa tables are designed to be just big enough for a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits and a remote control. However, if you look around you should be able to find one big enough for a laptop and perhaps even a small notepad too. Choose one that fits your existing décor and you’re good to go.

Due to its small size, your new sofa desk should be pretty easy to store when not in use, although you may even find yourself using it after working hours, particularly if you’re a fan of the illustrious pizza and a pint combination to end the week!

2. Get Wired

If you’re attempting to make your living room double as a home office, Bluetooth is an invaluable tool. You can sync your television with your computer and enjoy the convenience of a large screen that is probably even better than the one you have at work. Add a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you’re set!

While you probably don’t want to work on a 50” plasma screen all the time, you’ll find the option useful if you’re doing a task that requires multiple windows – never a lot of fun on a 14” laptop!

3. File Your Documents in Style

Alright, so now you have a brand new sofa desk and can make your TV double as a computer. But what about all of those loose documents and files? Where can you put them so they don’t clutter up the room, but are still easily accessible when you need them?

One option we like is to replace your television stand with a vintage dresser or even a long wooden filing cabinet. This provides attractive support for your television and a handy storage space all in one.

If that doesn't work for your living room arrangement, then try the same idea but with your sofa end tables instead. Get a stylish pair of filing cabinets that fit with your décor and perhaps even throw on some castor wheels so you can pull the cabinet to you, rather than you going to it!

4. Coffee Table & Footstool Storage

Storage Footstool

Cambridge Storage Stool from SofaSofa

Another great storage idea for your living room office is to utilise your coffee table or footstool. Invest in a large trunk or storage footstool, in lieu of a more traditional single purpose coffee table or pouffe. This piece can now serve as not only a stylish coffee table, but also as a place to store your laptop and other office items.

5. Divide the Room

If you're lucky enough to have a larger living room, you could consider dividing the room to create a custom space in one corner. Select a back wall or corner and search the web for free standing room dividers.

If you wanted to take it a step further, you could even meet with a carpenter to help you design a floor to ceiling divider. Paint it to match your existing living room décor and you’ll have a stunning custom space that doubles as both a storage area and a home office.

6. The Lion, the Witch, and the...Office Wardrobe?

If you have a freestanding wardrobe or a built in cupboard in your living room, yet another option is to convert this space into a workstation. For this to work, you’ll need a cupboard that is relatively deep with removable shelves, enabling you to fit a small desk inside.

An “office wardrobe” is a great way to conceal your workstation in seconds at the end of the work day. When the doors are closed, the cupboard will appear to be nothing more than a standard piece of furniture. However, open the cupboard the next day, and you’re set to resume business. Best of all, it doesn’t interfere with your existing living room setup!

7. Bring Back the Bureau

The old fashioned bureau-style desk doesn’t get a lot of love these days, but it’s high time we brought it back, we say! The beauty of the bureau is how stylish and un-desk-like it looks when it’s not in use - it really is a classy piece of living room furniture in its own right.

However, the bureau is also the ultimate space saving desk – pull the front panel down when it’s time to work, close it up when you’re done, and viola!

Posted in Uncategorized on 26th Sep 2014

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