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Where to put a home office

As more people work from home, you need to find the space to set up a small home office.

15/07/2018

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There are a lot of corporate organisations that are making it easier for employees by letting them work from home. Whether you work full-time at home or just need to bring home work occasionally, you're going to need a place to set up office. We decided to research the best home office ideas

If you have the space to set up a home office, then all fine and well. But few of us actually have a dedicated space that we can afford to lose, especially in a small house or townhouse. When this is the case you need to look at alternatives for where you can set up a practical space to be able to work in peace and quiet.

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A large bedroom or spacious walk-in closet might be the solution for many. It's a room that is separate from the rest of the house and generally affords you to quiet that you need to get down to work.

 

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If you're looking at this option to set up a home office, shop for furniture that won't be too obvious. You want pieces that reflect the design of the space and that blend in perfectly. A desk, small or large, should provide you with all the worktop you need without taking up too much space. And if you battle to find a desk that fits perfectly - it's time to put on your tool belt and make one! Believe it or not you can make a desk for a fraction of what it would cost to buy one, plus you get to make one that reflects your personal style and meets all your requirements.

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Should you decide to set up office in a large closet, it's a good idea to have doors fitted to cupboards and hanging space, especially if you might have occasional visitors. You don't want them seeing your personals!

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In the absence of any other space, the bedroom is an ideal solution for a small home office. The only problem with having a home office in the bedroom is making sure you can switch off when you need to. It's also a good idea to be able to disguise the area designated for work so that you can close if off when it's not being used.

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Converting a closet, cupboard or alcove into a small home office is perfect for in a bedroom. You could even build yourself a cupboard that can be closed when you need your office out of sight. If you want to make your own home office in a cabinet, take a look at our Shaker Home Office cabinet, with step-by-step instructions.

In many homes, contractor-grade closets usually incorporate a small dressing table area. This space can be put to good use as a compact office space that uses what's already there and won't cost a cent.

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A spare bedroom - even a small one - is the obvious choice to set up a home office. You can plan the space to incorporate everything you need for a dedicated office space. This is where DIY skills come in very handy unless you're prepared to pay a carpenter or fitter to install all the cabinets and cupboards for you.

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If you're using a spare bedroom that also doubles up as a guest bedroom, it's easy to design a compact home office that doesn't intrude on the space when guests need to stay over.

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Even a small alcove provides you with the opportunity to fit a piece of worktop to serve as a mini home office. Decorate the space to complement the decor in the room and it will be almost unnoticeable.

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Look closely at your living spaces for an area where there is a possibility of setting up a work area. It might be a little nook in a passage, a corner at the top of the stairs, or even a section of your living or dining area where there is a bit of space to spare. Once you've decided on the location, draw up a design and look at materials that can be incorporated to set up office without intruding on your day-to-day living.

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