Saturday, April 4, 2009

Small Space Home Office

Do you have a spare bedroom, empty hallway, corner, closet or even kitchen island? If you do think of a creative way to convert them into a home office, take a look at some of the images I found when looking through Better Homes and Gardens to get inspiration. These spaces the perfect place to incorporate a home office.

Kitchen Niche~ Pay bills and cook a casserole without ever leaving the room. All this is possible with a desk conveniently located in the kitchen corner. Let the spaces flow into one another by using the same material for your counter tops and desktop. Also, create drawers from cabinets that match those in the kitchen. Here shelves recessed into the wall provide extra storage and display areas.

Smooth Transition~Utilize spare kitchen space by adding adjustable wire shelving to bare walls. Create a seamless transition by continuing the kitchen color scheme in the under-desk storage area.

Island Hideaway~ Add office space to the list of many functions the kitchen island provides. A convertible table slides out on heavy-duty glides from this island. Three sides of the table flop out to form a curved edge, making it perfect spot for a homework station, setting up a laptop, or paying bills.

Office on a Budget~ Put a small closet to work. Adding file cabinets under a low shelf and wire shelving above turns a boring linen closet into a clever and inexpensive work space. The best part of this space is its easy cleanup -- just shut the door.

Guest Quarters~ The spare bedroom shouldn't just be for guests. Put the room to work by turning the closet into an office. Use an L-shaped extension to create additional work space. When guests arrive, the table can be folded down like an ironing board and stored behind the closet doors. Shelving near the ceiling is perfect for storing books.