Need a home office but don’t have a room? Thinking about your bedroom? Before deciding on your bedroom, consider your answers to these questions. Will more then one person be working at the desk and at what times? Do you need this area for working on projects that require quiet concentration? Do you need a large work area where you will be leaving your work laid out? Do you need quick and easy access to your files, books or materials?
I always prefer to place an office area in a room other than the bedroom if it is going to be used for work. Your bedroom should be a room where you can go to rest and let go of the work activities of the day. But if the bedroom is the best place for you, place it where you will not have a direct view of it from the bed. Your mind needs time to rest and relax and you might not be able to do that if you are lying in bed looking at work that needs to be done.
One option, place it in a corner and use a folding screen to hide it, any clutter and paperwork you’re working on. To make the closed screen look, like a part of the room and not something hiding the desk, accessorize the corner. Place a floor plant, an uplight and large floor accessory on the side you will not be opening and closing. Or disguise the corner with draperies you can drop down at night.
If your bedroom is large enough, try angling your bed and bringing it out into the room enough to place the desk behind the bed. Now, you don’t want the desk to act as your headboard, so you’ll need one. Make sure to leave enough room so that you can easily get behind the bed to your office area. If you don’t have the room to angle, bring the bed straight out from the wall.
Need more storage along with a desk? Build a unit with two bookcases and attach a desk top in-between or use a free-standing desk. Use bi-fold doors, a folding screen or drapery panels to conceal the desk area.
Other ideas are to use a roll-top desk, armoire, decorative writing desk or even a baker’s rack. If your desk will be open to view, purchase attractive desk accessories to keep your desk organized and the clutter out of view.