No doubt about it. Home offices and computer workspaces are essential to the modern household. But that doesn’t mean these areas need to be sterile or cluttered cubicles. Instead, organize and use your sense of design to create the ideal office or work area.
Now You See It, Now You Don’t
If you don’t want to disrupt the look and feel of a room, consider using an attractive computer hutch that complements the décor. Or, choose a secretary desk you can close up to put the paperwork out of sight.
Find Your Niche
Tuck your computer area into a niche. This can be underneath a staircase or even in a closet. The trick is to make the most of what you have available to create a workspace that doesn’t get in the way. A mezzanine bed with a computer desk underneath is a great idea for a teen.
One of the first rules of a home office is to organize your space well. That means bookshelves, cabinets and storage systems that keep the clutter at bay. Pick up some cord covers at a home improvement store or go with something creative like this or these.
Play Office, Grown-Up Style
If you own a newer home, you probably have a room that’s meant to be a den or office. Otherwise, convert an existing spare bedroom. Make it yours, functional but personalized and comfy. Use colors you like and make the most of natural light. For your desk and chair, attractive and clever looks great, but make sure they’re ergonomically correct if you’re going to spend a lot of time working in your office.
Got to Be Kidding
Create kid-friendly workspaces, away from the distraction of television. Newer homes often have a built-in computer desk, sometimes in the kitchen area. You can also put a desk for one or two in a kids’ bedroom.
For more ideas, some Internet browsing will spark your imagination. If you’re buying a Taylor Morrison home, be sure to consider your home office when visiting the Design Studio, where a design professional will help you with ideas.