Everyone agrees that achieving a good work-life balance is critical to a happy life and home. But what about those of us who work from home, especially those without a spare room to convert to an office? When your family room gets mixed together like some bad DJ mash-up, it’s time to take a step back and re-imagine your space!
Combine Your Space
Turning two rooms into one is no small task. Sure, you can just drop a desk anywhere in your family room and call it an office, but it’s possible to be classy and multifunctional at the same time. The size of the room, to a degree, can help dictate placement. If your space is small, making it difficult to separate the sofa and desk, try floating both in the room back to back. Putting the desk directly behind the sofa and anchoring them in an off-center middle part of the room can give you much needed separation. The desk can also pull double-duty, working as a sofa table.
Define Your Space
If you’re lucky enough to have the space to completely decouple your office from your living furniture, you’ll still want to keep both spaces distinct. Your productivity at work will increase and your life will be less stressful once you “head home” from the office. Delineate your space physically and mentally with room-defining decor.
Defining your living room from your home office means making them appear to be different but complementary. Separate the space by incorporating a rug that marks the perimeter of your office. The color and design of the rug should be different than that of the living area. Spell out in no uncertain terms where your workspace begins and ends. The rug should be large enough that the entire desk and chair can sit on top and frame the space completely.
Outer space is defined as the void between celestial bodies. While it’s impossible to put a universe between your free time and work hours, you can enclose your office in a shared space. A freestanding bookcase can turn one room into two without losing any square footage. Choose a bookcase that is open-backed and finished on both sides so it still looks great whether you’re in your office chair or lounging on the sofa. You’ll break up the space without losing any light or making the room feel small.
Unite Your Space
It may seem counterintuitive, after spending all this time separating your space, to try to tie it all back together. It is, however, still the same room and should have some design consistencies. Use similar decor, patterns, or accent colors to subtly unite the two spaces. Try identical pillows for both the sofa and the office chair. You could also use a desk lamp that matches a floor lamp in the living space also help unify separated spaces within the same room.