Small space living means that you need to make the most out of your home. For example, you may need to make a spare room function as both a home office and a playroom for your kids. How do you make one room serve these different needs? With a little bit of creativity and some foresight, you can craft an efficient dual office/playroom.
Protect Your Office Materials
When a room is doing double-duty as an office and playroom, you’ll need to keep your office tools and toys separate. You’ll also need to protect your “grown-up items” like staplers and scissors from small kids. If you need to keep important documents secure, invest in filing cabinets and desks that you can lock. Install wall shelves to keep your work items out of reach of children. If you have any USB drives or other valuable data, get a lockbox or password-secured safe to keep them safe from curious kids.
The more you can store and hide, the cleaner this small space living area will look. It will also be better equipped to handle multiple functions. Both toys and office supplies should be stored securely and in a way for quick clean up and transitions. For example, a few bookcases and wall units can store plenty of items yet still blend in an office. Integrating fabric storage bins into these units looks professional while also hiding any toys or office supplies that aren’t in use. The best part is that these pieces look well in an office and child’s environment.
Use Multifunctional Furniture
Who says that your sofa is just for lounging? Get a comfortable sleeper sofa to expand your room’s potential. A sleeper sofa is a great place for kids to relax, nap, or watch a few shows, but it can also be your place to recline while working on your laptop.
Keep It Safe
When you have both office work and kid spaces to consider, you should make safety a priority. Though adults can be mindful of guarding expensive furniture, kids aren’t usually as careful. Therefore, use furniture that you can anchor to the wall and soften any sharp corners. Keep kid-proofing items on-hand. Devices like corner guards, plug protectors, and latch guards can keep kids from opening closet doors and getting hurt from electricity or sharp corners.
Following these tips can help you create a dynamic playroom/office that will delight you and your children for years.