When you work at home, you start to realize how important having the perfect office space is. It needs to feel welcoming, organized and comfortable. However, these three things are not always easy to achieve when you have limited space to work with!
My condo for example is less than 900 sq feet, currently split between my boyfriend, twin brother and I. What was meant to be a temporary living situation has changed to a long-term thing as we put away money to buy our own place. Our space is “cozy” to say the least.
I found that the more I worked from home, the more important it became for me to create my own space. Free of sports memorabilia and man-things, just a space that was perfect for me that could re-inspire me each day. The only trouble? There was no room for me to have a space for myself. That meant I needed to completely redecorate or transition a space to be more work-friendly.
Since our bedroom could barely fit a double bed and a dresser, I really had to brainstorm the best way to maximize our space. Thanks to Structube, I was able to do this all on a budget of $1000.
Here’s how I did it, and how you can get started:
1.) Remove all furnishings from the room.
2.) Measure the length and width of the room, be sure to measure things like exposed heaters, windowsills and closets as that will be space you wont want to use/cover. Ours ended up being 10×12 feet.
3.) Map out your room on paper or on the computer.
4.) Measure the width of the furniture that you want to have in the room. In this case, we needed to know the measurements of the new furniture we were getting. Structube has all dimensions listed online so you can see before you buy.
5.) Use these measurements to draw the items on the map of your room. This will allow you to visualize how much space your selections will take up in your room. You will need to try a few different things to find the best fit.
7.) Get creative. Once you have your space defined, how can you get the most of it? For us, we soon realized that we wouldn’t be able to fit a desk, a dresser and a bed in our space. This meant in order for me to get my own work space, we needed to think outside the box. Instead of buying one, 6-drawer dresser, we decided to get two, 3-drawer dressers that were slightly smaller in width, but had the same amount of space. We then discovered that if we put both dressers at the edge of the room, there was a space between them that was the perfect size for the Eiffel chair that I wanted. Pretty soon the lightbulb went off in my head and I realized that all we needed to do was put a piece of plywood over the top, ensure it was the same colour and we could connect the two dressers to create a desk!
It just so happened that these two Madison dressers fit perfectly along the edge of our window sill, so my desk faces the city, and gets direct sun for most of the day. This created the perfect, bright, welcoming space that I needed! For organization, I used one of the bottom drawers for my office supplies and product storage!
Here’s the final result: