This is the third post in my "How to Design in a Small Space" series. Check out my bedroom spruce up and decluttering posts if you haven't yet.
My husband and I both work from home, and about a month ago, we decided that working from the kitchen table and bed while Oliver ran screaming between us was just not working anymore. My husband needed the ability to close a door, sit at a desk, and focus during the day while I needed a place to work from at night. The problem is, we live in a 2 bedroom apartment. We didn't have anywhere to put a desk- so we thought.
I can't tell you the number of times I have rearranged our apartment to fit in more furniture! In our home, we have our master bedroom, Oliver's nursery, and then a large open space that holds the kitchen, dining room, and living room. The only option for an office where we would be able to close the door was our bedroom. When I walked in our bedroom to see if we could make it work, I didn't think it was possible. We needed a large desk to accommodate all of our stuff (We work for 5 companies between the 2 of us!) and at that time had a bed, dresser, and 3 end tables in the room.
Here is the best tip I can give you: A desk can serve the same function as an end table. I realized that with my end table, the space between the end table and the bed, and the space between the end table and the wall, we had the exact amount of space to fit in a desk! For the sake of the photos, I move the bed a bit so I could have some space on either side of the desk, but in reality, there are 2 inches between the desk and both the bed and the wall.
What use to go in the nightstand now goes in a basket under the desk. I keep my chargers, Bible, blanket, and book in that basket and the desk holds my lamp. I was even able to slide the end table into the closet to use as extra storage! Now that we have the desk in the bedroom, I can't believe I thought it wouldn't fit or would look cluttered.
Best news is- we paid $99 for this desk at Overstock and right now it is on sale for $82! Plus, if you are on their email list, wait until they send out a discount code and use that to save even more.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
1. Always go UP. I mentioned this in my decluttering post. If you need drawers and storage space, go up instead of down or out. A desk that is tall and thin will give you the same amount of storage space but take up less room.
2. Add greenery. You will notice that I have tons of plants on our desk (I'm sure they will be replaced by superhero statues and comic books if my husband in no time). Since you are making your office in a bedroom, you still want it to feel homey and welcoming. Plants are a must!
3. Stay Organized. You don't want you bedroom to start looking cluttered and junky. Stock up on baskets, pencil holders, planners, etc. Anything to keep from having cords, pens, and paper scattered around the desk.
4. Add a rug. Since our office is in our bedroom, I wanted to give it a different flooring to make the space seem separate from the rest of the room. Having a rug under the desk will give it that designated space feel. This trick will also work if you are putting a desk in the living or dining room. Adding a rug separates it from the rest of the room.
I write all of this to say- don't get discouraged! If you need a desk and you don't have a room that you could use as an office, there is always a way!
Porter Desk || White Eiffel Chair || Rug- Hippy Soft Blue || Stationary, Pencils and Planner || Lamp (old from Target)- similar here and here || White Ceramic Planter with Gold Details || White and Yellow Ceramic Planter || Desert Wall Hanging || Evangeline Magnolia Bloom Print || Orange Basket
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I am 25 years old with a 2 year old son and a wicked handsome husband living in Birmingham, Alabama.