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So many people have become used to working at home, whether a hybrid work schedule or full-time. So how can you work at home effectively without interruptions from the family?
Of course, set up a home office. However, there is more than meets the eye to setting up a home office. You usually need space.
This is an authoritative, pragmatic overview of how to use a small combo office setup shared with a guest bedroom.
Are you ready? Let's dive into the deep end.
There are some fundamentals to deal with first. What type of desk and chair will you require? This will be based on how much time you spend using your home office. You may be home just two days each week if you work from home on a hybrid schedule.
If this is the case, you can certainly manage with a simple desk with ample laptop space. A moderately comfortable small chair is all that is required.
If you work from home daily, the parameters of your desk may need to be bigger and a more comfortable chair. It's just how it is.
So what are the solutions available?
If your guest bedroom is small and you need a combo office, then the murphy bed is the logical solution if you are starting from scratch.
This room has been custom designed, but you can buy Murphy beds relatively cheap and install them yourself. The mattress folds away into a clean cabinet-style facade, leaving your bedroom looking more like an office, uncluttered and professional.
It's an easy fix for any small bedroom, and don't worry about the price of the Murphy bed; they come in all shapes and sizes.
Mattresses are standard sizes so your guest bedroom will still be comfortable.
How to achieve this look. You are better with a blank canvas for this project. Murphy beds are easy to install. In most cases, just four fixings are sufficient to hold the cabinet frame in place, and the bed folds away neatly.
You do not need a custom-built solution for desktops. A budget desk and chair will suffice in most cases.
This is the perfect solution if you are using video conferences frequently. It looks as if you have a dedicated office for your company's business.
Guest bedrooms are normally on the small side, and a bed tends to take up all of the space, leaving you with the decision to ditch a perfectly good bed in favor of a desk or work on the kitchen worktop surface.
Murphy beds have great solutions for you. This cabinet fits in a small guest room unobtrusively making it perfect for the bedroom combo home office.
It can still sleep two adults adequately when made into a bed. Here are the dimensions:
Small spaces can be beautiful spaces with just a little thought and design application. Working from home does not mean not being able to be comfortable, and your home bedroom combo will show you your creative side.
Keeping natural tones in a room plays down accents and shows a neutral; type of mindset. It is also quite relaxing.
Light is essential in any small room, and if you can use natural light, you can achieve some fantastic results.
Natural tones and natural materials shine through in the combo office bedroom. The use of wood laminate flooring running lengthwise along the floor to the light makes the room dimensions seem bigger than they actually are.
The use of a bed sofa fits the dimensions of this room perfectly, and it's okay to have a little comfort in your home office.
How to achieve this look. The desktop is a laminate working surface that returns to the entrance to the room, The slatted wardrobe fits the room perfectly, and the design elements of the wardrobe are simple and stunning as most simple designs are.
You8 can dress the window with a viol, so the light shines through in a diffuse gentle fashion softening some of the harder lines.
Color palate needs to be on the natural side to achieve this look. Bold statements may not work with these types of furnishings.
Sofas beds seem a sensible choice if you have a blank canvas for your small guest room office combo.
A custom-designed office is an optimum choice if your budget allows, customizing a room can create something very special and desirable that will ultimately add value to your home, so it's well worth considering if you can afford to do it.
In this case, consulting with a designer to get your ideas on paper and designing a small bedroom office to be functional and comfortable.
However, this loom could easily be achieved on a budget by using wardrobes interconnected with a sleek makeup area.
The work surface is simple laminated block board type material and is picked up at a budget-friendly price.
How to achieve this look. Copying this look is not as difficult as you may first think. If you break down the room's contents, it's all laminate with a modern rug and bed sofa.
The paneled wall is not necessary, the same could be achieved with white emulsion.
The use of the full-length Venetian blind draping the upper wall and window is a masterful way of dressing a somewhat boring window.
The white chair is meant to make a statement, but you could achieve the same look with any vinyl-covered chair. But, why not use an affordable office chair? It would look great in this small space.
No. Look, here is the crux of the matter, if this is just a hybrid home office setup and you don't have a lot of space, then you may feel like you have an insurmountable challenge.
The truth is you can make your home office come guest bedroom on a budget. Desks are cheap, and every home DIY store has some iteration of a desk and chair that will suit you.
You can use a DIY Murphy bed that folds away, so it doesn't look like you are working in the tiniest bedroom in the world.
Use white or cream paint from floor to ceiling to create a look on a budget thing minimal, minimal spend, and minimal in style. You can break it up with a few cheap prints you like.
Dark colors will close a small room down and make it oppressive, use three or four down lights or a stylish desk light for illumination.
Laminate flooring is affordable for most budgets, so select a bright, laminate floor such as beach or bamboo.
How to achieve this look. Well, we are not trying to achieve this look in any way. It demonstrates that even the smallest of spaces can work with a little ingenuity.
Keep it bright with light walls, and never run laminate flooring width in a small room like this. Run laminate flooring in the longest direction of the room regardless of size.
It's easy to get carried away with the thoughts of grand schemes and designs, but the truth is simplicity works equally as well, and you do not have to disrupt the household-making renovations.
A simple table and chair will suffice in most cases for the hybrid office setup. It works and makes sense without big dramas, no big expense.
Even in a small guest bedroom, you can emulate this type of office setup easily.
Buy on a budget, make sure you have a comfortable chair and a wifi connection, and then it's done.
Think out of the box, and be practical. What do you want from your small guest bedroom office combo?
The answer must be to work efficiently, and when on a conference call, your room looks presentable!
Turning the desk away from everything in the bedroom and having your back to the window is a brilliant solution that costs peanuts to achieve.
How to achieve this look. It's great if the room is bright and breezy with lots of natural light, which will prevent you from considering spending your hard-earned cash on better lighting solutions.
To be honest, the only thing in this home bedroom office to consider is what's behind you. Is it acceptable as a backdrop for a Zoom or Skye call or whatever platform your video calls use?
If you are wrapped up in the illusion that corporate furnishings are needed to make a great home office in a small bedroom, then take a look at this image.
Light clean walls painted in magnolia or a similar color reflect the down lighting into the room, making the perfect backdrop for your video meetings.
Using a rustic bench can be affordable and allows you to hide a few cables along the way by introducing fixings under and around the table edges.
Simple works best. A strategically placed wooden bench-type desk with a swish padded french style chair gives an elegant feel to the room.
A budget rug that contrasts the light decor and matches the color scheme of the curtains works incredibly well.
The focal point of the room is the desk and the mirror.
How to achieve this look. You may have to search some markets for this type of desk, but they are out there and make a wonderful option for your small guest bedroom combo office.
The large mirror to reflect down lighting is imaginative and works well. But does it show your bed in the background?
If the bed is in the background reflection from the mirror, dress the bed with neutral covers, patterns, and bright colors that will cause a distraction when you are negotiating your next big deal.
Not all of you have a blank canvas to work from, and your guest bedroom may already be established, so make the best of what's available.
It's relatively easy to find a desk you can shoehorn into a tight space, you may need to move the bed a few inches, but it can be done.
Office chairs in their basic form do not take up a lot of space, so that should not be an issue for you.
There are no real design tips for this type of small guest bedroom and office combo. It's about using the space available that is around you.
It would make no sense whatsoever to discard the bed to open up the room, so, the next best option is to shoehorn a desk into the room.
However, no one could deny that the room is a bedroom-office combo that is functional in all respects.
How to achieve this look. Just go for it. The bedroom is established, so get a desk and chair in there and get working!
Keep the room as bright and airy as possible. A mirror may have served a better purpose than the cuter notice board, which has a little function other than being decorative in the wrong environment.
Keep clutter to a minimum always, it will help you think!
There is a range of stand-up desks at various prices to suit most budgets and even DIY instructions online that are simple to follow.
Let's face it. Guest bedrooms are always a challenge due to the size, so you have to be creative and compromise on what you can achieve.
This desk is the perfect home setup for a small guest bedroom office combo. Yes, it's stuck in a corner, but it has some characteristics that shout you've got style.
Clean lines and minimal decor will not disturb you and give you the right amount of workspace needed to work from home.
Another wonderful simple design that works well in limited space, The use of a white dresser /desk is inspirational in a small bedroom as it reflects light around the room, making the room seem bigger than its dimensions
A nice feature of a dresser/desk like this is it can be used as an extra seating area for when you have guests staying in the room.
Creating a chic look is all about simplicity, and this home office is certainly chic.
How to achieve this look. This type of DIY dresser can be purchased at many furniture stores in a similar if not identical design.
If you have an old dressing table you could always paint the dresser in white (do it in a well-ventilated area such as the garage) with an automotive high sheen white.
The floral arrangement of the wall is simple to construct, just buy artificial flowers and a glue gun and get going.
Use stylish accessories that are minimalist in design, such as the light for the desk.
There is a range of stand-up desks at various prices to suit most budgets and even DIY instructions online that are simple to follow.
Did you know that after a study, it was found that people who stood at their work desk were 66% more productive and 87% of those who stood at a desk to work felt energized by just spending one hour a day standing rather than sitting?
Not to mention the space-saving benefits a stand-up desk brings to a small guest bedroom combo.
It can be done at minimal expense if you are handy with tools. If not, you could ask a carpenter to make you a simple slatted adjustable stand-up desk. There are lots of designs online.
Alternatively, you can purchase a desk ready-made with a simple hinge construction like the one illustrated in the image.
For room decor, keep it clean, and use light colors that bounce light around the room.
How to achieve this look. You must search for a suitable desk that fits your requirements and style ideas.
Use neutral paints for your room decor, and contrasting accents may be for your duvet cover.
For the single guy working at home, you can use your urban surroundings to inspire your design.
Old properties can house old furnishings that have been renovated with a high class level and aplomb.
The use of the battleship gray paint in this apartment with the old engineering shop stool and technical draftsman desk is a sublime piece of design and architecture.
You may have to get the paint mixed to your specifications to get the precise tone of gray. The folding bed utilizes the grain of timber to compliment the room.
A tired rug from a flea market could not have gone to better use.
How to achieve this look. If you want to emulate this look precisely, you may be out of luck. Old furnishings from industrial sites have varying battle scars.
You will need to visit specialized stores that have salvaged industrial desks and equipment to find antiques of this sort. It can be done.
There are some contemporary draftsman's tables and stools that will fit perfectly.
Head to the oldest paint store in town and ask for battleship gray paint, it should be cheap, but be careful it does not have lead content.
The rest of the ornamentals in the room are flea market items so you will need to attend regularly to find what you are looking for.
Not all budgets stretch to the executive-style office at home, so when things are tight, you can still get to work with enough space.
If you have a small space, such as a small guest bedroom office combo, you will need to be innovative to create a working space that looks good and is functional.
Look at every space with a tape measure in hand and a vision of how you can take this small space and make a desk fit.
Utilize your space by taking advantage of even the smallest spaces in the room. This room has just a tiny space at the end of the bed sofa, but it was enough to create a working space and a storage area for clothes and shoes.
When space is limited, take a frugal approach to how much you spend on furnishings. In a case like this, you may be able to buy off cut laminates and make the desk for just cents compared to buying ready-made.
How to achieve this look. It's going to take a little skill to envision how you can fit a small desk into a small space.
You may need to trim down some furniture to make the elongated desk fit perfectly, but this can be done easily if you have the right tools for the job. Alternatively, you could have the desk custom made, it would be very quick with low-cost materials.
With any small space keep it simple, no need for accessories, just clean lines based on a minimalistic approach to living and working.
When space is at a premium you will need to think outside of the box, this floating desk will fit in the tightest of spaces and allow you to work efficiently.
This clever design is ideal for the small guest bedroom combi office, it easily can hold a desktop or laptop and has a separate keyboard to allow you to work from home in comfort.
Do you need to buy a chair? Not really, use what’s ever close to hand, which may be the edge of the bed!
Look online for floating desks. There are many to choose from, some with sophisticated designs and others that are functional and serve a purpose.
Floating furnishing normally comes with brackets that secure the desk to the wall, and installation takes minutes.
Make sure to locate the floating desk close to a power outlet so you can plug your laptop in for charging.
How to achieve this look. You will need some basic tools such as a drill and bits, if your wall is masonry, you will need the correct type of drill and plugs to secure the floating desk.
Take note that when drilling close to a power point, most power cables run vertically in walls so be careful when drilling.
Tips for decor. If you choose a natural wood floating desk, then use lighter paint work, and keep neutral tones the theme in the bedroom/office.
It takes some thought so don't just leap in with both feet and buy a desk that ultimately may not be suitable due to size.
Here are some useful tips: