According to the TUC (Trades Union Congress) there’s 1.5M British people working from home, (May 2016) and that figure is set to double in the next 5 years. The appeal is obvious, skipping the daily commute, the flexibility it brings, and the smug feeling of sitting in the comfort of your own home in your pyjamas whilst others sit in a office with the air conditioning set to Antarctic in a scratchy 3 piece. Yes, working from home has it perks, but if you don’t have the extra spare room for your own office how would it work?
Creating space doesn’t have to come down to the sq ft in your property – so put down the sledge hammer!
Utilise the space you already have!
A space under the stairs where your hoover resides can easily be transformed in to a great workspace. Shelves can be installed to place your essential work folders on and a thin desk can be placed to fit within the narrow spot under the stairs!
An alcove in the living area is also a great use of space. Usually this area is taken up by a bookshelf harbouring old books and untouched DVDs. Give it a refresh and create the ideal office environment. It’s worth checking you have electricity points in this alcove so you can keep the area brightly lit and your electricals charged. The key to creating these looks is to not overfill the area with clutter. A clear and functional work space in a living area will not detract from the rest of room and will not appear out of place.
This 3 bed property in popular area of Borough, SE1 has a vast amount of space to recreate this office style: bit.ly/CountyST
Get storage savvy
Go old school and install a foldaway desk table to your wall. This clever and effective storage unit is fantastic for those with little space to have a full sized freestanding desk. Instead, this smart alternative allows you to work during the day and close up in the evening to free up space and works as a functional display shelf.
Looking for a 1 bed with enough space to create a office environment?
This flat in Borough is moments from Elephant and Castle tube station and a short walk to the buzzing Borough High Street: bit.ly/falmouthrd
Ideas under £100
Another great space saving solution- this table can be fixed on to the wall and be folded down at the hinges when not in use. Very cost effective, a similar table can be found at Ikea. http://bit.ly/ikeatable-
If you want to try your hand at DIY this tutorial for a chalkboard that folds out into a table is ingenious! Follow this tutorial for a cheap and smart way to create an office desk. http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2014/08/diy-murphy-desk.html
Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration for creating an office at home : http://bit.ly/OfficeatHome