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How to Create a Home Office in a Small Home
As more people work from home at least part-time, having a home office has become a major priority for many buyers and homeowners. Even if a home has limited square footage, it can have a dedicated place for work. Here are some ideas to create that space no matter how small a home may be.
Take Over a Closet
Consider a closet that isn’t absolutely necessary and convert it to a work space. This can be as simple as building a desk-height shelf and placing a stool underneath to pull out when it’s time to work. More shelves can be arranged to accommodate equipment such as a printer and office supplies. Doors can be optional for a more open feel or retained to close up the office when work is complete or guests visit.
Under the Stairs
Two-story homes present a special opportunity to create office space in a typically unused area located under the stairs. Try a small desk at the highest point of the opening and possibly add a bookcase or build shelves under the sloping area for storage. This option maximizes the use of an often-forgotten corner of any home. It’s almost like adding square footage.
Transform a Dining Room
Many older homes come with an eat-in kitchen and a formal dining room. For a lot of families, the formal area is just wasted space. Consider making it useful by turning it into a full-size office. Even if it is occasionally used for holiday dinners or special family gatherings, a small desk could occupy one corner with a divider screen to shield if from view when entertaining events are scheduled.
A Floating Desk
Try attaching a hinged desk top to a wall in the living room, bedroom or any other suitable room to create a desk without taking up a lot of space. Then use a rolling cart for office supplies that can be placed in a closet when not needed for work. Alternately, locate a rolling desk that can move from room to room for flexible, easily-stored work space options within any home.
Creativity is the key to success in designing potential small home office options. To find that perfect space, be sure to give every corner and every room a thorough review with these suggestions in mind and feel free to contact me for a consultation. I’d be happy to offer you suggestions designed to help you maximize the value of your home.
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Tips to Help You Choose the Right Look for Your Windows
Windows have a big impact on a room as the source of natural light and fresh air. But they also influence the atmosphere. They can make a small room feel more spacious or turn a large room into a cozy space. Here are some tips to help make your windows stand out.
In the past few decades, blinds have become extremely popular. Generally more durable than curtains, they can be opened for natural light or closed for privacy and even blend in for a minimalist look of no window treatments at all. Available in a wide variety of styles, including wood, blinds are designed to suit all types of design themes.
When choosing blinds, be sure to assess whether they will stand alone or work with curtains. For light-sensitive sleepers, consider room-darkening blinds in bedrooms. For a more modern look, choose smaller slats or larger two-inch slats for traditional appeal.
Curtains and Drapes
The curtains selected for windows will impact the look of the entire room. Even if a window isn’t the primary focal point, the right curtain can enhance the space. Choose the right design by:
Window coverings add major impact to the design of any room, so plan carefully and choose those that look best with these concepts in mind. If you plan to sell your home, new window coverings can provide an inexpensive update to your space. Just remember to open them up to make the room inviting when visitors are scheduled for home showings. For additional design ideas to enhance your home’s appeal, feel free to contact me for a consultation. I’d be happy to offer you suggestions designed to help you maximize the value of your home.
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