Small Bedroom Office Ideas
Small Bedroom Office Ideas:
A sofa like the Novagratz Brittany Futon (pictured, click photo to view on Amazon) is a perfect example of the type of stylish, multi-purpose furniture you should use when you’re creating your office guest room layout. This piece of furniture serves as a sofa for office days. When guests arrive, it can then be easily converted into a bed, allowing you to make the most of your multi-purpose small home office space.
Choose a Space Saving Desk
For a small bedroom that you'll be using as a home office or work space, I recommend a small corner desk or a space-saving L-shaped desk. The Hudson model pictured here (and featured as one of my top choices on my corner desk review page is a really stylish option that combines work-space and attractive storage.
Investing in budget-friendly furniture pieces like this makes it easy to create a stylish, multi-functional space.
Another great option if you only need a designated office space part-time is a convertible, fold-out desk (think "murphy desk" ... or a desk that functions as a murphy bed, but with a desk instead of a bed). These inexpensive pieces are great options for small bedroom offices where you want a desk sometimes, but don't want to lose the floor space when you're hosting houseguests. They can be purchased for less than $150 usually, and installation is simple. Here's one of my favorites from Southern Enterprises so you can picture what I'm talking about:
If you're intimidated by a project like this, but love the idea, you could just buy a pretty butcher-block folding wall desk that's ready to install, like this one.
Hide the Office ... Sort Of
What you want to do is hide what you can to make your office feel warm, welcoming, and intentional for guests who use it as a bedroom while they visit. Paperwork that you need to keep but don’t use every day can be hidden in a stylish filing cabinet. Binders, folders, and business papers are easily hidden in a cube desk -- just tuck them behind a family photo or home accent decor at the front of each cube.
Create a Beautiful Space
Create the Illusion of More Space
If you only have one window in your small home office, consider hanging a large mirror or a collection of smaller mirrors as a gallery wall on the opposite side of the room. This will reflect the natural light and create the illusion of space.
Another trick (if your small home office or bedroom does not have a window), is to place a mirror on the wall and place a table lamp or floor lamp right next to it. Not only will this reflect the light throughout the room, but it creates the illusion of depth to the wall with your mirror, making the room appear larger than it really is.
Many people encourage homeowners to choose light colors for small spaces to give the illusion of openness, but one final idea I'd offer to create the illusion of space is to make the wall at the far end of your home office an accent wall. Whether you buy some trendy removable wallpaper to apply, or simply use paint, creating an accent wall can create a feeling of depth and distract from the small footprint of your room. In my home office (which was a small bedroom), I've painted the walls white, and the accent wall is a dark blue (Naval, from Sherwin Williams). It's a beautiful color to hang wall art on, and it draws the eye and deepens the room, making it appear larger than it otherwise would.
Provide Storage for Your Guests Too
While you need plenty of storage for your home office, you also don’t want to forget somewhere for the guests to put their belongings when they stay. Behind the door storage solutions, corner shelves, and above-the-door shelves are all great ways to add in extra storage without losing too much room.
Also consider having a folding suitcase stand or luggage rack tucked away in a closet. Setting that up will make them feel welcome and organized when they arrive ... like they're staying in a hotel!
I'm planning on moving into a small house, and I'm trying to figure things out to ensure that I have enough space for everything. It makes sense that I would want to consider getting a bed that can fold into the wall! Beds take up a lot of space, so being able to fold one out of the way with ease is just what I need.
I like that you mentioned a murphy bed being a good way to keep the room looking professional when needed and having a comfy bed when needed. My wife and I have been trying to decide if we make the spare room in our home an office or a guest bedroom. I think that if we use a murphy bed we could do both.