When you live in a small Victorian end of terrace with 2 bedrooms and you work from home there is always going to be an element of compromise when planning your work space. I didn’t want to feel shoehorned into a corner but with space being an issue I didn’t want to permanently take over an entire room either.
This is the room where I spend the most time. Easily. By a long shot. But because it’s a small house the space has to double as an occasional guest bedroom. The solution? We’ve created a multi-purpose space that houses all the tools of my trade (along with a few essential boy toys and knick-knacks) but also incorporates a sturdy sofa bed, soft furnishings and space for guests to unpack so that they feel at home, rather than still at work!
Some of the less glamourous office essentials, such as box files, staplers, reams of paper and a laser printer have been hidden away inside drawers and cupboards so that the space never feels too corporate. On the flip side guest bedding, pillows and blankets are stowed neatly away within the sofa bed built in storage. As a result the room feels uncluttered and equally suited to work or play.
The colour scheme echoes The cheltenham House master bedroom which you can see here. Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone has been used on the fireplace/desk wall and has also been used on the skirting. The furniture is a mixture of old and new, I bought the desk off eBay about 10 years ago and I think I’ll probably have it for life. The architects unit is from Garden Trading and handily doubles as storage for guests as well as a worktop for creative projects. The sofa bed is a few years old and was from sofa.com however it looks like it is no longer available but you can get this one from Made which is very similar. The big cactus (which is real) was an absolute bargain find at IKEA.
You’ve probably noticed there’s quite a lot of artwork leaning against walls… I had a pipe dream of creating a full gallery wall but never found the time to plan it properly… Now the artwork has been leaning for so long that it kinda feels at home where it is. Some of you may remember that 90s phenomenon of just leaning your artwork (check out any Grand Designs episode from that period), well I’m bringing it back kids!
Do you have a dedicated work space in your home? What compromises between space and comfort have you made?