If you’re one of the millions of people in Britain who work from home, whether full-time or occasionally like me, you’ll appreciate having a dedicated workspace where you can be productive and creative.
But how do you carve out that wonderful workspace for yourself that doesn’t encroach on the rest of your life?
At Cathy Philips & Co we’ve created all kinds of home offices for our clients. As you can see here, you don’t need a separate room, just clever planning.
The compact office, above, in a cupboard can be hidden away at the end of the working day. The beautiful, space-saving solution has been shared online all over the world and won us a coveted Houzz Best Design 2017 award.
This hallway desk space is used by a couple who rarely work from home, but wanted somewhere stylish in their Notting Hill apartment when they do.
Another compact study has been tucked into one half of an upstairs room in a family house and is practical enough to be used by two people. We divided the room in two to create an office and an incredibly useful utility room.
So how you can create the perfect work area in your home?
1. Find the space
Look all around your home – the answer might not lie in using the bedroom, which is the natural thought for most homeworkers. Bedrooms are meant for relaxing, are you sure you want to work where you, or others, sleep at night? Do you have space in your hall for a desk with built in
storage? Or perhaps you could spare a corner of your kitchen or living room?
2. Organise the space
Think about how you are going to use your office space. How big a desk do you need? Does it need to be a conventional desk, or would a table, which I use, or a dressing table or just a shelf do the job?
Are you tidy or messy? If you are tidy (lucky you!), your desk arrangement can be more open plan, provided you have enough containers to stash your papers and bits and bobs away. Ikea is great for all this practical stuff, of course. But if you want something more beautiful, head to The Holding Company or The Organised Home.
If you tend to be messy, be realistic; however good your intentions might be you are not going to have an immaculately tidy space every day. So think about covering things up, perhaps with an office you can close at the end of the working day? Find a local carpenter who’s full of ideas, and work with them to create a space that is comfortable to work in but that has doors or a screen or blinds or… roll down tambour doors…to shut away the tools of your trade when you want to reclaim your home.
Then, like our tidy cousins, you can start shopping for nice files, and boxes, and all those things that give us pleasure during our sometimes-mundane working life…
Or… let us do the work for you!
Cathy Phillips & Co. are one of Battersea’s favourite interior designers and we work all over West London including W11, Notting Hill, Holland Park as well as further afield in Canary Wharf, Docklands and the home counties. We can help you turn an unused area into your ideal home office. Get in touch today – you can contact us online or by phone: +44 (0)7720 253 939 or +44 (0)207 720 6660.
Short on inspiration? You can view some great ideas at the Guardian website where readers are sharing photos of their home offices to celebrate National Freelancers Day on 8th June.