Need to utilize the space you have for both rest and work? Although not recommended by many since keeping your areas of relaxation separate from your areas of work are considered a healthier approach, sometimes this just isn’t a feasible answer- especially if you are pressed for square footage.
These awesome ideas provide you a few simple design solutions to help merge these areas together in an uncluttered, and visually appealing manner. Take a look at our bedroom office ideas to help inspire your own “shared” spaces.
1. Built In Office
If you have open wall space, take advantage of it in a manner that effortlessly blends the work and sleep area into one without being too obvious. Avoid clutter, and have an area that provides the space you need to get things done without overwhelming the main purpose of the room.
2. Separate Spaces
If your room is large enough, consider diving out your office areas from your sleeping area with a dividing table of some sort. This is especially helpful if you regularly find yourself needing to spread out work and materials for your job.
Remember to highlight the fact that the room is a bedroom, keep your workspace small and minimalistic, and allow it to blend well into your decor. Built- in shelving makes it easy to add a work area that can fold up, or be easily overlooked as an office area when needed.
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4. Dorm Spaces
Dorm rooms are the ultimate bedroom/office combination and require you to basically squeeze your entire life into just one room for the time you live there. Don’t be afraid to look for bed and desk combinations, matching furniture, or avoid placing your desk far from the bed. Embrace the space and make the best of it.
5. Comforting and Relaxing
If you have to work in your room, who says it can’t be comfortable? Take advantage of plush pillows, elegant and comfortable furniture and comforting decor. You don’t want to make your workspace drastically different from the rest of the room and draw away from the relaxation that is supposed to occur there when you sleep.
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6. Warm Hues and Relaxing Tones
Use warm woods and soft warm hues in your bedroom workspace to provide a sense of comfort that will balance out the seriousness of the work you do. If possible, take advantage of natural lighting as well.
7. Own Your Work Space
Define your work space as a separate space from the area you work in with a strategically placed desk, rugs, shelving, and anything else that defines your job. This way it seems more like a mini-room within your bedroom to help keep from disrupting your rest.
8. Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
If available, move the furniture in your room to take advantage of natural lighting from windows. Placing your desk in these areas, and then bedekking the space with curtains and even a rug to define it’s space can provide a sense of flow.
9. Children’s Rooms
Tie in a learning space to your children’s room to allow them an area to get things done, as well as to explore their own interests. White boards and plenty of table or desk space to spread out books, posters, and their own drawings can help them be emerged in their own education.
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10. Closet Space
If you happen to have a closet space, why not clear it out and make it into your working area? This way you can close it up, out of sight and out of mind, and avoid having to gaze upon your work while you are trying to relax.
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11. Tucked into a Corner
If you have one of those small spaces under the eaves, or a corner that is not always well utilized, why not turn it into a work area? A small desk or corner desk and chair fits nicely into small areas and helps you maximize your area without creating a cluttered look.
12. Temporary Set-Up
Sometimes you only need a desk space temporarily. Even if it turns into something more permanent, take advantage of small, cute tables and chairs that are easy to move when needed, and can double for other projects or spaces in your home.
13. Redesign Unused Spaces
Take advantage of those awkward spaces between shelving, bookcases, and other furniture to tuck a small desk and chair into for a quiet place to work. Sometimes overlooked spaces are the best place to put the unexpected, and create the room you used to be searching for.
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14. Dreaming of Another Place
Let’s face it, rarely are you working on a necessity without thinking of where you might rather be. Why not create a decorative work area that helps you relax and remember why you work so hard. Make your focus your goals, rather than focus on the mundane!
15. Make it Your Own
Don’t be afraid to decorate your office area to your own personal specifications, even if they aren’t in perfect sync with the rest of your bedroom decor. This helps provide you a separate work area and may even help you focus.
16. Decorative Touches
Have a nice unused wall and need space to spread out? Paint it a highlight color and make it visually separate from the rest of the bedroom so you don’t have to blend your work with relaxation! This is especially nice if you have more than one person taking advantage of the area.
17. Tiny Nook
Apartment nook areas are more of a pain than anything. Rarely are they useful for any large storage and they are often out of the way and don’t contribute well to the overall decor. Luckily, if you are in need of an office area, they can be customized to be useful! Take advantage to tucked away vantage spots for an office space!
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18. Simple Placement
If you aren’t sure WHERE to place a desk and chair as part of your office space, why not just put it out there? Your office doesn’t have to be separated or tucked into a corner, and sometimes leaving it in a more central location can help you remember to get things done.
19. Wall Space
Take advantage of your wall space to create visually appealing organization and decoration. This is a great way to show off your own personal style as part of your work space and bring some new life into a bedroom area as well.
20. Shared Space
Need more than one work area in a bedroom? Keep them close together and create an area that is dedicated to study or a job to help separate it from the rest of the room. This also provides the means to spread out a bit when needed! Or collaborate!
21. Bookcase Advantage
Bookcases, built in or otherwise, can be easily converted into desk spaces that help blend easily into the overall decor, and provide the office workspace you need. Quit literally everything is on hand: a flat surface, shelving, and even filing opportunities.
22. A View of the Room
Why face the wall, when you can look out into the room? Often, the default for many is to tuck desks into corners and nooks to focus attention towards work rather than the rest of the space. But why NOT look out into a room and take advantage of natural lighting and other comfort features?
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23. Repurposed Storage Solutions
Have some amazing built in storage that could use an upgrade? Why not repurpose it into a desk area that you can easily tuck away when you are finished to help save on space and keep it out of sight when not in use?
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24. A Small Space
All you really need is a small space to work in, and a simple desk, chair, and decor that blends well into the rest of the room is a great solution. Create your own small space to work within with simple solutions that are both elegant, and affordable.
25. Own It
Own your work space! Why tuck it away when you can be large and in charge of your area. Take up a corner, add in storage, decorate as you see fit, and be a boss! This open desk area is the perfect example where you can take over to work as you see fit.
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Create a multi-purpose work area when you need to take advantage of what space you have as an office. Larger furniture and storage solutions are always inspirational for DIY office projects, and can work out quite well if you have to share space with necessities.
27. Out in the Open
Avoid tucking yourself away and put your desk out in the open to take advantage of lighting and room to be more productive. No need to hide the fact you have an office area in your bedroom, instead embrace the fact and work much more comfortably.
28. Simple Storage
Need places to organize your desk materials, but hate to invest in anything very permanent? Try simple stacking shelving solutions to help create places for your files and paperwork, as well as personal touches.
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29. Back to Nature
Bring the outdoors in and surround yourself with the peace of nature with carefully chosen colors and textures to compliment your room. Add a few live plants in, and you’ll soon have a stress free environment in which to work.
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30. Building Your Own
In need of a good work space with plenty of room to place your materials? Why not build your own that can be easily adjusted for whatever need may arise? These are inexpensive and easy to mount, making your own space very customized.
31. Be Inspiring!
Keep your workspace simple to avoid drawing away from the whole purpose of the room- which is to relax and sleep. But, don’t forget to be inspiring either – and make sure to scream that from the rooftops wherever possible. A good giggle can help you get through any work that might be stressful.
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32. Double Duty
Working at home and watching the kids? No worries, embrace both jobs and realize you can’t control everything – but you CAN make your space more enjoyable to all of you with a little extra effort.
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33. Keeping it all Organized
Many people worry about the clutter a bedroom office space may create. But with some ingenuity and planning, you can have a clutter free, well organized, and aesthetically pleasing area to work in.
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34. A Place to Work
More and more people have embraced home offices and even homeschooling within the last few years, and one of the biggest hurdles was to find a good office space to work within. Bedrooms make ideal areas and can be easily transformed into an organized space in which learning happens.
35. Staying Focused
Keep your focus on why you are working so hard! Those beach vacations require effort, but make your hard work so worth it! Keep a daily reminder in view and count down the days until you can go back.
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36. Feeling Zen
Work spaces all too often feel cold, impersonal, and difficult to relax within. When you put an office area in a bedroom, you don’t want to extend those feelings into a space you normally relax, so why not embrace comfort?
37. Decorative Contrasts
Small spaces call for simple decorative touches. Use light colors with a contrasting color and avoid textures or patterns that create clutter. You want your eye to flow, not feel overwhelming, and you also don’t want the space to feel smaller than it already is.
38. Keeping it Real
Don’t forget to keep it real. Real simple. Real basic. Really in touch with reality. Place a bit of humor at your fingertips and remember that work doesn’t last forever. This workplace is a great example and will probably make you giggle.
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39. Unique Workspaces
Your unique being needs to be embraced, and your workspaces should reflect that. Don’t go outside your decorative norm and avoid you being you. Instead, look to what styles make you happy, and create your office space from that.
40. Living And Decor Blending
Use your normal bedroom decor as part of your office space planning. Use hays, scarves, mirror, and other things normally found in a bedroom to help bring your two different worlds together.
41. Daily Reminders
Daily reminders of what’s important can help you get through your work day, and keep your focused. Pictures of your loved ones, places you enjoy, and anything else inspiration is worth keeping in sight.
Be comfortable and show off your style with basic hues and pops of your favorite colors. Plus, you want a professional look to your space in case you have online meetings or needs to show off any branding you may have.
43. Outdoor Inspiration
Being surrounded by the outdoors is a great way to help alleviate stress and make you feel more relaxed. Less stress generally equals a more productive workday as well!
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44. White Space
A white foundation is a popular way to help combine both work and relaxation and provide space that isn’t overwhelmed by responsibilities of the day. Also, avoid covering windows that can help keep you more bright and focused while you work.
45. Catch a Breeze
Set yourself up near French doors and open windows to catch a fresh breeze when the weather is accommodating. This can help you focus and provides a healthier environment as well.
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When you have to combine your sleeping space with work, you might as well make the best of it and create a peaceful, personalized, and relaxing space that you can be productive in. These ideas should serve as inspirational decorative techniques to help you determine what is best for you, and to keep you from stressing about this reality. If all these examples can create such wonderful spots, so can you!