Tips for Making a Home Office/Guest Room

Aug 15, 2013

Making the most of an apartment’s square footage can seem overwhelming. At first thought, it may seem like it can’t work. Too often spare space goes towards the ‘extras’ in a home such as winter clothes, laundry and storage but you can make the most of your space with a home office-guest room combination.



Many of the residents of Kitchener-Waterloo have compressed workweeks or telecommute. Sometimes it’s great to let work into the home, yet other moments it can feel like work takes over other elements of life. Combine a relaxing space for guests with a home office to balance the look and feel of an apartment.

A dedicated work surface is a necessity for any apartment but be sure to consider the size required. For more casual tablet or laptop users, a mobile workstation, tray or cart will work. For those with a full tower and desktop computer, a larger desk set-up may make more sense. With larger desks, have a dedicated drawer that can be used by guests for storage of small items.

For those that do a lot of hosting or have overnight guests, a daybed is a comfortable set-up that doesn’t take up too much space. With the proper cushions, this can double as a comfortable couch/workspace that lets users get away from the desk. For smaller spaces or larger offices, consider creating a guest nook with a small twin bed tucked away in the corner.

When decorating, keep a cool palette in mind. This creates an airy and cottagey retreat-like space. Use colours such as blues, silvers, greens and whites. Calming tones provide a relaxing environment both for work and guests. Cork or bulletin boards can be a great option for a spot to compile notes from work, inspiration and materials. Before guests arrive, clear off the board and display some pictures or vintage postcards.

Here’s a link round-up for some inspiration and guides to creating a home office and guest room space:

Local Kitchener shopping options for guest room decor and office supplies:

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