In this post: If you’d like to create a dual use guest room that can also function as a home office, you’ll appreciate these bedroom office ideas. ⇒
I used to have a lovely home office.
When we moved into our home, I decorated the study to suits my needs, with a gorgeous French desk, guest seating and a stately bookcase within arms reach.
Granted, I didn’t always sit at the desk, as much of my work involves styling and photographing, and I started to get into the habit of typing on my computer on the couch in the family room.
But the space was mine to use when I wanted to and it reflected my taste.
On weekends hubby would use the office to pay bills and do personal paperwork and I got a huge kick out of seeing him at that curvaceous French Country desk.
But then things changed and he started working from home. It started a few years ago when he semi-retired and then went back to work part time doing consulting work.
Then the pandemic came and he began working from home full time.
There was definitely no room for two people in that small office. Given my penchant for the couch, hubby took over the office. But the distractions in the family room were starting to hurt my productivity.
And working on the sofa started to hurt my back.
I needed a new solution. A second office. Something with a door and a desk, as well as a sofa. I probably could have commandeered the living room, but our open concept home wasn’t conducive to working in the main living spaces.
I’d have to re-look at the upstairs.
I targeted the guest room, a sunny space with plenty of privacy. But I wasn’t ready to give up its guesting capabilities.
No, this would have to be a dual use room.
When we moved to our townhouse I was adamant about having enough bedrooms to host family and friends, to entertain without worry that there wasn’t a convenient space for our guests to sleep.
So the bed had to stay and a small chest of drawers. Everything else was fair game.
As it turns out, what we transitioned to works out better for guests, as well.
The first thing I needed was an appropriate desk.
The room previously had a petite secretaire with a drop down front panel that was never quite sturdy enough.
While I wanted a small desk that I could tuck into a corner, I needed stability if I was going to get any work done. I still love the cubbies that a writing desk affords, but a newer updated model was going to be more practical.
I found a great pale grey piece with a small hutch that fit snugly next to the bed. It has nooks for my many pads and just the right holes to accommodate the wires for the necessary technology.
Next I addressed the seating.
As I mentioned, my peculiar habit of working at the computer on the couch was one I wasn’t completely ready to give up.
So instead I decided to get a small loveseat with good support for my back.
The pretty cane back piece that was in the room perviously was definitely not comfortable enough to work at. So I moved it into the upstairs hallway and replaced it with a deeper more plush mini-sofa.
Its sleek lines and nail head trim give the room an updated feel, while the tufting ties back to the space’s French cottage roots.
It’s a compromise within a compromise.
I also decided to bring some blush pink into the room to soften the tailored spirit of the chinoiserie.
This was done with restraint through only flowers and a throw which could easily be switched out on a whim.
The usual conveniences a guest room should have are all still very much a part of the room, from a carafe for water by the bedside, to a few empty drawers in the chest, as well as a market basket of spare linens that sits by the foot of the bed.
Plush bed linens, good reading light, and a smart TV are all present to welcome a weary traveler.
And that desk doubles as a great vanity, while the loveseat is a wonderful place for a guest to relax and read.
The one other thing I added to the room was a charming French chair by the desk. A quality reproduction, it’s beautifully upholstered and offers comfort along with its elegant lines.
I was afraid it would take some time to get used to working upstairs, but in fact I adapted really fast and now I enjoy spending my day in one of the sunniest spots in the house.
If you’re needing an extra office in your home, consider co-opting one of the spare bedrooms. There’s no reason to take it out of service. Just equip it for the dual uses and it should be good to go.
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