The traditional belief is that a home is a home and not a place for work. But once you get into the idea of working from home, you’ll realize that there is such a thing as a home office. One of the challenges that most people encounter when working from home is the lack of appropriate space. But this lament is a matter of design and not really an impossibility. Some people will say that there are many ways to skin a cat. But one of the best locations to consider is the dining room. Compared to the kitchen and the living room which may be noisy for long hours, the dining room is subtly quieter compared to other parts of the house. Not to mention that it will also keep you from falling asleep, because it’s not as cozy as your bedroom.
So how does one incorporate a home office into a dining room? First, you might want to consider using foldable and mobile equipment to help maximize space. Foldable and mobile equipment will be easier to clean up in case of events or other activities. While you do this, make it as organic to the dining room theme as possible. Match it with the layout and don’t let any electronic gadgets pop up obtrusively while you are having a dining experience.
One more thing that can be suggested when setting up a home office within the dining room is to provide an illusion of lots of open space. The non-cramped look will preserve the peaceful ambiance in your dining area and it will also preserve your sanity while working because there is order and organization while you work. Keep it as clutter-free as possible. Try to stick to an understated or subtle style so as to keep it incorporated in the overall scheme of the dining room.
Sometimes, the work will need to be done even during mealtimes. For these exceptions, provide a soft divider or use the corner of the room to have a more quiet working area. These are just two ways. You can also install a permanent divider, but this may disrupt the overall look of the dining area and will defeat the purpose of incorporating the home office to fit seamlessly. The best practice is to just time your working hours in such a way that it won’t be in conflict with major eating events or mealtimes.
Some designs for an incorporated home office and dining table setup involve an equally incorporated storage device for chinaware and office ware. You can have a makeshift chest desk or foldable desk with shelves in them for your paperwork. The foldable shelves and table will just look like an ordinary cupboard during mealtime. You can also employ the use of small labels to help you distinguish when the items are covered.
In the home office setup, it is best to hide printers or other bulky equipment like fax machines or scanners. Cabinets with color palettes that suit the theme and color of the furniture in your home will best help you achieve this. The color coordination and relative sizes of your equipment are your top tools in helping you maintain order and complementarity in the home office and dining area setup.