Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
Let’s face it – we have all been burdened with so many challenges in the last few months and preparing for vast changes as we gear up to enter a new school year. For one thing, many of us find ourselves both working and educating from home and struggling with how to balance both work and homeschooling. Need more tips for working at home without building an office or trying to share your kitchen table? I’m happy to be sharing tips for not just working at home but also for sharing space with your family and creating venues for as much quality as your home can accommodate at-home education.
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had a dedicated office space like my client’s sweet office above? It gives me so much office envy! Just like with this office set-up, sometimes how you arrange your spaces can help you cope better and keep all of our materials in their rightful place. Today I’ll show you some of my solutions for clients’ home work (and homework). You may not be remodeling immediately, but I’ll give you some takeaway ideas for sharing spaces at home fit for both at-home work and school work friendly options.
First, here’s my breakfast nook with mini office alcove. Could you turn your own space-sharing into a positive by using a similar arrangement? The kids could do schoolwork on the table while you supervise them and complete your own work tasks nearby.
Or you could reverse that (with a couple more degrees of separation!) with you at the table…
…while your student works at the built-in desk across the room. You can still (ahem) monitor the monitor.
For little people, even a table and chairs in a bedroom would provide a dedicated spot for lessons or kid play…
…while you work elsewhere in the house. No home office? A dedicated bedroom corner will do, too!
This photo is of a bedroom we designed to create a fun play area, but this could easily duplicate as a work and play area that let’s the kids feel more relaxed and enjoy their environment. How would you use this fun space?
For the kids, a dedicated study corner keeps focus on lessons when it’s lesson time, but converts to craft space when school is done.
In a playroom, a desk setup is great for now, and for homework when school is back in session. Don’t you love this playroom we created for this client? Not only does the desk multi-task for play and schooling, but the window nook pairs really well for reading and story time.
One final thought. Is there an underused spot in your home you could convert to needed work or study space? Consider, for example, a nook or closet conversion.
Or a re-purposed under-stair hideaway. (For the kids, not for you!)
As cute and fun as it is, no locking the kids in while you work.
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Find more ideas to make a comfortable work space with little space as you work and homeschool on my Pinterest page.