Interior Design - I Need A Study Area But Where To Place It?

Monday, July 03, 2006

You often come home with a lot of paperwork, bills to pay and some writing to do. One day, your kitchen countertop is loaded with files of papers and folders. The next day your bed is littered with bundles of paper materials for your office project. You are practically using every available inch of tabletop for your office supplies and books. You see it scattered in every corner of your house. Now, it's time to get organized and create a functional study area you have long needed. However, another problem arises. Where to place your study area when you don't have free space for that specific purpose in your house. Get practical, innovative and creative. Try to follow these solutions to solve your study space dilemma.

1. You can turn an existing kitchen space into a study or desk area. If you have a huge kitchen, you can convert a portion of it into a desk area. You can remove a set of countertop cabinets for legroom. Use a chair high enough to be comfortable to sit on since the working height of a kitchen counter is higher that the average desktop. The kitchen's upper cabinets can be used to conceal untidy files or for books and office supply storage. Open shelves should not be over laden with books and records. You can accentuate your new area with a pretty houseplant and some kitchen accent pieces to make a beautiful space. You can save time doing your bills while preparing the family's dinner in one area. While boiling that pasta, you can sit at your new desk and do your accounting.

2. Turn a built in closet into a study area. Closet doors, hinges and moldings can be removed to provide a study alcove. It would be deep enough for a desk, a chair and some storage. You can also place a table lamp on your desk for added illumination. You can install shelves for additional storage. You can paint the alcove with the same color as the room or add the same baseboards and bring in the room's wallpaper and wallpaper border into the new space. You can add a short standing coatrack to place jackets and caps that used to hang in the closet.

3. You can utilize the space at the top of the stairs by adding a drafting table, a chair and storage bin to create a working space. A drafting table is especially practical to use since you can fold it neatly when you are not working. When everything is streamlined including the furniture and accessories, they will actually take up very little room. Furnishings should be placed far enough from the stairwell so that they will not get in the way of anyone climbing the stairs. So, start removing doors, knocking out cabinets and moving those desks and chairs and get organized. You deserve a good working space that is attractive and functional. Start now and be productive!

Article Source: Interior Design Guide

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