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  • Writer's pictureJulie Bliss

Tired of working from the kitchen table…?

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Tired of working from the kitchen table…? Here’s some inspiration to find that little work corner of your own…


Working from the kitchen table with everything going on around you is not ideal.

You may have every room in the house occupied with the family, but there are often some under-used corners and spaces that can make the ideal work space.

Here are a few ideas as to how you can make working from home work for you:

Use dead space - box rooms, long, bare walls, alcoves, under windows, under stairs cupboards and under stairs spaces (downstairs or on the upstairs landing) are great areas for a work station (and give you motivation to clear out the junk they often contain!)

Think about some space saving tricks, such as desks that pull out of cupboards or shelving and can be stowed away at the end of the work day.

Divide up open space to give distinction between work and relaxation. There are lots of great room divider ideas from IKEA, B&Q and Wayfair that are not expensive. This is really important for giving you the ability to switch off in non-work time.

Use calming colours: consider giving your designated work area an entirely separate calming or inspirational colour. This also serves to separate the space from the rest of the room.

Build in shelves where possible and paint the same as your wall

Built-in storage for your work space is much better than freestanding, and even better painted to the same colour as the wall.

Built-in storage can be really simple and doesn't have to be expensive - you can still buy the flat packed shelving and storage systems to fit the space and properly fix to the walls, which looks better than freestanding and is safer!

In the same way that built-in / same colour wardrobes in bedrooms works better than freestanding ones, painting shelves and storage the same colour as your wall makes your work area disappear and gives the sense of more space.

Adding doors to storage sections (you can get doors to fit shelving systems in IKEA for example) also helps to make your shelves look extra tidy and organised. The more organised your work space, the more productive you'll be.

For more tips see our social media or if you are looking to create a new work space, such as side extension, loft conversion or garden room, please give Julie a call.


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