Carve Out Office Space

Carve Out Office Space

How To Carve Out An Office In A Small Place

By: Caroline Biggs

Like it or not, most of us wind up working from home from time to time. And while some of us have home offices, libraries, or studies where we can get down to work, others are lucky if they can find enough space to fit a desk inside their apartments. Mercedes Desio and Alberto Villalobos, the architecturally minded designers behind Villalobos Desio in New York, are experts at turning cramped rooms into comfortable, functional spaces, so we asked them for advice on how to carve out a workstation in a residence with a daunting lack of square footage. Here's what they had to say.

Photo: Marco Ricca

Maximize wall space

“Using built-ins and bookshelves helps delineate a small area,” Villalobos says. “This also creates an opportunity to display work-related items and personal collectibles, making a strong focal point for a room.”

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Make furniture do double duty

In a tight area, a desk can be used for more than just sending emails and writing to-do lists. “For bedrooms, we try to use a multipurpose desk that can serve as a work surface or a vanity to increase the functionality of the room,” says Desio.

Photo: Marco Ricca

Think vertically

When there’s not enough width for a full shelving unit, Villalobos suggests heading onward and upward. “Take advantage of the height of a room,” he says. “You can maximize storage for documents, books, and other work-related goods, allowing you to utilize more of your desk space.”

Don't sacrifice form

With the right seating arrangement, Desio swears any work space can be chic. “Make sure that your office chair—as well as the furniture complementing it—has an identity of its own. That way it can become a functional but interesting focal point in the room.”

Photo: Marco Ricca

Forgo wires

“Let's face it: We need technology,” Villalobos says. “To save space, wireless is the way to go. Use a piece of furniture or a nearby closet to house bulky items such as printers and scanners to maintain a sleek, clean work space.”

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