Creating beautiful multifunction rooms is a skill; you have to be able to look at a space and visualize it's potential as a home office, carving room for your computer, printer and research library out of unused space, like an alchemist turning straw into gold. Luckily, homeowners have faced these battles before you to prove that you can add a workspace to almost any room in the house.
We've found some stellar examples of great multifunction rooms that each feature an integrated workspace. Each of these offices is compact and out-of-the-way, but still offer up tons of storage and working space.
In a short, unofficial survey of everyone we know, it seems like the kitchen is the front-runner for multi-purpose home office rooms. This shot from HGTV.com shows us a sleek, contemporary take on a "traditional" kitchen workspace.
The Laundry Room
Less common than the kitchen, your home's laundry or mud room might also offer a great place to work from home. There's often a bit of unused space in laundry rooms or laundry closets that can accommodate a computer and chair. This space from HGTV.com offers its homeowner a place to check email while they wash and fold.
We love this shot from Jennifer's Creative Closet Home Office because it makes room for a storage-filled workspace without stealing any square footage from the bedroom itself—the whole office is built into an existing closet. If you need your office to share floor space with the bedroom, try a thin, compact desk like this one, or downsize the bed to a futon, like in Garrett Murray's LA Master Bedroom Home Office for 2.
A Guest Bedroom
Another option for sharing an office with a bed is to create some space in a guest room for your own workspace. We love this setup from HGTV.com, where a portion of the desk in this guest room slides away to give room for the murphy bed to come down.
The Living Room
If you live in a studio, making it work without a bedroom, let alone guests' quarters or a laundry room, try to squeeze a desk into your main living space, like in Paul's Loft-Like Ambitions. As long as you keep your desk tidy and conceal your cords, a desk will look just as "at home" in your living room as your sofa.