7 Places to Fit an Office in the Living Room

7 Places to Fit an Office in the Living Room

Taryn Williford
May 24, 2012

Spreading bills out on the coffee table will only work for so long. Eventually, you may need to find a spot in your living room for a proper desk. Here are some location options to get your gears turning and inspire you to fit a real desk into your living room.

In a Side Table
Group your office supplies into organizing boxes (as shown above) and stash them into a shelving unit by the sofa to use as a side table. Keep at least a little space on the table clear to work on.

In Part of a Bookcase
Use a bookcase unit with adjustable shleves to configure a small workspace that packs a punch with storage. For extra credit, hide your office away behind curtains or a panel on rails.

Behind the Sofa
Tuck a long, narrow table behind your sofa for a place to keep your laptop and sort through paperwork. A chair or stool that can tuck completely under the desk will maximize your available space.

Behind a Partition
Use a screen, shutters or a curtain to keep your desk hidden from the rest of your living area.

Under the Stairs
That awkward area underneath an open staircase is a great spot for a small workspace and a few shelves.

Inside an Armoire
Take a hutch or armoire and customize it to your workflow for a home office that you can shut down at the end of the day. Or, find a secretary desk that's already in perfect working order for your workspace.

Inside a Closet
A storage closet, linen closet or even a small coat closet can be turned into a workroom by finding a desk and shelves that fit the space. Leave closet doors on or off, depending on how much you want to be able to hide your office away.

(Images: 1. Better Homes and Gardens, 2. Martha Stewart Living, 3. Better Homes and Gardens, 4. My Home Ideas, 5. Steve & Nancy's Vintage Sunset-Inspired Home, 6. Real Simple, 7. Jason's Closet Office)

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