Imagine living in a country where the population of Texas is packed into an area the size of Maryland. That's what living in Taiwan is like. With a population density comparable to New York City, space is especially scarce in Taiwan's capital city, Taipei. Most Taiwanese people don't have the luxury of having a separate home office. We've featured some living room home offices that explored creative ways to hide the mess. Now check out some ways you can embrace having your home office in plain sight.
The first living room home office we found is a great example of how a well-planned layout can make a big difference. The open layout of the home allows the homeowners to put the office right in the living room but still keep the two areas distinct and separate. The nice large wall of book shelves also marks each area, keeping work and play apart.
By putting the large desk behind the couch, these homeowners created an office for two and effectively hide the mess that usually goes in front of the desk. The key here is organization, for both desktop and cable.
Looking from the front of the living room the cables are out of sight, but having good cable management will keep this office looking good from all angles. Keeping the desktop organized is also an important factor to keep the home office from becoming a distraction from an otherwise clean living room. We would add storage under the desk to keep the usual mess from spilling onto the desk, perhaps some drawers or filing cabinets.
The next one we found cleverly integrates the home office with the living room with a nice glass partition. This would be a challenge for most of us if not planned at the beginning of a renovation. However, if your living is an open concept living room, we don't see why you can't utilize ready-made solutions such as one of our favorites, the IKEA expedit shelving as a partition.
An important thing we noticed here is the selection of furniture when putting an home office in the living room. It is important to pick out furniture that will unify the theme of your living room. In the example where the home office is right in the living room, the homeowners picked wood furnitures that really reflected the style and elements that is throughout the rest of the living room. Steering away from traditional office furnitures.
In the case of the partitioned home office, there is a little more flexibility in bringing in office furnitures, such as the Herman Miller Embody chair. This allows for a nice distinction between the two area, and allow you to put yourself in a different mood whether you're relaxing in front of the TV or working away in your office.
Check out more pictures of the first and second home featured in this post. These forum posts are in Chinese, but the pretty pictures won't require any translation.