The Strangest Trend in Home Office Design: Bathroom Workspaces

The Strangest Trend in Home Office Design: Bathroom Workspaces

Taryn Williford
Apr 18, 2013

One is a concept, two is a coincidence, and three, well...that just might be a trend. But we guarantee this is the weirdest trend you'll see all day: home offices sharing space in the master bathroom. 

Those of us who can measure from the shower to the sink using our arms' length aren't acquainted with the luxury of "too much space" in the master bathroom. But there are apparently more than a few people out there who've decided that a corner or nook in their massive powder room would be perfect for getting a little work done.

After this post about rooms multi-tasking as home offices, commentor Earthy Cruncher pointed us towards a few bathrooms where business gets done in more ways than one.

This one above, featured in The Wall Street Journal, is in a carriage house belonging to designer Jonathan Reed. The house was on the market last year in London, and peek into the master bathroom reveals a tidy desk and chair in the corner of the frame.

Another working powder room, highlighted in Architectural Digest, belongs to photographer Steven Meisel in Beverly Hills. He's set up his lavatory into a combination living room and home office, complete with a coffee table, upholstered chairs ,and a reading desk, in addition to the shower and vanity. 

These two rooms are enough to pique your interest, but we combed the archives of Apartment Therapy to find this post highlighting a shared office and bathroom from New York Magazine way back in 2009.

So is it a trend? Tough to say. Personally, I wouldn't want to work so close to the tub or toilet, no matter how tight it gets in my apartment. But something tells me these hangouts aren't economical space-savers, like when you or I would stash a dining table in the kitchen. 

So what do you think: Yay or nay on the bathroom workspace?

(Images: Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine)

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