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A Simple Office Space for the Bedroom

Today, we’re sharing how to create a simple office space for the bedroom! 

Over the past few years, we’ve been very intentional about placing a desk in most of the bedroom spaces I’ve had the privilege to worked on. 

Especially, in bedrooms for our family that I know will be used often.

A desk is one of those pieces of furniture that is so utilitarian it can easily perform double duty as a home office, study station, an area for morning quiet time, a place to be creative or even a nightstand.

In fact, if you’ve ever been a guest at home that doesn’t have a designated desk or area to set up a laptop or charging station for phones and tablets you’ve likely noticed almost immediately. 

Afterall, there’s a reason even most hotel rooms have a small table or separate area set up for conveniences like these.

Creating a Simple Office Space for the Bedroom

We’ve been using a slim console table in the master bedroom as a desk.  It was another piece that worked well for a while.

But over the years our need for a larger desk have become more evident. 

It seems weird to even say that because we already have 2 home offices. 

Nevertheless it’s the convenience of waking up in the middle of the night with an idea to research, caring for sick pups during the day or trying to find a peaceful study alternative that makes creating a simple home office space for the bedroom seem appealing.

Recently, our sweet pup Filbie had surgery and working from our home offices was not an option due to their location. We had to tag team sitting with Filbie throughout the day because he needed extra care. 

In an effort to make it more manageable, we decided to move the desk I’d been using in my office into the master bedroom. 

Thankfully, it was a great option because after we moved the bookcases into the living room and rearranged my office, the big desk I had been using, didn’t fit the space well at all. 

Being open to “shop the house” made it easier to come up with a quick solution so don’t forget to try it at your house too!

I know a lot of us have had to completely overhaul how we work at home, given our current situation. 

Even if you are not nursing a sick pup, your work from home orders might have been extended or perhaps you’re ready to add a desk in your guest room to make it more convenient for your visitors.

Whatever the reason, there are plenty of easy ways to design a utilitarian space that fits your needs.

Here’s a look at 6 things to consider as you’re creating a simple home office space for the bedroom…

Choose the Right Size Desk

The size desk you choose will largely depend on how much space you have in your bedroom.  Think about you plan to use the desk in advance.

If you plan to use a laptop and a few accessories you might be able to get away with using a slim desk or a console table.

However, if the desk in your bedroom will also act as your primary workstation, you might need to consider space for a large monitor and other related computer equipment.

Make Sure You Have a Comfortable Chair

Admittedly finding a desk chair that is comfortable, ergonomic, and pretty is not always easy. 

This slipcovered chair is from IKEA. While it works fine for the length of time we use it, we’re still on the hunt for something that will be both supportive and comfortable.

Keep a Consistent Color Palette

I could sing the praises of keeping a consistent color palette in any season. 

But it’s especially important if you’re creating a simple home office space for your bedroom.  Choosing a color palette that is complements the rest of your room’s furnishings will help to create a cohesive feel that will help to keep you less distracted and more focused.

Consider Your Storage and Organizational Needs

Most desks come with at least one or two drawers. So, consider how you will use them before you set up a simple home office space in your bedroom.

Your storage and organizational needs will likely depend on extra computer equipment or accessories you use through the day.

We’ve organized this desk with a bamboo drawer divider. But you could also use dividers from the dollar store, sturdy cardboard containers or even vintage finds like we used in the nightstand.

The main point is to make sure everything you need has a home because you’ll be more likely to keep your desk and desk drawer tidy!

Choose the Right Outlet

This seems like it should be super simple but honestly, there are tons of outlet and switch options available now. Including, smart switches and outlets you can control with your phone. 

We were looking for a simple way to cut down on all the cords associated with our equipment, so we chose these outlets that multitask as surge protection, USB outlets and electrical outlets too.

Using Natural Light or Lamps

Deciding on how to light your desk area will be a matter of preference.  Especially, given what time you’ll be using the space. 

This bedroom already has 2 large windows, sconces over the headboards and overhead lighting too.  During the day there is plenty of light, but at night we’ll need to look for a light that can easily transition from bright to dim as needed.

As your putting together all the pieces needed to create a simple home office space for the bedroom, think about whether you’ll be more inclined to use natural light or lamps.  

That way you’ll know how much room you’ll need on your desk and how much to build into your decorating budget.

I hope these 6 things to consider as you’re creating a simple home office space for the bedroom have helped. 

Let us know what kind of desk or workstation you’ve been using while working from home!

Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,

CoCo

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6 Comments

  1. Patty Foster says:

    Oh how I LOVE the Secretary Makeover in Cartouche Green! I am forever on a search for a piece like this.

    1. Thank you, Patty! Can you believe my aunt had that piece in her stash? My Mom is so excited to have it now. Especially, with a fresh coat of paint. Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

  2. Hey, girlfriend… do you have a link for the outlet combo you picture? I just found out I will continue working from home two days a week, so a ‘permanent’ office will need to be created in my little space (no more craft table in front of my TV/computer monitor!) Pinned!

    1. I just sent you an email with a few options, Julie! That way, you can choose a plug that best fits your office set up and outlet situation. Let me know if you have any questions. Working from home does take a little bit of an adjustment at first but we actually love it now 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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