HI HO! HI HO!…It’s off to work we go!


By: Tammy Trippel

And in today’s work world – busting with all the latest in technology and our country’s rage for telecommuting, that means “off to work you go” might actually be right in your own home!

What does all this mean for you and the rooms you use in your home?  Why it means that finding a quiet, productive workplace will be critical to your “working from home” success.

For some, your work place might actually be your kitchen or dining room table.  Certainly not the most ideal location for you home office – but often times the first place many telecommuters find themselves.  I believe that with a little careful planning and ingenuity you might possibly have some better home office alternatives right in front of you!

When my clients find themselves working from home, I suggest that they first begin by taking stock of the rooms in their home that are the least used.  Perhaps a spare bedroom or even a seldom used formal dining or living room could become the new location for your home office.

If a spare bedroom is available, it could easily and stylishly be converted to a home office. Because it’s important that your home office space be functional as well as decorative, utilizing the services of a professional interior decorator will be the key to your success in helping you maximize your productivity and concentration.

If your choice is to make a seldom used room double as a home office, and space is at a premium, I suggest you consider purchasing a computer armoire.   These gorgeous cabinets are beautiful pieces of furniture that have been outfitted to house all your computer apparatus and home office needs.  When in use, everything opens up and is easily at your fingertips.  And when not in use your room gets the benefit of a beautifully designed piece of furniture.

There are several companies now that make beautiful home office furniture. You are no longer limited to a metal desk and metal file cabinets. Some of the selections can be custom configured to meet your exact needs with regards to size, configuration, style and color and if you can not find your exact “wish list” item consider working with your decorator and a custom cabinet maker to create a custom, one of a kind statement piece! The same is true for desk chairs; there are amazing selections available to help customize your home office space.

If you think there is no room in your home for an office, look again.  With a little creative space planning, you can come up with a beautifully and creatively designed workspace solution that puts working at your kitchen table to shame!

Tammy Trippel

Decorating Den Interiors