I received a question in the comment section on my last article that I have decided to talk about today. Nicky asked, “what advice do you have on how to set up a creative workspace in your living room.” Great question Nicky! Let’s explore some of the most useful elements to help you implement a good work space in a dual purpose room.
Living rooms are always a hard space to multi- task in terms of decor. If you live in Arizona, you are usually lucky enough to have both a living room and family room. Your living room is your more formal space upon which you enter your home, and your family room is the room for activity. (We will touch on the differences between these spaces in a future article). Unfortunately, many have to make the most of one “living” room and it can become a tight space when you need to also carve out a section for work or creative activities.
I believe in creating zones within a space to break them down for a given function, but if your space is too small to give a corner to your scrapbooking or creative activities, try purchasing a coffee table that extends upward to meet you as a work table. The cherry coffee table below is from www.fingerhut.com and is a great buy at $179.00, appealing to many different styles of decor. There are many versions of this table available at our local Chandler furniture stores as well, from modern to traditional.
Looking for a place to store your craft supplies hidden within your space? Try a sleek storage ottoman cube. In Chandler, try target on W. Frye, N. Arizona or S. Alma School Road. If you have bookcases in your living room, use decorative boxes to store your projects. You can incorporate decorative hat boxes by placing one or two on each shelf intermixing them with vases, books and statues. It makes them look purposeful, so make sure they are in the same tones as your decor. If you live in Chandler, try your local Ross store for great hat boxes. In other parts of the US, including AZ, try Marshalls or TJ Maxx/ Home Goods for great boxes to display. Can’t find a great box? Buy some gorgeous wrapping paper at Target or other store with a party section and wrap different size shoe boxes for the same effect.
If your decor is more country, French Provincial or traditional, purchase a secretaire (secretary) for your space. It will act as a decorative piece when closed, and a desk when open.
If your sofa is long and can accommodate a table behind it, have a simple, chunky, contemporary sofa table or sideboard made for behind it. Make it the full length of your sofa, but decorate it sparsely with two larger scale vases and a candy dish on one corner, leaving room on the remainder for you to work and then clean up and store away in the afore mentioned ottomans or boxes.
If these purchases are not an option and you are not making much use of your coat closet, consider tucking your workspace out of site, yet near by by adding a full depth, full width shelf in your closet. Add shelving to one side to contain your things, a cork board to the back for all of your ideas, and you can even hang items from the pole where you use to hang your coats.
If you have unused space under a staircase, even if enclosed, consider a small remodel if you lack a work space. It is a minimal cost to have the storage space or wall removed and add a triangle shelf unit incorporating a small desk.
I can go on and on with this subject, as there are so many great ideas for making a multi-functional space. I hope these will help you. If you need help with your space, please contact me at [email protected] Any questions can be directed there as well. Beginning next week I will do a question and answer column called “Tell Me Tuesday”.