With all of the changes of the past year, your daily routine at home may have changed too — especially if you’ve been working from home while your kids are learning virtually. But a new routine doesn’t mean you have to give up space or comfort. Buying a new home gives you the opportunity to prioritize your space needs by selecting floorplans containing a dedicated home office or flex spaces to be used as a playroom or home gym. Even with all of these wishlist rooms we know it’s still important to make the best use of every room in your home with more time being spent here.
In fact, there are fun ways to reimagine the layout of the rooms in your home to better suit you and your family’s needs. (After all, sharing an “office” with your kids’ “classroom” certainly has its fun perks… but recess time definitely shouldn’t get in the way of your 12 PM Zoom meeting.)
With the holidays around the corner, there’s no better time to give yourself the gift of comfort. The addition of certain furniture pieces can completely change the way a room functions, making your new routine even more enjoyable.Set Up a Home Office in Your Master Bedroom
If you like the idea of private space to work, it’s easy to set up a home office in your master bedroom without “overwhelming” the normal functions of your room. With the right furniture and positioning, you can enjoy a peaceful, private home office that feels completely separate from where you fall asleep and wake up every day.
Look for a stylish desk, comfortable chair, and work lamp that complement the existing decor of your room, and face them toward a wall or window. That way, you won’t get distracted by looking at your bed while you work. Take a look at your bedroom and think about where you would feel comfortable sitting, then measure that space to find furniture pieces that will fit well.
If you prefer minimal furniture, a sleek standing desk typically takes up little space (while allowing you to get a little exercise in during the day)!Use a Secondary Bedroom as a Classroom
If your kids are learning virtually for the time being, you know how sweet it is to spend more time with them throughout the day. But you also know that “school life” calls for more space to spread out. A quick “refresh” of a secondary bedroom can create the perfect classroom or recreation room for your kids.
A storage bed is a great piece to help you and your kids stay organized without sacrificing space. You can store your kids’ school supplies and toys in the drawer under the bed, and tuck it back in at the end of the day for an easy transition. If you don’t want to replace the existing bed, you can also look for storage bins to place underneath it.
Another piece of furniture that makes great use of space is a folding sofa. This can be used as a comfortable seat for virtual learning on a laptop, and as a place to relax before and after classes. With its ability to fold, it won’t take up too much space when it’s not in use. This way, you can keep the existing decor in the room, while adding comfort and flexibility for your kids.
Even if working from home and virtual learning are only temporary, you can still quickly and easily reimagine the spaces in your home with the right furniture!
We really enjoyed working with folks at Auburndale (our new home), especially Dean!