Are you one of the nearly four million people who spend time working at home? Maybe you have kids with homework to do, or you just want a quiet space to curl up with a good book.
Whichever floor plan you have, our Springs luxury apartment homes are spacious enough to accommodate your needs. Create the perfect nook with these eight clever apartment study room ideas.
Divide and Conquer
It's great if you have a separate bedroom to use, but all you need is an area that's partitioned off from distractions. Folding screens, drapes and floor mirrors divide the space while adding to the overall decor.
No Multitasking Furniture
Beds, couches and dining tables all have primary functions that make it difficult to attain the right frame of mind for work or study. At minimum, the area should have a practical chair and a flat, dedicated work surface — try one of these quick and easy DIY desks.
No matter how perfect you think it is, your chosen spot is doomed if it doesn't have at least one electrical outlet. Be sure to include a power strip with a surge protector to handle multiple devices. Consider using one that also features USB ports for charging your mobile devices.
Shed Some Light on the Subject
Proper lighting is essential. It's an advantage if the space includes a window, but if it's in a corner or against a wall, incorporate a floor or table lamp to provide sufficient light.
Work will take twice as long if you have to get up every time you need a pen or notebook, so make sure you plan storage space for the supplies you use regularly.
- Floating shelves are versatile, easy to install and provide a nice accent.
- Kill two birds with one stone by creating a desk with a flat surface placed atop two file cabinets.
- Secretary desks are convenient all-in-one options that range from minimalist to armoire-sized.
- Make the most of vertical space with modular and stackable storage that can scale up or down as needed.
You may insist that you work better with a messy desk, but with limited space it's hard to concentrate in the midst of clutter. Get in the habit of putting everything away, or at least placing it in a neat stack, when you're done working.
Personalize the Space
Functional doesn't have to mean boring. Personalize your space with a piece that adds visual interest and makes you happy, such as a plant or favorite framed picture.
Get Up and Move!
Even though you're working at home, you still need and deserve breaks. Make a point to get up periodically and walk for a bit, whether it's around the block or out to the kitchen for a coffee refill. Set an alarm if need be. Some fitness trackers even alert you each hour if you haven’t walked at least 250 steps.
Do you have a workplace or reading nook in your home? Share your favorite apartment study room ideas in the comments!