Your busy work life combined with family life can have an impact on your productivity, as well as your family’s. Creating a shared office in your apartment is the perfect solution to save space and encourage healthy homework habits for your children. Here are some tips on how to create a multi-purpose work area for your entire family in your apartment.
Designate a Corner of the Living Room
Traditionally, the living room is a place of gathering where families come together. Challenge the traditional use of the living room space by adding a second purpose to it: a shared family office. Designating a space for a shared workspace will make accessing the office easy for everyone, while promoting a healthy work and family life balance.
Repurpose a Closet
In an apartment, space for an office can be limited, especially for a shared family workspace. Instead of taking an entire room to create an office, try turning a closet into your shared workspace. The doors on the closet make cleanup easy, and it will take up less floor space in your apartment. If you can, try using a closet that everyone can easily access, like one in the living room or kitchen.
Use Shared Furniture
When planning a shared family workspace, it is important to remember that the furniture you use should be functional for everyone in your family. Using a double or triple desk will allow each person to have their own designated space, and make it easier to have more than one person working at a time. If your apartment is limited for space, a corner desk like this one, or a split desk like this will also allow for a shared workspace.
Rethink the Traditional Office
Instead of permanently designating a space for a home office, try using the kitchen table as a temporary workspace. Create a work caddy with office supplies for you, and school supplies for your children for easy cleanup for mealtime, and store it away when it is not in use. This option is the perfect solution for an apartment with limited space.
Make Use of Unused Space
Regardless of whether it is a corner in the living room, or the wall at the end of a hallway, making use of these overlooked spaces can be useful for creating a multi-purpose workspace for your family. The small spaces are in common areas of your apartment, making them accessible to everyone in the family, and they don’t require sacrificing a space that could be used for other purposes. They are the perfect solution for families of all sizes living in an apartment.
Living as a family in an apartment doesn’t mean there is no space to designate as a shared family workspace. Being creative and using the right furniture will help you and your family achieve the perfect balance between work and family life, and will give your apartment a more efficient workspace for everyone. For more ideas on how to create a multi-purpose work area for everyone in your family in your apartment, visit the Medallion Blog.