Anyone who works from home (even just a little) knows a dedicated home office space with a door is #goals. Unfortunately, not every home has an entire room to spare. If setting up shop at the dining room table is too distracting or won't cut it for your conference calls, the next best bet is to put a desk in a comfortable, quiet space with a door (aka the bedroom). Here are 20 bedroom office ideas to inspire productivity (and maybe a little procrastination while you redesign).
20 Bedroom Office Ideas to Inspire Productivity
1. Make the desk pull double duty as a nightstand.
Whether you're short on space or you just don't want to have to look directly at your work area from bed, consider using a desk in place of a nightstand like designer Kate Lester did for a recent client project. And hey, if you wake up with a brilliant idea at 2:00 a.m., you don't even have to get out of bed to jot it down.
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2. Go big.
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3. Set up shop in front of a window.
If your productivity is dependent on a steady stream of natural light, position your desk in front of a window like Alina Pál did in her beautiful Berlin bedroom. In addition to the extra vitamin D that you'll be absorbing, you'll also have a nice view that might inspire your next great work of art. Or email. Or something.
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4. Keep it modern and minimalist.
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5. Go for a midcentury twist.
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6. Take a cue from dorm rooms.
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7. Use a headboard as a room divider.
Here's a bedroom office idea we hadn't thought of: Put your desk behind your headboard like in this creatively styled studio apartment. An upholstered headboard will keep your workspace out of sight while you sleep.
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8. Incorporate true "office" elements with a chic twist.
If you want your bedroom office idea to really work for you, incorporate stylish versions of elements that you'd find in a "real" office. Virtual design team Topology Interiors created a custom chalkboard wall calendar that totally works in this chic bedroom workspace.
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9. Craft a beautiful built-in for a DIY workstation.
Nobody said your bedroom desk space needs to be an actual desk. For this gorgeous guest room design, Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch DIYed a built-in work area that has plenty of storage but still maintains a pretty small footprint.
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10. Try a drop-down, wall-mounted desk.
Consider this proof that no bedroom is too small for a workspace. A compact wall-mounted desk in this Hudson Valley home by GRT Architects offers the perfect balance of form and function. Its drop-top functionality is not only a space-saving bonus but a design-forward one as well.
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11. Reserve the far side of the room.
If you have the square footage for it, arrange your bedroom home office in a way that allows for distance between the bed and the desk. Take a cue from this home's open layout and arrange the furnishings away from one another to carve out independent zones.
12. Pare it down to a minimalist writing desk.
If you're looking to carve out a small home office in your bedroom without compromising the existing design scheme, take note of this setup belonging to Emma Tuccillo, the founder of And North, and consider ditching the standard officeware. A vintage writing desk can offer a bold splash of character and style while still remaining functional.
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13. Tuck a desk behind a wardrobe.
If there's one thing we've learned from this tiny Palm Springs getaway by Stayner Architects, it's that a home office can exist just about anywhere, even in the primary bedroom. Tucked between the wardrobe and floor-to-ceiling windows (beautifully concealed behind the ochre drapes), a sleek desk space with a built-in filing cabinet offers all the basics of a full-blown workstation.
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14. Invest in a built-in desk.
The streamlined built-in seen in this Tokyo-based dwelling design by CASE-REAL extends from one end of the room to the other, offering a perfectly minimalist window seat that doubles as a productive workspace. The idea is pretty genius if you ask us.
15. Don't forget the kiddos — set up a homework desk.
When we think "home office," we immediately imagine a space for adults to do their work, but kids need an area to be productive too. This floral-filled bedroom by architect Camille Hermand features a colorful workspace complete with a bubblegum pink desk lamp that is bound to do wonders for your little one's creativity — and schoolwork, of course.
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16. Choose a high-design desk chair.
A bedroom home office doesn't necessarily need to be equipped with an ultra utilitarian office chair. Get creative with a design-forward option (that doesn't scrimp on function) to keep the setup feeling like a cohesive extension of your space.
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17. Use a window nook to house a desk.
No nook or cranny of a bedroom is too compact for creating a dedicated workspace, and this dreamy, minimalist setup by design firm Shelter is definitely one to mirror. Go for a small desk that's built-in or even a floating shelf in lieu of a traditional freestanding version to maximize valuable floor space. Complete the scene with a Scandi-chic chair and table lamp.
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18. Use a floating shelf.
Whether it's the back of a bed's headboard, the closet wall, or a lone stretch of empty wall space, a floating shelf can always function as a design-forward alternative to a traditional desk. In this 1980s apartment by Laura Ortín, the work surface is ingeniously designed to fold down when not in use, making for the ultimate pop-up experience.
19. Keep it simple with a minimalist industrial desk.
In this industrial Philadelphia loft belonging to photographer Max Grudzinski, a minimalist desk perfectly captures the essence of the existing scheme, complementing it in both color and style. Set in the corner under a wall of steel-framed windows, the light-filled workspace feels like an organic extension of the sleeping quarters.
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20. Go for a double desk.
Urban Oaks Design Co. doubled up on the idea and created a home office for two. The long DIY-friendly wood desk is home to a trio of filing cabinets that provides ample storage space. But the setup also includes shelving that mimics the length of the desk and runs from one side of the room to the next, resulting in even more storage. And although this office space is big on function, the forest green backdrop and impeccably styled shelves prove that this design is far from all work and no play.
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