A good bit of the interior design work we do at Bear Interiors is making space work really hard. However large or small a home, you can always winkle a bit more use out of well-planned rooms. Investment in clever design – and furniture which fits spaces perfectly – really delivers.
And many of our clients have rooms which need to do more than one job: the kitchen which also serves as a reception room, the dining room which needs to double as an office. It’s a rarity for a design to meet just one single brief.
Take our clients who needed a home office. Not only do they want a functional and enjoyable workspace for themselves, but staffing levels in their city centre offices also fluctuate according to projects on the go, and sometimes there’s a need for overspill into their home office. That calls for more deskspace, but also the storage and separation which makes it easy to welcome colleagues into a defined area without falling over domestic bits and bobs.
Home-based working can make family contact easier too – as long as you plan it right. Our clients wanted this office to be an attractive place for their children to come and do homework (on the days when their co-workers weren’t using the desks!) while still maintaining a calm and professional working environment.
The solution is creating several flexible desk areas, served by more storage than you can shake a data-stick at, even using under-desk space to the maximum. The space seems far more generous when you can use it in multiple ways, and an air of order keeps everything ticking over even when multiple users need the space.
I especially like the window seat (below), making practical use of the alcove and, of course, building in more storage. We’ve designed similar solutions to under-stairs space and nooks of every size and shape.