There are many reasons why someone might want or need a home office. Perhaps your employer gives you the option to work from home. Maybe you own and operate a small business. If you’re a student, you might need a workspace for your laptop or desktop computer and various textbooks.
In any case, apartment dwellers can come across a specific set of challenges when trying to create their own home office. Generally speaking, apartment residents may have to be more conscientious of space and how it is used than traditional home owners.
Ideally, one would rent an apartment with an additional bedroom that has the potential to be converted into a home office. At Beacon Clarendon’s downtown Arlington, VA luxury apartments, select layouts offer extra space specifically to help working professionals get the job done. There are a variety of one and two bedroom floor plans that include a den area that can easily be customized to become your next office space.
How do you know which layout is right for your needs? Your floor plan may be determined by the nature of your work. If your job involves an inventory of physical products or a lot of paperwork, you may want to have an entire room devoted to its organization. if you feel more comfortable separating work and personal space, you may also consider a dedicated room to carry out meetings with clients.
However, if most of your work exists in the digital realm, you can easily fit a home office into a relatively smaller space. It is even possible to integrate your office into your own bedroom or living room. Here are some desk options for those lacking obvious space for a home office:
Corner Desks – Utilize every square foot of what precious space you have and look for an empty corner to create your home office. Choose minimalist features, like a simple surface supported by four legs. Or choose a desk with drawers, built-in file cabinets, or install floating shelves for additional surface area to store your supplies.
Closet Office – Convert an extra closet into your home office. Simply add a floating shelf the length of the closet at the right height for you to comfortably sit and work away. Place a detached filing cabinet underneath the shelf (now desk) to store important documents. Closets typically have shelving higher up. Place bins across the upper shelving for additional storage or to simply display decorative pieces.
Convertible Desks – Perhaps one of the more unique options is the convertible desk. The basic idea is that this desk is contained in what looks like a thin, enclosed shelf fastened to a wall. When the shelf is opened and unfolded, the door is used as the leg, and an attached piece the same length and width as the door becomes the desk’s surface. This is the most discreet option for the renter who needs to quickly make adjustments to fully optimize their apartment space.
Portable Laptop/C Table – If mobility is your primary concern, you may want to invest in a portable laptop table or c-table. Many portable laptop tables are designed to secure your laptop in place, have wheels, and adjustable features. C-tables are light and easily moved, but have less flexibility than a portable laptop. Either option can be used in nearly any area of your apartment home.
Beacon Clarendon’s residents enjoy the convenience of our energy efficient units and built-in USB charging ports, which makes working from home less of a hassle. No matter your profession, Beacon Clarendon welcomes its hard-working residents home to a life of luxury and work/life balance. Schedule a visit today and find the perfect layout for your needs.