Easily Transform Your Space Into a Home Office By Day, Personal Living Area at Night
Everyone likes to be able to get away from their work at the end of the day and relax. Achieving this separation between work and home can be difficult when your work space and your living space is one and the same. The problem is compounded when there isn't a separate room in the house for work where you can just close the door when you are done. Often times, space constraints demand that a single room and/or piece of furniture needs to do double duty. Storage systems that can quickly convert a space in the home into an office, but be hidden from view outside of work hours are a valuable and viable solution in this situation.
Use simple hidden desks to make your space do double duty so that you can easily work from home, transforming your living area into a home office and back again on demand.
Different Types of Hidden Desks That Make It Easy to Work From Home:
There are four main types of hidden desk systems used in home office furniture design including the pull-out desk, the Murphy desk that pulls down from the wall or cabinet, the pivoting fold away desk and the closet desk. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
1. The Pull-Out Desk With File Drawer
The pull-out desk it essentially a large shelf that pulls out from underneath a cabinet. It is usually part of a larger wall unit or entertainment center. The desk is used in conjuction with a set of drawers below for office supplies and for filing papers. A cabinet above the desk is used for office equipment like computer monitors and printers. On the plus side, this type of desk takes up the least amount of space, and can be incorporated into any room that offers space for the wall unit or cabinet. It should be at least 27 inches wide in order to provide an adequate work surface. The downside of this type of desk is that 27 inches isn't very much of a work surface. The pull-out shelf can't hold a lot of weight, and must be relegated to holding the laptop, keyboard, mouse and other light weight items. Monitors, printers and heavy items must be kept in the cabinet or drawers.
A pull down desk functions in a similar manner to a Murphy bed. The work surface is stored vertically inside a cabinet/wall. The back side is hinged just like a folding countertop and secured to the cabinet. To open, just pull down from the top (unhinged) tabletop until it is perpendicular to the floor. A folding leg supports the table in its open position. The advantage of this type of hidden desk is the size. You can easily get a long enough worksurface to provide the 40 inches of legroom needed for human comfort. It supports a decent amount of weight. It is completely invisible when closed and the cabinet can be locked. The disadvantage is that you can't leave any material out on the desk when it is stored in its closed position. If you are naturally neat and tidy, however, that may not be an issue.