So you want a home office in small apartment? You are not alone. With the rise of people working at home, whether as a blogger or an eBay entrepreneur, comes the demand for a workspace.
Workspaces can be either minimal or very busy. But whichever type of home office worker you are, small apartment works area must have function in mind when designing.
Everybody needs somewhere to store bills, papers and even an answering machine. Some of us can be satisfied with a spare drawer or shelf, while others have more demanding space needs, even perhaps a separate area.
However, the ideal for most small studio apartment dwellers is a table and chair in a corner: a place to make decisions, think, and dream.
For an efficient work area, the basic requirements are a table or wall-mounted surface that flaps down, a folding chair and plenty of shelves. But it also always helps if the space can be hidden or closed off, so that work can be left out when you have to take a quick nap or sleep overnight.
This, however, should not be that expensive to work on. Using folding screens can be used to hide the clutter, or, similarly it may be fine hiding cleaning the work papers behind cabinet doors in an alcove.
Maximizing Current Space for a Work Area
Kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms are the most obvious places to put workspaces, but you can similarly put it in a lobby or a stair landing (see photo above).
Anyone wishing to use their study regularly should also spend some time selecting the right table and chair. The latter should be reasonably portable and compact, so that it can be used elsewhere.
And when you are sitting, it should allow your feet to rest comfortably on the floor, with your knees very slightly lower than your hips.
The desktop or table should be high enough to allow your legs to slip underneath. But it should also be possible to rest your hands on the top, arms relaxed at your side and your elbows comfortably bent at 90 degrees.
Strong, direct light, similar to the ones emitted by Anglepoise lamps (see first photo), is perfect if you do close work and read for an extended period of time. Otherwise, it is advisable to use lights that reflect sideways on the area that you work at.
With laptops or personal computers, do not place the screen facinga light source such as a window because of the glare it can cause. Again, use light from the side rather than from the above.