Easily turn your space into a home office during the day, and immediately return to a comfortable living area at night.
Everyone likes to be able to get out of work and relax at the end of the day. When your working space and living space are the same, it may be difficult to achieve this separation between work and home. If there is no separate working space in the house, and you can only close the door after completion, the problem is even more complicated. Usually, due to space constraints, a room and/or a piece of furniture need to bear dual responsibilities. In this case, the space in the house can be quickly converted into an office, but a storage system that is invisible outside of working hours is a valuable and feasible solution.
Using a simple hidden desk allows your space to take on dual responsibilities so that you can easily work from home, turn the living area into a home office, and then return as needed.
Various hidden desks, allowing you to work at home easily:
There are four main types of hidden desk systems used in the design of home office furniture, including pull-out desks, Murphy desks that are pulled down from walls or cabinets, rotatable and foldable desks and closet desks. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Pull-out desk with file drawer
The pull-out desk is actually a large cabinet that can be pulled out from under the cabinet. It is usually part of a larger wall unit or entertainment center. The desk is used in conjunction with a set of drawers below for office supplies and document filing. The cabinet above the table is used for office equipment such as computer monitors and printers. From the front, this type of desk takes up the least space and can be integrated into any room that provides space for a wall unit or cabinet. Its width should be at least 27 inches to provide a sufficient working surface. The disadvantage of this type of desk is that 27 inches is not a large work surface. The pull-out shelf cannot bear a lot of weight, so it must be downgraded to only accommodate laptops, keyboards, mice, and other lighter items.
Murphy style drop-down table
The function of the drop-down table is similar to the Murphy bed. The work surface is stored vertically in the cabinet/wall. The back is hinged and fixed to the cabinet like a folding workbench. To open, simply pull down from the top (no hinge) desktop until it is perpendicular to the floor. The folding legs support the table in its open position. The advantage of this hidden desk is its large size. You can easily get a work surface long enough to provide the 40 inches of legroom needed for human comfort. It supports considerable weight. It is completely invisible when closed and the cabinet can be locked. The disadvantage is that when the table is closed, you cannot leave any material on the table. However, if you are naturally clean and tidy, this may not be a problem.
Rotating and folding desk
A rotatable foldable desk is folded from the bookshelf and opened to form a peninsula desk. It is usually part of a larger wall-mounted unit, which can form an efficient overall office system. In addition to the desk and storage room, it is also equipped with drawers, cabinets and shelves. The advantage of this type of desk is that you end up with a large L-shaped work area. Depending on the size of the credenza unit, you may be able to accommodate multiple workers on the desk. Even if you close the paper and work materials, you can put them on the table, which may be useful when you are working on lengthy projects. The disadvantage is that you do need a lot of open space to open and close this type of desk system.
The closet desk is a desk built into the closet. It can be incorporated into a reachable space or closet.
- Step into the closet: If you want to work at home and have space for a closet, you can leave at least 40 inches of wall space for the built-in closet desk. If you want to put a row of shelves under the table, you need a longer length in order to reserve the necessary 40 inches of open leg room to stay comfortable while working. Walking into the closet is usually a quiet workplace, without interference from other parts of the home. If there are windows in the closet, so much the better. That would be the ideal location for your new closet counter, but it is not a necessary condition for a successful closet office. If your desk is in the corner, you can install an L-shaped countertop to increase the work surface. “L” or return requires at least 15 inches. The advantage of walking into a closet is like having a separate room for a home office. You can also work on a large and relatively traditional desk. The downside is that the closet can become messy, which can distract you from work. If you can’t keep it tidy, consider installing a cabinet with glass doors in the walk-in closet to store all hanging and folded clothes. It will show a cleaner appearance and requires no maintenance. Consider installing a cabinet with glass doors in the walk-in closet to store all hanging and folded clothes. It will show a cleaner appearance and requires no maintenance. Consider installing a cabinet with glass doors in the walk-in closet to store all hanging and folded clothes. It will show a cleaner appearance and requires no maintenance.
- Enter the closet: A small part of the closet can be turned into a table with storage system. If the closet has double doors, there is no need to replace it. If a larger sliding door or other type of door is used on the closet, you may need to remove the door to leave enough space for the desk and seating area. If you have enough wall space, you can replace it with a double door or a fully open barn door later. However, this kind of closet also looks good, without a door. Remove all closet bars and prepare for new features. The empty closet where you used to enter the closet will become your new office. Install the countertop, which extends to the entire space to form your worktop. The upper cabinet can be installed where there used to be closet bars.
Hidden desks are a great way to make a single space perform two functions. Because they are still invisible when you “off work”, using a hidden desktop system as a home office can keep you mentally separated between work and entertainment. The workspace is available when you need it and disappears when you don’t need it. This type of home office may be an ideal solution for your own “work from home” needs.