When you walk through dining room furniture stores, you probably notice a lot of formal furniture configurations. That can be great for those of you with a lot of space at home; however, there are also those of you with limited space. Limited space means that you might find yourself looking for a room and furniture that can pull double duty—especially nowadays when a home office is more important than ever. Here’s how you can transform your dining room into a double duty space.
Shop Dining Room Furniture Stores
The best place to start your dining room transformation is by shopping for some furniture that can serve multiple purposes. Nearly 13.6% of all e-commerce is from furniture sales, so check out some virtual dining room furniture stores. You can find multi-tasking tables that serve as both your workspace and eating area. Look for a table with extension leaves that can expand from desk to dining in seconds. Many dining room tables have drawers or even hidden storage under a sliding or hinged top to stash away office supplies when it’s time to eat. You’ll want at least one comfy chair for working, but a pair can become head chairs at dinner.
Get Creative with Storage
Scour online dining room furniture stores for storage solutions. You’ll want to get creative so that your much needed storage blends seamlessly with your other dining room furniture. Check out buffets, armoires, dry sinks, display cases, or even bookshelves. You can use decorative baskets to hide your pens, paper, and other supplies that you tuck away on the shelves next to your dishes.
Use Your Wall Space
Don’t have much space in your dining room once a table’s there? Try using your wall space. You can hang floating shelves or cabinets to store your office supplies at the end of the day. Consider using hanging baskets or wall-mounted boxes for storage. Put up calendars or chalkboards to keep yourself organized. Just erase and write out the menu for dinnertime when work is done.
Don’t Forget Comfort
If you have a little extra space, don’t forget to add some comfy touches, such as a plush armchair or even a chaise lounge. It can be difficult sitting in the same place all day staring at a computer, and a little cozy spot in the corner can switch things up and give your legs a stretch. You might want to add a little color with plants, flowers, or throw pillows. Don’t forget your stress ball, zen garden, or tabletop games to give yourself a break from work as well.
Build a Partition
If noise is a problem, you may want to build a partition. You can use panels, screens, or even noise-blocking curtains to get a little quieter and private. Just push them aside at the end of the day. If you need something a little more permanent, you could install sliding barn doors or floor to ceiling bookshelves to enclose the space.
You’ll want to make sure to add some new lighting to your dining room. Typically, dining room lighting is low, and you’ll need something bright to prevent headaches and eyestrain. Bring in some task lighting to place on the table during the workday or switch the overhead bulbs to a higher wattage. You could even use a dimmer switch that takes the room from day to night.
Transforming a dining room into a home office can be done in a few easy steps. Find a few key pieces of multi-functional furniture and get creative with the rest. At the end of the workday, no one will see anything but a dining room.