Do Your Homework

Whether you simply need a spot to deal with correspondence, a place to indulge in a favourite hobby, or a fully functioning office for the nine-to-five, a workspace of some kind is a must in any home. You might find that all you need is a small table or desk in the corner of another room (or even tucked under the stairs), but if your work or hobby requires more storage – or a place in which to hold meetings – a dedicated room is best. If space is already tight, why not consider a loft or garage conversion? Alternatively, you could create the perfect workspace (with a most pleasant commute) by building a garden office.

Eclectic office furniture - © Bruce Hemming/GAP Interiors

Eclectic office furniture – © Bruce Hemming/GAP Interiors

In the corner
If you need to create a working area in a room that has another purpose, choose furniture and storage that fits with the room’s aesthetic. If possible, choose a laptop over a desktop PC, so it can be hidden away.

Studio - © Maxwell Attenborough/GAP Interiors

Studio – © Maxwell Attenborough/GAP Interiors

Blank canvas
Collections of inspirational pictures and objects often get the creative juices flowing, so when decorating a studio space stick to whites and naturals, which will create a neutral backdrop for a colourful display.

Desk made from old wooden crates - © Caroline Mardon/GAP Interiors

Desk made from old wooden crates – © Caroline Mardon/GAP Interiors

Crate idea
Who says great office furniture needs to be expensive? This desk offers plenty of workspace and storage, and is imaginatively constructed from packing crates and a few old floorboards.

Contemporary office - © Julien Fernandez/GAP Interiors

Contemporary office – © Julien Fernandez/GAP Interiors

Round table discussion
If your work involves get-togethers of any kind – whether with clients or collaborators – choose a centrally placed table rather than a desk, for a more productive and comfortable meeting.

Modern Study - © Tria Giovan/GAP Interiors

Modern Study – © Tria Giovan/GAP Interiors

Room with a view
A desk in front of a window can be a wonderful thing, especially if there’s a beautiful view to inspire you, but make sure you choose window dressings to filter the light on a bright day.

Modern summerhouse - © Amanda Turner/GAP Interiors

Modern summerhouse – © Amanda Turner/GAP Interiors

Inside outside
Whether you’d like somewhere for a hobby – perhaps sewing or writing – or would prefer to have an office that’s separated from your home, a garden building is a great way to create extra workspace.