Working at home has come to be a part of life for many people around the world. It can be particularly difficult for people who only have space for an office in their bedroom, disrupting a work-life balance.
This is my situation. My office is on the wall directly across from our bed.
So, how can you hide your bedroom office to make your bedroom yours again?
There are many creative ways you can hide your bedroom office without taking away from the aesthetics of your bedroom. You can use a room divider to create a visual border between office space and bedroom. You can convert an extra closet into your office or hang curtains to hide the office.
Working from home can be challenging, and the last thing you want is for your office space to take over your bedroom or ruin your relaxing weekend.
Short of giving up and working directly in bed from a laptop desk — I actually made this one for exactly that purpose — what can be done?
Thankfully, there are many ways you can help hide your bedroom office. We’ll go through the most creative and easy methods in this article, so keep reading!
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How To Hide A Bedroom Office
When working from home, you need to have a work-life separation. This can be challenging when your office is right in your bedroom.
Unfortunately, many people need to set up a bedroom office due to a lack of space.
There’s nothing wrong with having a bedroom office if you’re able to create that work-life separation. If you don’t have this separation, it can be hard to maintain a balanced life.
Your work will interfere with your nightly routine, and your bed can interfere with your work due to their proximity. A bedroom office can not only affect your work-life balance, but it can make your bedroom look messy and disorganized.
Hiding your bedroom office is a great way to reclaim balance and make your bedroom your own again. There are several creative ways to hide a bedroom office, so let’s go through them to find the one that suits you best.
Convert A Closet Into Your Office
If you have a large or spare closet in your bedroom, you’re lucky! This is the perfect thing to hide your bedroom office. You can convert this closet into a hideaway office space in your bedroom.
To convert a closet into a hideaway office, remove all the shelving and buy a desk that fits into the closet space. Be sure to buy a chair that fits under the desk to pack your office space up nicely when you’re done working.
Alternatively, you can remove some of the shelves and install one long shelf at desk level, to create a floating desk for you to work at. Then buy a chair that fits under this for simple and easy storage.
Here are my five favorite floating desks that are perfect for a cloffice like this.
The nice thing about converting a closet into an office area is that you can close the closet door at the end of the workday so your office is hidden nicely.
If you don’t have an additional closet in your bedroom, no worries! There are still some really fun and creative ways to hide your bedroom office.
Create A Visual Boundary In Your Bedroom
If you live in a smaller apartment or house, you can use a room divider to help set a visual boundary in your bedroom.
This is an excellent option as it can be moved around easily, so if you want to move your desk around, you can still easily create a boundary in your bedroom that will hide your bedroom office.
Room dividers can add some color and decorative flair to your bedroom and conceal your office behind it at the same time. Room dividers come in many designs, so you’re bound to find one you like that will also fit into the style of your bedroom.
Hang Curtains From Your Ceiling
Another great option to help hide your bedroom office, especially if your office is in a nook, is to hang curtains from the ceiling. When you’re done with work for the day, you can simply close the curtains, and your office is hidden.
To further hide anything behind these curtains, you can make the curtains a backdrop to other furniture in your bedroom. Move an armchair with a small table in front of the curtains and you won’t even know there’s an office behind them!
Have Custom Furniture Made
If you have the budget, you can have some custom furniture made to help hide your office space in your bedroom. For example, you could have a chest of drawers made, where the middle drawer pulls out into a desk, and when you’re done working, you can push it back in, and your office is hidden.
You can also have a hutch or armoire converted into a desk, where the cabinet doors conceal a built-in desk.
These are great ways to hide your bedroom office without bringing any attention to the area, especially if you have limited space. Your office can be as small as you need it!
Divide An Open Plan Bedroom With Doors
If you have an open plan or a large bedroom, you can install some sliding barn doors in front of your office space to hide it. You can also install these doors if your office is in a nook in your bedroom.
This will hide your office space and help you get the separation you need to have a balanced life. When you’re done with work, all you do is slide the doors closed. These doors come in many different colors and styles, ensuring you will find some that match the style of your bedroom.
Etsy is a fantastic resource for any type of barn door you can dream up. And often, you can request customization specific to your exact space and style preferences.
Depending on your budget and skills, you can install these sliding doors yourself or have a professional do it for you. The DIY route can make this a fairly affordable option!
Use Mirrored Furniture
If you don’t have the space in your bedroom to use any of the previous methods to hide your bedroom office, you can still try a few things to make your office less obvious.
Believe it or not, mirrored furniture for your bedroom office can help hide the office in your room.
Here’s how it works: the mirrors will reflect the surrounding furniture, making the desk blend into the room more, hiding it slightly. You can also create your own mirrored desk by buying mirror pieces from your local DIY store and gluing them to your desk. Then fill the gaps with a wood filler to give it a clean finish.
Plus, a mirrored desk will reflect light and make your room seem bigger. Bonus!
Use Your Desk Instead Of A Nightstand
Another great way to help your desk blend into your bedroom is to place it next to your bed and use it as a nightstand as well. You can place it next to the side of your bed furthest away from the door. Your bed will help hide the desk, and your desk can be multi-purpose.
Working at home can be challenging, especially if you don’t have a spare room to create a lovely home office. Having your office in your bedroom is the only option for most people, but this doesn’t mean you need to have your office take over.
There are many creative ways to hide your office in your bedroom to help you get that work-life separation needed when working from home. All the options listed in this article will help you achieve your goals and keep your life balanced. Good luck hiding your bedroom office!