When you convert an unused room into a home office or library, it will feel like you added square footage to your home! If the space is rarely used, it's worth it to convert it to a space you'll use daily.
First ask yourself which room in the house is rarely used? - normally it's the formal living room. Or maybe the dining room? Then proceed to set the mood......
|A Living Room space we converted to a library|
in Greensboro NC
2) Consider built in book shelves, (if you're custom making them, I recommend file drawers on the lower half). If you don't want to do built ins, add a piece of furniture with open shelves. Built in shelving units can be VERY pricey, so read on for cost effective alternatives.
|Home office with built in shelves and a sofa seating area|
4) Think function - need file drawers? You can always paint metal file cabinets found at a local used furniture supply store. Need lighting? Adding floor lamps will be less expensive than hiring an electrician. Need an escape area? A comfortable chair and or a flat screen might be helpful.
converting to a home office
5) If budget allows, change the carpet to hardwood floors or add an area rug in rich earth tone colors. This will help to set the Library mood.
full lenght drapes made the ceilings feel taller
the wing chairs were recovered in a men's wear fabric with houndstooth pillows
9) Need a space to read? Add a floor next to a comfortable chair and or a flat screen might be fun!
Converting a living room into a home office is something most people say they're glad they did. It will more than likely become a room you'll use everyday!