Working from home is the new normal, but many people are still logging in remotely from their kitchen table or makeshift desk. While you might be able to achieve the bare minimum from this type of set up, you’re still susceptible to distractions and aren’t in an environment that’s conducive to productivity. That’s why it’s never been more important to have a productive workspace in your home. If you find yourself without one and are currently living in a home with a guest room, Closet Organizing Systems™ can help. We’re here to teach you how to turn your guest room into an office that will boost your daily productivity and allow you to live with a better work-life balance.

1. Divide the Room

If you have a guest room and you want to keep the extra space for company, that’s completely fine. There are creative ways you can divide the room to have both a bed and a functional workspace. You might have to rearrange your bed or take out a few decorative pieces of furniture, especially if you want a larger workstation, but there are plenty of ways that professionals can work strategically using the space you have. To really turn a small space into a room of possibilities, consider swapping your guest bed for a opens in a new windowMurphy bed. A Murphy bed can be neatly hidden away while you’re working but is readily available when out of town guests arrive.

2. Determine Your Needs

After determining the amount of space you’re going to dedicate for your office in the guest room, take some time to think about your workspace needs. Do you need a big filing system? A workstation to write or read? Is one monitor okay or should you have room for two? By taking the time to think about your needs, you’ll be able to create a custom solution that caters to your daily work.

3. Gather Supplies

The next step is thinking about all of the supplies you use when working. While some people only need a monitor and a keyboard, others require files, memo pads, fax machines, and more. Gather your supplies to get an overview of what you’ll need in terms of storage and workstation space.

4. Focus on Lighting

Contrary to what you might think, lighting has a huge impact on both your mood and productivity. If your guest room has a window, try to divide the room so that you can see the window while working. The natural light will help boost productivity. Otherwise, consider getting some strategic lighting fixtures to help you get the most out of your workday.

5. Upgrade Your Workspace

If you have a desk already, it’s time to re-evaluate it. Many people have turned to inexpensive, low-quality workstations that they build themselves. Unfortunately, these workstations aren’t conducive to your overall productivity. By upgrading your workstation to a custom system with plenty of storage and workspace, you’ll notice a huge improvement in your organization, efficiency, and productivity.

Working at home can be draining without your own space. At Closet Organizing Systems™, we understand that office efficiency begins with the right workspace. Whether it’s for your guest room or you’re heading back to the office, our designers are here to help you create an award-winning custom office design that’s unique to your needs. No matter how large or small your space is, we can help you design the perfect space that helps you stay organized and productive while maximizing functionality. Contact Closet Organizing Systems™ today to learn more about how we can turn your guest room into an office today.