Help! We live in the city and our condo is small. I have a home-based business but no office. My kitchen table is covered with my computer and other papers. I'd love to be able to eat with my husband again, but I don't know what to do with the office stuff if I reclaim our eating space. Any ideas? Thanks, Margarate Jones
Who was it that said that necessity was the mother of invention? I don't remember, but it is certainly true! Fortunately, those with little space in their home can still have an awesome home office.
Earlier this week, my Twitter buddy Amanda of @AVLCustomCloset was tweeting about some new products they had and I found these amazing space saving gems.
Space Saving Extravaganza – What is a Wall Bed — or a Murphy Bed
One of the first bedroom space saving inventions was the Murphy Bed. Only those of us in North America use this term, but the styles of wall beds are used all over the world. Essentially, it is a bed that has hinges on one end so that you can store the mattress against the wall or inside a closet or cabinet when not in use.
Funny Sidebar on the Murphy Bed
According to More Space Place, “In 1894, William L. Murphy was a single man living in a cramped studio apartment in San Francisco. At the time, it was not socially acceptable to regale with females in the same room that brandished a bed. Murphy would constantly maneuver around the furniture when entertaining guests, so he decided to design a bed that could rest against the wall when it wasn’t in use. He began experimenting with a folding bed, pivoted on the doorjamb of a dressing closet and then lowered into its standard position.” Nothing like wanting to entertain the ladies to create an inventor!
Today Makers of Murphy Beds Are Way More Creative
So you want more office space? Well, here are some awesome alternatives to your kitchen table. There are a number of beautiful styles of space saving beds that are office by day and bed by night. Check out the pictures below for a sampling of products available at More Space Place. You might find just the right solution for your space situation. You can click on each of the thumbnails below to be shown a bigger image of the item.
Murphy Bed Not for You? How About Elevated Living?For some, the idea that they may fold up into the Murphy Bed (I've been assured that does not really happen — only in comedy movies) you may want to consider lofting your bed. I slept in a lofted bed for a couple of years in college because my cousin and I wanted more floor space in our tiny dorm room. It was actually pretty cool. Our son has been sleeping in a lofted bed for the past 5 years and it is an amazing space saver.
Just do a Google search on “Loft Bed” and you will see all different styles. My son's bed is a double/full size mattress with his desk underneath. Be careful if you are claustrophobic though. The beds are frequently pretty close to the ceiling. You can also get kits to make your own if you are handy. Here is one samples from Amazon (below).
Help My Reader Out!
What would you do if you were in Margarate's situation? How would you solve your space challenges? Have you done anything creative with your office space? Share it below in the comments section!
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