If you’re like many people these days, you use your home for work as well as for day to day living. For this and a zillion other reasons, you’ll want to make the most of your multi-use space. In the interest of pleasant living, comfortable working, and plentiful play, we are pleased to present a few tips and tricks about how to design your home to accommodate all three.
Planning for work and play
Before you begin arranging your home for work, living, and play, ask yourself a few questions. How do you intend to use your spaces? What sort of work will you do there? Will colleagues or customers be visiting your location? Think about the sort of materials and supplies you need to keep on hand and ponder where you will put them. Will you engage in video conferences from your home office? Will you be doing the majority of your work at home, or will you still spend time in a brick-and-mortar office? Once you know the answers to these simple questions, you’ll be better able to plan your home-based work space, advises Entrepreneur magazine.
Pay attention to ergonomics. If your workspace is not inviting and comfortable, you are unlikely to get much done. Protect your back with a great desk chair, and don’t forget about relaxation time. With a cozy beanbag nearby, you can take a catnap and listen to music and otherwise reset your body and mind before leaning into work again.
You may not have an entire room to dedicate to work. That’s alright. Look for a corner where you can set up your desk, computer, and a dedicated work phone. Consider an under-the-stairs location, if space is at a premium. As long as your workspace contains the basics, you can pull together a work day practically anywhere in your house. On clement days, you can even take your laptop outside and get your work done whilst enjoying sunshine, great weather, and the wonders of nature.
Of course, your home is not going to be all about work. In fact, once your daily assignments are done, you’ll want to have plentiful places to stretch out as you segue into more fun endeavors. If you keep several beanbags around, you can invite lots of friends over to enjoy after-work (or instead of work) pastimes!
As far as colors are concerned, choose tones and shades that inspire. Bear in mind that blues, greens, and other oceanic colors tend to be soothing and relaxing, while bright oranges, reds, and yellows uplift and inspire. There’s no reason your home work space has to be boring. Make it a personal space that reflects your taste and style. Hang your favorite art on the walls, and don’t forget to install a great bookcase you can fill with reference material and other readables. As long as you have the basics in place, your work space can be anything you want it to be.
The birth of the beanbag chair
Have you ever enjoyed the body-hugging comfort of a fabulous memory foam mattress? A beanbag chair is a bit like that. Filled with styrofoam pellets, the first beanbag chairs were devised in 1968 by Italian designers Cesare Paolini, Franco Teodoro, and Piero Gatti. According to Architecture Art Design magazine, the trio found themselves inspired by the modernist design trend that was prevalent throughout Europe in the peace-and-love days of the Sixties.
You may not be able to find an original pear-shaped ‘Sacco’ styrofoam-filled beanbag chair, but you can buy all the modern, foam-filled bean chairs you want at Fombag. When you’re ready for the ultimate in relaxation, visit Relax at www.fombag.com and start browsing a splendid selection of cozy beanbag furniture.
21st-century beanbag furniture
The first beanbag chairs were stuffed with polystyrene foam pellets. Effective, but not nearly as wonderful as today’s modern, more supportive urethane-filled beanbag furniture. Whereas original beanbag chairs were pretty much one-size-fits-all, today’s beany furniture comes in sizes that range from little kid’s chairs to 8-foot wide beanbag loveseats. Bean-filled ottomans, pillows, and bolsters add interest and comfort to your work and play spaces.
Full-tilt 1970s decor
There is something wonderfully ironic about pulling 21st-century style back a few decades. Complement your beanbag furniture with wood paneling, shag carpet, lava lamps, and other mid-century clues. Remember that everything old is new again, suggests Champagne Living magazine.
Today’s foam-filled furniture comes in a myriad of colors and styles to coordinate with whatever you have in mind for your living, working, and play spaces.
Holly Robertson is an interior designer who works from her home office when she’s not out at clients houses. With a toddler and 2 teens in the house, she knows first-hand about creating separate working and living areas. Read her design tips on home decor sites, lifestyle blogs and more.