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The living room workspace: productivity meets comfort
A good workspace can fit seamlessly into the flow of many rooms in your house, especially if you don’t have space for a dedicated home office.
 
Bruno Bornsztein of Curbly tells us about his family’s work-from-home space in the living room.  

Q     What’s the benefit of the multipurpose living room workspace?

Living room office Soft Modern Wall Shelf

The living room is where we relax and gather as a family. And while we try to keep career and family time separate, we don’t have a separate home office, so we have to be flexible. We added an office nook in the living room so we can be close to our kids and each other when we need to check emails and write blog posts.

Q     What did you consider when picking furniture for your living room workspace?

Living room office Soft Modern Accent Chair and Kirby Desk

We wanted to preserve the integrity of the living room. It needed to function and feel like a family space.  We looked for a writing desk with a light profile, a chair that was comfortable (and could serve as extra seating), and shelving that could stow cords and laptops — as well as the kids’ masterpieces and beloved books. 

Living room office Soft Modern Coffee Table

Q     How much space do you need for a productive living room workspace?

Living room office Kirby Desk

Most of our work is done on laptops, so our space needs are small. A small writing desk, comfortable chair and a little storage are all we needed.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Kirby Desk has a slim profile, so it’s unobtrusive and subtle in the space, leaving the primary focus on family and gathering.

Q     What’s your take on multipurpose furniture? 
 

Living room office Soft Modern Coffee Table

It’s a necessity! A coffee table can serve as a small, informal work surface and, more often, a quick footrest for sofa work.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Soft Modern Coffee Table functions in all the traditional living room ways. It’s also a great work surface for us and for the kids as they create their colorful crayon masterpieces. 

Q     What is your ideal office chair for the living room?

Living room office Soft Modern Becket Chair

Something that is small, comfortable and versatile.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Soft Modern Becket Chair has an elegant, low profile, and the upholstery is soft.

Q     Living room office storage: out in the open or hidden away?
 

Living room office Soft Modern Wall Shelf

I like open storage in the living room because it makes the shelf a showpiece. A closed-up storage piece feels too utilitarian to be a part of everyday life in the living room.
 
EXPERT PICK: The Soft Modern shelving is modern, beautiful and full of visual interest. Did I mention, it holds ALL OF THE THINGS?! 

Q     So, how do you keep clutter in check with open storage in the living room?

Living Room office Soft Modern Wall Shelf storage

Baskets! We use (fake) gold-plated wire baskets to contain some clutter. Also make sure you regularly pare down the clutter by emptying the shelves, dusting and putting back only the things you need. Remember, though: Put things where they belong so you can easily find everything later.

Q     What’s your go-to lighting in a living room workspace? 

Living room office Kirby Desk

We love natural light, and we’re fortunate that our home has lots of it. If I have to work late, I switch my computer monitor to a warmer color temperature, dim the overhead lights, or use a small task lamp so my eyes aren’t getting scorched. 

Q     What is the most important thing to remember when creating a work-from-home               space in the living room?

Keep in mind the primary goal:  The living room should be a place to gather and relax. Remember that it’s a place for family first.
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