The key to good and efficient small bedroom office combo ideas is balancing practicality with style, so as not to encroach on your sleep space. However, for those that don’t have the space for a dedicated room there are many ways to incorporate a workspace into your existing bedroom office. With more and more people working from home in a post-pandemic world, having a dedicated room for a small bedroom with an office is becoming increasingly important as a way to separate to maintain a stable work-life balance. 'For an small bedroom office combo that blends your home office desk area into an existing design scheme, consider a tonal color palette, choosing a color from your existing scheme for your desk or chair to create a seamless and harmonious feel,' says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene (opens in new tab). 'Making a small bedroom office combo work beautifully and efficiently takes a few interior design tricks,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor, Homes & Gardens. Here, this space-saving design from Ligne Roset can be flipped closed at the end of the day – and there's even a dedicated space for notebooks and a tablet to be kept within the unit.'
'We placed this compact Sebastian Cox desk directly in front of the window to allow as much natural light as possible, as well as a beautiful viewpoint, to the desk area which is hugely important when considering the layout of a small bedroom office combo,' says Clara Ewart, head of design at Kitesgrove (opens in new tab). 'Finding the right spot for your home office is key to productivity,' says Joanna Baumard, co-founder of Purlfrost (opens in new tab). 'In this small bedroom, to maximize use of space we designed a streamlined bespoke joinery unit including a desk, open storage and wardrobe that runs the length of one wall, freeing up space for a double bed,' says Rosie Ward, co-founder of Ward & Co (opens in new tab).
'Fortunately, you don’t need much to set up a home office these days: just a small desk, a laptop and a chair,' says Simon Temprell, interior design manager at Neptune (opens in new tab). 'A four-poster bed with curtains across the front rail could be the anchor for a small writing desk, creating a soft division between night and day. And if you have a deep bay window you could install curtains across the front of the alcove, creating a work nook that doesn’t encroach.
Step away from the dull and the corporate and there exists a plethora of desk ideas that will complement your home’s architecture and your decorating tastes. 'A small bedroom office is the perfect place to showcase your creativity,' says digital editor, Jennifer Ebert. Your decorating approach, whether it’s maximalist, colorful, minimalist or tailored, will lead the way when it comes to displaying artwork on your walls.' 'The key to a great small bedroom office combo is proportions,' says Melanie Griffiths, editor, Period Living. 'Where space is limited, and your work area needs to be in a bedroom, you can be creative by repurposing the corner of a room, an alcove or space in the eaves to create a workspace for focus that helps to aid your concentration,' says Ruth Mottershead, creative director at Little Greene (opens in new tab). 'Smaller spaces or calm rooms such as bedrooms will work best with a soft neutral scheme such as 'Stone Dark Cool’ combined with ’Slaked Lime’ on woodwork or your desk, which will provide a gentle, yet brighter contrast, creating an elegant and functional space, perfect for an unused corner of your small bedroom office combo.'
We recommend scaling things down, or, in other instances, using the right bedroom color and prioritizing which areas of the diminutive room are to be the focus.