How to design a study in a small home

Hello, I’m Abhishek. I'm a contributor with Yahoo and welcome to my home, which my wife and I decorated a few years ago. It’s a 1BHK but it came with two bathrooms. We decided to convert one bath area into an open kitchen space so we would get an extra room. We converted the kitchen into a study-cum-guest room. Here’s how we did it.

Start by defining the purpose of the room. Would you like it to be a study? A guest room? A TV room? Or all of it? Once you’ve defined what you want the room to be, start looking for furniture accordingly.

We had to create space for our books so we made this small bookshelf that accommodates all our books.

We’ve worked from home for several years so we needed a desk and a comfortable chair.

You can get a much slimmer desk and chair from several online stores.

If you have a niche, place your desk in that niche to save space. Alternatively custom-make a futon in the area. Make space for a sofa-bed. This can open up when your guests arrive.

Add in quirky elements to make the space your own.

There’s a functioning retro telephone on the office desk and a small pocket watch, just to keep the time.

Covers of our favourite magazine are framed to occupy one of the narrow walls.

And a large print of a Picasso occupies the wall behind the sofa-bed so it doesn’t look empty.

We’re yet to decide what goes up on this wall. We don’t want a TV so chances are there will be a picture that will go up here.

You can also convert this easily into a children’s room with the same elements – bed, desk and chair – but with a different colour scheme.


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