Home Offices: High-Density Tips for Home Offices

Designs from the home front: Planning makes a good (floor) plan

February 1, 2001

Two home offices in a two-bedroom townhouse doesn’t leave Bob and Ruth Friedman, of Coldwell Banker, Woodland Hills, Calif., much room for sleeping. Nor does their 24/7 approach to real estate sales.

  • Building in a Murphy bed along the 16-foot wall will free up much needed space. New, high-quality Murphy beds don’t compromise bed quality and will free up the room during the day.
  • Building in shelving and storage on both sides of the Murphy bed will create a uniform look and add places for files and personal effects.
  • Creating privacy for the sleeping area could also be achieved by building a partial-height wall parallel to the bed. Add lighting on the top for drama and lighting in the bed area. This would allow one person to sleep while another works.
  • Adding a desk and storage to the other side of the partial wall would provide a second work area and a place for a computer.
  • Building storage up with shelving on the 20-foot wall would take advantage of wall height and help reduce clutter.

Whatever your home office challenges, good space planning can give you a head start on creating a more productive, more attractive workplace for your real estate business.

Mariwyn Evans

Mariwyn Evans is a former REALTOR® Magazine writer and editor, covering both residential brokerage and commercial real estate topics.

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