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Going Minimal for the Holidays – How to Create Dual-Purpose Space


Let’s face it, we don’t all have the luxury of a five-bedroom home where each room has the ability to be converted into a functional space, like an office, playroom, game area, or gym. And when it comes to the holiday season, and you have friends and family coming to visit, it can mean that you feel even more pressure to turn your home into a five-star hotel! The answer to all of these problems is to go minimal for the holidays and create dual-purpose spaces that allow you to have a guest space as well as an office or gym. Let’s get started!


Make Any Space an Office Space

Even during the holiday season, we need to work. If you still have time to work from home, or need an office space for your guests, you don’t need an entire room for that, just a convertible and convenient coffee table or end table. With dual-purpose coffee tables that fold out into desks or end tables that slide under the sofa, you can turn your living room into an office space that is convenient and easy to use.

Turn Your Office Into a Guest Space

When you designed your in-home office, you were probably excited to think about all of the amazing work you would accomplish, and you weren’t really thinking about sleeping in there, were you? If you have family coming in though, you may be wondering how you’re going to fit everyone in. A day bed with a roll out trundle can give you a nice seating area in your office, and two beds that offer plenty of space for guests. Not to mention, this could be a nice place to rest from all of that incredible hard work you do in there.

Divide and Conquer

Sometimes the only thing a room needs to provide a little privacy is a wall divider or partition that can add an element of design, create a separate space, and provide a cozy feeling without really obstructing views or making the space feel smaller. Wall dividers or partitions don’t even have to be permanent; they can be simple, inexpensive, and pulled out only when needed.

Other Ways to Get Minimal

There are so many different ways to minimize the clutter in your home, especially during the holiday season. Furniture today is often built and designed specifically for this purpose! Try looking for furniture that helps you organize and create space for all of the things you don’t use every day. For example, ottomans that open up to a boxed area inside can hold magazines, electronics, or other items that you don’t need out on the coffee table all the time.

Another idea is couches and sectionals that have storage space inside. This is a great place to store extra blankets, towels, and throw pillows that your guests might need when they come to stay. Still need more space to store things? Collapsible boxes, baskets, and storage bins can be put just about anywhere, and look lovely in empty corners and beside couches. You can use them to put kids toys, stuffed animals, extra blankets, and more.


Do You Suffer From Seasonal Affective Disorder?

As you go through your space this winter, minimizing, preparing for family, and creating dual spaces, don’t forget to adjust the coloring in your space to help boost your mood! Make sure that there is plenty of natural lighting available, especially since our days are shorter in the wintertime. Add artwork that is colorful and joyful, and make sure that all of your accent pieces are bright and cheery. Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors inside, putting plants and flowers out so that you can see them.

At Desired Designs we strive to make strategic and functional design solutions accessible to small businesses and homeowners. Our wide range of design services are customized for each individual that we work with. Our goal is always to help you create a space that is relaxing and representative of your personality and tastes. There is no project that is too big or too small, we can work with a wide range of budgets and scope. It would be our pleasure to help you design your life with a custom touch, contact us today to learn more.

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