Simple! How To Make Multi-Functional Space In Your Home
Our lifestyle has changed completely since the pandemic happened. Many of us are now working from home for the long term, including myself. Some who live with their family have been feeling stressed out from not having enough personal space at home; others living alone feel stressed out from not having enough social time with friends being stuck at home.
Because of this new lifestyle, people have started contacting me for ideas to adjust their home to create a multi-functional space where they can comfortably live with other family members and not feel suffocated in their homes. Ms. Kana Kamitsubo, a business owner, professional pianist and a wife and mother with a five year old son, is one of them.
Kana asked me to help create a “Multi-Functional Bedroom” where she could have a sleeping area, a recreation area for electric piano playing and a home office. She was inspired by visiting my apartment and seeing how I set up two home offices, one in the living room for my husband and one for myself in the bedroom. In addition to creating a work area to the bedroom, I also added recreation area there to play music, exercise and relax. (Image of our home offices) I will share more about it with images and video in the future once we complete it, but today I would like to share very simple tips about how we can make a multi-functional space easily and quickly without buying many new things.
Our Muti-Functional Living Room
1) Our Living room
2) My husband’s home office
3) Dining area
Our Muti-Functional Bedroom
1) Our Bedroom
2) My Home Office
3) Our Sleeping Space
4) Recreation space
While we were preparing for the project, Kana said to me one day, “I really feel stressed out from working on the dinner table every day. It is hard for me to change my mentality from family life mode to business mode, which drains my energy.”
I understood what she meant. If we work at home for long hours everyday, without any border between private life and professional life, our brains get confused and tired. Before the pandemic, she had “commute time” to get to her work place, in which she could be ready to switch her brain to work mode from private life mode. Now, she doesn’t.
Here are the tips I gave her to improve her remote work situation quickly. The first point is to let the dining table have two functions: a dining table where she enjoys meals with her family and a work desk where she can focus on her work.
1) Let the Dining Table Work As A Work Desk.
Originally, the rectangle dinning table with 4 chairs was located in the dining area in a way where 4 people can sit together. (Image A)
But I suggested that she move one side of the table to the wall after removing a chair so that she could sit facing to the window with her back towards the hallway/living room when she works, so that she can avoid seeing anyone in the house. Keeping four seats would leave the table feeling more like a dining table than a work desk. The reason why I had her leave more than one chair is so that Sasha, her husband and business partner, can sit next to her and they can use the table as a meeting table, with an extra chair in case she is watching her son. (Image B)
After I gave her my suggestion, she quickly sent me pictures with a message.